eGirls, eCitizens: Putting Technology, Theory and Policy Into Dialogue with Girls’ and Young Women’s Voices – arriving spring 2015!

We are proud to announce the forthcoming publication of The eGirls Project’s book volume, eGirls, eCitizens: Putting Technology, Theory and Policy Into Dialogue with Girls’ and Young Women’s Voices. Edited by Jane Bailey and Valerie Steeves, this volume will feature a collection of essays from eGirls Project researchers as well as invited contributions from other scholars working in the field.  eGirls, eCitizens will be available in spring 2015 from uOttawa Press.

ABSTRACT

Online connectivity is rapidly becoming essential to social, cultural, economic and political participation, especially among girls and young women who are leading producers of online content. Interestingly, initially utopic predictions from policymakers about the pot of gold sitting at the end of the information superhighway and from critical scholars about the emancipatory potential of participation in digital media are increasingly interlaced with dystopic concerns associated with the mass uptake of networked technologies by youth, particularly girls and young women. Policymakers have tended to focus upon issues such as online child pornography, online luring, cyberbullying and non-consensual disclosure of intimate images. Critical scholars, in turn, have raised concerns about misuse of personal information, online misogyny, racism and homophobia, poor digital literacy skills, and underlying economic models that shape users into consumers, rather than citizens. And yet, all too often, girls’ voices are left out of theoretical, policy and educational dialogue about online issues that directly affect them. This collection of essays reframes the discussion in ways that make space for more equitable and empathetic responses, rather than polarized utopic/dystopic debate. It analyzes the equality, privacy and gender performativity implications of the digital environment and its impacts on girls’ online participation; assesses the ways in which stakeholders construct girls in theoretical, policy and educational discourses; and suggests future approaches and best practices that are premised on girls’ own understandings of their needs and aspirations in an increasingly digitized society.

Click here to find out more about this exciting collection, and click here for its table of contents and to read abstracts for each chapter!

Bill C-13 Submission

Professor Bailey has filed a written submission with the Committee on Justice and Human Rights regarding Bill C-13 and its “lawful access,” “hate propaganda,” and “non-consensual distribution” provisions. The submission recommends the removal or separation of “lawful access provisions” and the acceptance of the “hate propaganda provision,” and discusses the short-comings of the “non-consensual distribution provisions.” Read the entire submission here.

Spring Education Seminar

Professor Bailey presented “What was she thinking?:  lessons from the eGirls Project” as part of a panel presentation entitled “Social Media in Civil and Family Litigation” at the Superior Court of Justice (Ontario) Spring Education Seminar at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa on May 8, 2014.  Her co-presenters were Barbara McIsaac, QC and Prof Jeremy de Beer of the uOttawa Faculty of Law.  You can find her slides here: “What was she thinking.”

eGirls in the news – eGirls conference pulls back the curtain on teen selfies, sexting and social media practices

University Affairs has published an article on the eGirls conference: “eGirls conference pulls back the curtain on teen selfies, sexting and social media practices”. Click here to read more about some of the great discussions that happened at this event!

Sixth Biennial Surveillance and Society Conference

Professors Bailey and Steeves presented “Living in the mirror:  young women’s experiences with online social networking” at the Sixth Biennial Surveillance and Society Conference in Barcelona, Spain on April 25, 2014.  You can find the abstract for their paper here and link to their slides here: “Living in the Mirror: young women’s experiences with online social networking”

Technology, Law, and the Public Interest

Professor Bailey presented “Time to Unpack the Juggernaut?:  The Cyberbullying Debates in Canada” at Technology, Law and the Public Interest, a conference held at the University of Hong Kong on April 10-11, 2014, which was jointly organized by the University of Ottawa and Hong Kong University.  You can find a draft of her paper here: Time to Unpack the Juggernaut – Draft and her slides here: Time to UNpack the Juggernaut – Slides.

Professor Steeves presents before the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women

Valerie Steeves appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women on March 3, 2014 as part of their study on eating disorders. Our eGirls findings provided a window into some of the systemic factors that intersect with eating disorders such as the kinds of marketing messages that are inserted into social media and the pressure girls report about conforming to an idealized version of the feminine body.