By Robert H. Porter A German comedian recently made international headlines by stencilling and spray painting 30 offensive tweets outside of Twitter’s Hamburg Headquarters. This was part of Shahak Shapira’s #HEYTWITTER (NB: contains graphic language) campaign, launched in response to Twitter’s failure to delete any of the 300 tweets that Shapira reported to Twitter for their racist, Islamaphobic, anti-Semitic, and homophobic content. According to Shapira,
By Robert H. Porter YouTube recently made the decision to clarify its policy concerning the “advertiser friendliness” of content creator’s videos, which has led to an apparent increase in the demonetization of online content. Demonitization is essentially the reduction of content creators’ ability to collect ad-based revenue from their content. While this demonetization has been occurring since 2012, it was only recently that YouTube changed its communica
eQuality's Jane Bailey and Valerie Steeves have recently produced "Big Data, Social Norms and Discrimination: Lessons from The eGirls Project," a report for the Open Society Foundation. For further information, and to read the report itself, follow the link here.
eQ co-investigator Leslie Regan Shade has co-edited "Traversing Technologies," a journal that was created out of a colloquium series that was focused on Feminist and Queer perspectives on techno-science. To peruse the articles, follow the link to "Traversing Technologies" here.
By Trevor Milford (eQuality Project Student) On 15 September, professional gamer and game designer Stephanie Harvey came to the University of Ottawa to discuss her experiences in the gaming industry. As a doctoral candidate working on issues involving discrimination in gaming, I was particularly interested to hear Stephanie’s insights on how inequality and virtual harm impacted her livelihood. I’d heard about the event through a promotional article entitl
eQuality collaborator Professor Anne Cheung partnered with Professor Jane Bailey, Dr. Edward Chan, Dr. Yongxi Chen, and, Dr. Dennis Chun-Lok Fung on “Tackling Cyberbullying by Enhancing Privacy Protection: A Comparative and an Interdisciplinary Study.” For more information, please click here.
eQuality Collaborator Shaheen Shariff was recently awarded a multi-million dollar SSHRC Partnership Grant for “A Multi-Sector Partnership to Investigate and Develop Policy and practice Models to Dismantle ‘Rape Culture’ in Universities.” For more information, please click here.
Professor Rakhi Ruparelia was recently awarded the 2016 CALT Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning for her article "Guilty Displeasures: White Resistance in the Social Justice Classroom." The paper, which can be read here, is focused on the experience of being a racialized women teaching white students about Critical Race Theory and the complicated emotions experienced by students.
The eQuality Project's Jane Bailey and Valerie Steeves have published a report concerning Big Data, Social Norms and Discrimination based on the results of interviews and focus groups (conducted as part of the eGirls Project) with girls and young women between the ages of 15 and 22. You can read the report here.
By Jolene Hansell (eQuality Project Student) GoGuardian is a program installed in about 3 million school-owned computers. This program has the ability to monitor a students web-browsing and searches even when students are at home in the evenings or on weekends. The program automatically flags certain search terms, including those related to suicide. The idea is that when a student searches about suicide, the computer flags this search for the school’s