Online Censorship Through Selective Demonetization By Robert Porter (eQuality Project Research Assistant) 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 demonetizati
Inequality in Gaming By Trevor Milford (eQuality Project Research Assistant) 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 t
Talking Not Spying By Jolene Hansell (eQuality Project Research Assistant) 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 fl
Title IX Used to Attack Vulnerable Students and Professors By Sarah Thuswaldner (eQuality Project Research Assistant) Laws like Title IX in the United States are meant to protect students from sexual assault and discrimination – but that didn't stop an alleged sexual assailant from trying to claim that same protection in a lawsuit against his university. Columbia University art student Emma Sulkowicz drew international headlines with her senior thes
A Commentary on Comment Sections By Robert H. Porter (eQuality Project Research Assistant) The seemingly ubiquitous ‘Comment Section’ is generally regarded as a place that Internet users should simply avoid. The unfortunate reaction by a large proportion of the online population is along the lines of: ‘abandon all hope those that enter here.’ While the reputation of comment sections is generally negative, how bad are they in practice? Comment sec
Cyberviolence: Interrogating ‘Empowerment’ & ‘Safety’ By Jane Bailey (eQuality Project Co-Leader) While we tend to hear a lot about “cyberbullying”, we much less often hear the term cyberviolence. What is the difference? Why is it meaningful? Join us for a panel discussion about cyberviolence, it’s implications for girls’ and women’s equality and some important initiatives for addressing it. Among other things, panelists will aim to unpack som...
She May Look Different, But The Story Is Still The Same By Jolene Hansell (eQuality Project Research Assistant) Barbie has undergone a makeover. In the past 50+ years, Barbie has had 150 careers, 50 nationalities, 40 pets, countless luxury vehicles, and thousands of makeovers, but none compare to this. This month, Mattel unveiled not just one, but 28 new, unique Barbie dolls. Barbie now has 24 hairstyles (including an afro, curly hair, and long blue
The Great Dress Code Debate By Sarah Thuswaldner (eQuality Project Research Assistant) There might be no high school complaint more cliché than dress codes. Everyone remembers – or still struggles with – teachers telling them to fix their skirts, cover their shoulders, or even go home to change into something else. Ottawa Carleton Catholic School Board policy says dress codes can be "as general as addressing the wearing of ball caps and the length o
The Deirdre G. Martin Memorial Lecture on Privacy Law presents "Security and Privacy in the World-Sized Web" featuring keynote speaker Bruce Schneier, an internationally renowned security technologist and author. Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. University of Ottawa Norton Rose Fulbright Canada Classroom, FTX 302 Centre for Law, Technology and Society We thank our generous supporters: The Canadian Bar Association, Fasken Martin...
R. v. Jarvis: Cyberviolence against women – can criminal law respond? By Carissima Mathen and Jane Bailey In 2011, Ryan Jarvis, a London Ontario high school teacher, used a pen camera to surreptitiously record brief videos of students engaged in various activities around the school without their permission. After reports from another teacher, the school principal personally witnessed Jarvis recording two female students, and demanded that he turn ov...