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Tech-Facilitated Violence: An Introduction Webinar


Technology is increasingly used by abusers to perpetrate violence, whether through unsecured devices or by making online spaces unsafe. This may come in the form of online stalking, the non-consensual distribution of intimate images, doxing, or threats, just to name a few. Technology-facilitated violence (TFV) can happen in the context of romantic relationships, but is also perpetrated by strangers or online trolls. But what do we mean by doxing and what is an online troll?

This presentation will provide information on what “technology-facilitated violence” is and help explain some of the terminology used to describe this kind of violence. Professors Jane Bailey of the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, and Suzie Dunn of Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law will discuss the various types of TFV, why it is a growing societal problem, and provide helpful resources and safety tips. They will also talk about social media companies’ role in TFV and how ending TFV involves a wide variety of responses from individuals, social media companies and governments.

Jane Bailey, BAS (Trent), LLB (Queens), MIR (Queens), LLM (Toronto) is a Full Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa and co-leader of The eQuality Project, a 7-year SSHRC funded partnership initiative focused on young people’s experiences with privacy and equality in digitally networked environments. She leads the Project stream on tech-facilitated violence. Among her proudest professional achievements are co-leading The eGirls Project and appearing as lead counsel for an intervenor before the Supreme Court of Canada in the Jarvis voyeurism case. She co-edited the Emerald International Handbook on Technology-facilitated Violence and Abuse, a 2021 open access publication.


Suzie Dunn is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law and PhD Candidate at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. She is a Senior Fellow and the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Her research centers on the intersections of equality, technology and the law, with a specific focus on technology-facilitated violence, deepfakes, and impersonation in digital spaces. She currently sits on the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund’s Technology Facilitated Violence Project committee and is an Associate Member of the Centre for Law Technology and Society.


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