A Commentary on Comment Sections

A Commentary on Comment Sections
By Robert H. Porter 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 sections can be places to share interesting and invigorating discussion, but are

Special Lecture: Cyberviolence: Interrogating ‘Empowerment’ & ‘Safety’

Special Lecture: 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 some of the issues around what it means to “empower” girls and young

She May Look Different, But The Story Is Still The Same

She May Look Different, But The Story Is Still The Same
By Jolene Hansell (eQuality Project Student) 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 hair), 7 different skin tones, 22 eye colours, 3 new body shapes (tall,

The Great Dress Code Debate

The Great Dress Code Debate
By Sarah Thuswaldner (eQuality Project Student) 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 of skirts and shorts." Keen observers will...

“Security and Privacy in the World-Sized Web” Lecture on February 17

“Security and Privacy in the World-Sized Web” Lecture on February 17
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 Martineau A r...

R. v. Jarvis: Cyberviolence against women – can criminal law respond?

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 over the camera.  Police analysis of the device revealed 17 active videos, 2

Women Less Able to Access Internet in Developing Countries, Reports World Wide Web Foundation

Women Less Able to Access Internet in Developing Countries, Reports World Wide Web Foundation
The World Wide Web Foundation studied women’s access to the Internet in nine developing countries in 2015, and found that the widespread use of cell phones hasn’t correlated with increased access to the Net for women. Their October 2015 report, Women’s Rights Online, concludes: … while nearly all women and men own a phone, women are still nearly 50% less likely to access the Internet than men in the same communities, with Internet use reported by just...

YWCA Invites You to a Knowledge Exchange Forum

YWCA Invites You to a Knowledge Exchange Forum
After Toronto, Lethbridge, Yellowknife and Montreal, it’s time for Ottawa to host Project Shift: Creating a safer digital world for young women Knowledge Exchange Forum. The event will take on Wednesday, November 25, from 2pm to 5pm, at YMCA-YWCA Language Assessment and Referral Centre (240 Catherine Street, Room 207). Come and join the conversation on how to end cyberviolence against young women in the digital world and beyond. YWCA Canada’s Project Shif

EQ meets with Korean Human Rights Commission

EQ meets with Korean Human Rights Commission
On October 9, 2015, eQuality researchers Jane Bailey, Valerie Steeves, Leslie Shade, and Sarah Heath, and Dillon Black from eQuality partner OCTEVAW, met with a delegation from Korea to discuss the human rights challenges young people face online. The delegation was particularly interested in innovative legal and educational approaches to better help young Koreans navigate online commercialism and harassment. The group discussed Canadian legislation and ...