Your Voice, Your Choice

A startup enables people who participate in voice chat to use realistic artificial voices in real-time.

What’s new: Massachusetts-based Modulate offers a voice-masking tool to forestall harassment of people, particularly women and trans individuals, whose vocal tone may trigger abuse in online conversations, Wired reported.

Why it matters: Women, LGBT+ people, and various racial groups online are often targeted for harassment due to the way they sound. The abuse drives many away from popular video games, social media, and other experiences that encourage audio engagement, making such sites less inclusive and hurting their bottom line.

We’re thinking: Enabling people who are at risk of harassment to hide their identity is helpful. But online moderators — human or AI — also need to play an active role in curbing abuse.

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Thanks for such a great summary, Laura!

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