Gender-Based Censorship: The Silencing of Voices in Digital Spaces

Thursday, November 25, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST (UTC–05:00)
Public Event: Virtual Event

Online abuse targeting marginalized groups has real-world consequences and can exacerbate existing inequalities in society. As the use of social media platforms continues to surge, the ambiguity of platform content moderation can often leave room for the promotion of hate speech and online violence.

Join the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) on Thursday, November 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST for a discussion on how social media platforms use content moderation to reinforce the dynamics of oppression as they pertain to women and the LGBTQ+ community.

This online event will be moderated by CIGI Senior Fellow Suzie Dunn. She will be joined by Florencia Goldsman, an expert in the areas of communication, gender and cyberculture. Goldsman is also the author of Non-binary TikTokers in Latin America: Sharing Debates and Circumventing Censorship. This event is part of CIGI’s research project Supporting a Safer Internet: Global Survey of Gender-Based Violence Online. Dunn and Goldsman will discuss how women and LGBTQ+ groups have adopted strategies to protect themselves online and to shine a light on the flawed policies of social networks that require more accountability.

Event Speakers

Florencia Goldsman is a feminist journalist with a master’s degree in communication, gender and cyberculture from Universidade Federal da Bahia.

Suzie Dunn is a senior fellow at CIGI, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Ottawa and an Assistant Professor of Law & Technology at Dalhousie University.