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We are hugely excited to introduce the newest member of our team: Sydette Harry.

Sydette is our Community Lead for The Coral Project. She will run all of our output — our Twitter, our newsletter, this Medium publication, and a number of new things we have in the works — as well as supporting people who work in audience and community across the web. She will also be deeply involved in our strategy and practice as we develop our tools.

The technologies of community have shaped her life. Since her first AOL chat in 1999 about the joys of the Buffyverse, to public performance with a women’s theatre troupe and writing articles on the surveillance of black women and online harassment, she is deeply committed to positive and safe online engagement.

A freelance writer for the last 10 years, she has contributed to, Model View Culture, The New Inquiry, and Bitch Magazine. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and we’re thrilled to have her on board.

She is at You’ll be hearing a lot more from her soon.

About The Coral Project
The Coral Project is a multi-year effort to improve the strategy, moderation, and display of contributions to news websites. That includes images, video, and text — as well as raising the quality and functionality of comments sections.

This project is a collaboration between Mozilla, The Washington Post and The New York Times, and is located in a dedicated space at The Times’s headquarters in New York.

This post was first published in our Medium publication.