Digital Platforms and Violence against Women: User Experiences, Best Practices, and the Law
Presented by: Abigail Curlew, Raine Liliefeldt, and Cynthia Khoo
Date & Time: October 20, 2020| 1:00-2:15 PM EST
This webinar will offer insights into one of the panelist’s experiences of being targeted by digital hate groups in order to describe experiences of violence, doxing, the precarity of being visible in online spaces, and the importance of fostering a feminist security culture. It will provide an overview of key privacy, safety and security tips and resources and offer participants tools to create safer spaces for themselves and others. It will also provide an overview of key laws that apply to online platform-facilitated violence, abuse, and harassment, including privacy law, tort law, criminal law, and the developing law on platform regulation.
- To understand how the visibility afforded to us by a social media saturated society fosters opportunities for new forms of risk and gendered violence and how to resist visibility through feminist security culture.
- To have a better understanding of digital literacy and the consequences of what we disclose and consume in order to better support women in the context of shelters, transition housing and beyond experiencing tech facilitated violence.
- To understand the various major types of legal strategies available to address platform-facilitated abuse, including what specific issues they can address and their limitations.
Abigail Curlew is a journalist, doctoral candidate, and trans feminist who specializes in advocacy around LGBTQ+ human rights, surveillance studies, and research around social media, doxxing, and trolls. She currently holds a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral fellowship and a 2019 scholarship with the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation (PETF) for her digital ethnographic research and investigative work into the practices of anti-transgender vigilantes and hate groups. Abigail is currently writing a book titled "DIY Gender Police: Doxxing, (Trans)Misogyny, and the Blight of Far-Right Digital Abuse" for Between the Lines Press. Her bylines have appeared in Briarpatch Magazine, Daily Xtra, The Conversation, and Vice Canada.
Raine Liliefeldt is a communications professional and relationship builder with over 18 years in the non-profit sector. A creative organizer, educator and project manager, she has extensive experience in program planning, organizing grassroots initiatives, youth conferences, producing concerts and cultural festivals. As the Director of Member Services and Development at YWCA Canada, Raine is responsible for a number of mission impact projects including Project Shift, a knowledge exchange project on ending tech-facilitated violence against women and girls and DigitalSmarts, in partnership with MediaSmarts, a national project that provides free, accessible and supportive digital literacy training that meets the specific needs of participants from vulnerable populations. She also coordinates national organizational meetings, capacity building and training events.
Cynthia Khoo is a technology and human rights lawyer and researcher. She is called to the Bar of Ontario and holds a J.D. from the University of Victoria and LL.M. (Concentration in Law and Technology) from the University of Ottawa, where she interned at the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC). Cynthia has extensive experience across key technology and human rights issues such as privacy and data protection, freedom of expression, algorithmic decision-making, technology-facilitated abuse, intermediary liability, copyright, and net neutrality. She is the principal lawyer at Tekhnos Law, a sole-practice digital rights law firm, and has represented clients as interveners before the Supreme Court of Canada.
Technology and Violence Against Women
Presented by: Nasreen Rajani and Dillon Black
Date & Time: November 24, 2020 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EST
For women and other marginalized groups, the issue of technology-facilitated gender-based violence (GBV) has much bigger implications than we even know. Questions of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality remains largely unexamined when it comes to technology and gendered violence. In what ways are women and other marginalized communities impacted and affected by online violence, harassment, and abuse? In this presentation, feminist analysis and grassroots expertise will be used to investigate these complex questions and explore the ways in which we can move forward and make meaningful change. It will present an overview of thinking through technologies to end violence against women with an intersectional lens providing examples of online activism projects taking place in Canada.
- To have a better understanding of why and how to apply an intersectional lens to examining technologies in ending violence against women.
- To explore the ways in which we can move forward and make meaningful change
Nasreen Rajani is a doctoral candidate at Carleton University where her dissertation examines the experiences of racialized and Indigenous women creating their own digital tools and online campaigns to end violence against women in Canada. Her research was supported by a doctoral award from The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Nasreen is also an active board director and the communications chair for the Women’s Initiatives for Safer Environments (WISE) in Ottawa.
Dillon Black, M.S.W. (they/them) is a gender-nonconforming feminist anti-violence & 2SLGBTQI+ rights advocate working on the unceded territory of the Algonquin peoples. They are also a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa. Dillon’s Ph.D. research hopes to look at the surveillance and resistance of marginalized communities in Canada through the intersections of gender-based violence, human rights, and surveillance. For the past 8 years Dillon has been working with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) on improving institutional accountability in responses to gender-based violence to meet the needs of marginalized communities both locally and nationally. Currently, Dillon is coordinating a groundbreaking project to support communities across Canada to pilot Violence Against Women Advocate Case Review (VACR) led by National Expert Surry Marriner. Dillon has served the last three years on Minister on the Status of Women’s Advisory Council to Help Shape the Federal Strategy on Gender-Based Violence, and more recently Dillon was appointed by the Right Honorable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the international Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency. In 2018, Dillon was named as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Global Policy on Gender Equality.
From Trauma Recovery to Trauma Resilience: a 'blue/pinkprint' for trauma with sexual/gender minorities
Presented by: Daniel Pugh, BSW, MSW, RSW, Mental Health Clinician at Casey House and Daniel Pugh Psychotherapy and Social Work Consulting.
Date & Time: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME
Description: The purpose of this webinar is to share insights and experiences about a unique, (psychoeducational) trauma recovery skills group for sexual/gender minorities, as well, develop a ‘community of practice’ that attends to trauma while recognizing the distinct and unique relationship that sex and gender play in our trauma processes and responses.
- To explore the impact that gendered messages have on sexual/gender minorities to process and recover from trauma/PTSD;
- To engage participants in a review of the T.R.E.E program as an adapted model of trauma-informed/specific programming;
- To build new communities of practice that connects sex & gender into trauma-informed practice.
Daniel Pugh (BSW, MSW, RSW) is a mental health clinician at Casey House and his own private practice, Daniel Pugh Psychotherapy and Social Work Consulting. Daniel worked as a clinical social worker and mental health counsellor on the LGBT Team at the Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto, ON. Daniel is also student director on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Prior to shifting into clinical social work, Daniel spent ten years working in gay men’s health and HIV, most recently with Ontario’s Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance as the Manager of Health Promotion.