CANCELLED - Deepfakes and Digital Harms: Emerging Technologies and Gender-based Violence

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
CIGI Campus Auditorium, 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Canada
Public Event: Community Event
Mar 25
Photo Of Woman Using Smartphone (Image by Polina Zimmerman via Pexels)
Photo Of Woman Using Smartphone (Image by Polina Zimmerman via Pexels)

**Following increased concerns about the COVID-19 virus, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) has decided to cancel this event. All other CIGI-hosted events are similarly canceled through April. A decision to reopen events will be made with the health and well-being of our speakers, staff and guests as a first priority.

If you have any questions please contact Andrea Harding at [email protected]**

In an era where technology is deeply integrated in all aspects of our lives, perpetrators of gender-based violence are using technology to abuse women and girls. It is not a solution to stop using technology to avoid this abuse. So what is the solution?

There is growing concern among anti-violence advocates about how to deal with these new types of technology-facilitated harms. In many cases, it requires a new technological skill set to assess the risk of the situation. Many people don’t even know what stalkerware, sextortion, or deepfakes are, let alone how to support a person who has been impacted by them. While legal responses have been slow to catch up with the fast pace of technology, there are a variety of resources, laws, and supports that can help women who have been targeted by this abuse.

Ph.D. candidate Suzie Dunn, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law will explain some of the more common forms of technology facilitated violence, discuss technologies that have been developed to specifically exploit women, and share some supports that exist for these women. This misuse of emerging technologies require responses across multiple sectors: law enforcement, legislators, technologists, victim support workers, educators, and non-governmental organizations. Following Suzie’s presentation she will be joined by a panel of experts for a discussion on the ways emerging technologies impact women’s and girls’ safety online and how they think these stakeholders should respond to these novel harms.

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Event Speakers

Courtney completed her Ph.D. in 2017 at University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. In her interdisciplinary research, she used empirical methods to learn about and describe the use of intellectual property law and norms in creative communities. Following her doctoral research, she joined the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Coordination Office in New York as a legal intern and contributed to developing the joint initiative on gender and innovation in collaboration with UNESCO and UN Women. She later joined the International Law Research Program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation as a Post-Doctoral Fellow, where she conducted research in technology and law focusing on intellectual property law, artificial intelligence and data governance. In between her academic pursuits, Courtney worked on technology start-ups. She completed her LL.L. at the University of Ottawa, and LL.M. specializing in Intellectual Property Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. 


She is currently a Senior Manager within KPMG's Risk Consulting Practice and AI + Society Fellow at the University of Ottawa's Centre for Law, Technology and Society.   

Suzie Dunn is a senior fellow at CIGI, and a Ph.D. student and part-time professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law.

TK is the Public Education Manager for the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) of Waterloo Region. TK enjoys guiding meaningful conversations with people of all ages about masculinity, gender, healthy relationships, consent and more, using engaging activities and evidence-based practices. He is passionate about queer and trans issues, intersectional feminism, body positivity, and ending gender-based violence. Previously, TK was the Male Allies Program Educator for SASC, has worked as a Sexual Health Educator for SHORE Centre (Planned Parenthood) and a Chapter Coordinator for a national mental health charity.

Sarah Shoker is the founder and CEO of Glassbox, a consultancy firm that trains software development and legal teams to identify how choices made along the technical pipeline can translate into bias. Shoker's PhD, which examined the Bush and Obama-era decision to exclude boys and men from drone warfare’s collateral damage count, was nominated for the the CAGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award. "Military-Age Males in U.S. Counterinsurgency and Drone Warfare" is currently under contract with Palgrave MacMillan, with publication tentatively scheduled for 2020.

Sarah Tatsis is VP, Advanced Technology Development Labs at BlackBerry, a business unit focused on identifying, exploring and creating new technologies to ensure BlackBerry stays on the cutting edge of security innovation. She holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and Masters of Mathematics in Statistics from the University of Waterloo.