eGirls, eCitizens: book launch at Congress 2015

We are excited to announce the launch of eGirls, eCitizens, a collective volume edited by Professors Bailey and Steeves (and featuring chapters by eGirls researchers Jacquie Burkell, Priscilla Regan, Madelaine Saginur, Trevor Scott Milford and Sarah Heath. eGirls, eCitizens will be published by uOttawa Press and is available for purchase or free electronic download here. The volume will be launched on June 3, 2015 from 4-5pm, at the Expo Event Space (Montpetit gym), during Congress of Social Sciences & Humanities 2015, hosted by the University of Ottawa. For more details on the contents of this edited volume, please click the “research” tab above.

eGirls researchers will also be presenting in two panels at the Congress of Social Sciences Humanities 2015, both held on 05 June at the University of Ottawa.

A round-table discussion by contributors to eGirls, eCitizens (uOttawa Press, 2015) will be held at the Canadian Communication Association Conference from 10:15 am – 11:45 am at STE C0136. The panel presentation, entitled “eGirls, eCitizens: A Dialogue on Theory and Policy”, will highlight the contributions of several authors of the eGirls, eCitizens volume, including Valerie Steeves, Jane Bailey, Leslie Regan Shade, Madelaine Saginur, Trevor Scott Milford and Sarah Heath. The full schedule for this panel can be seen here.

Later in the day, Professors Steeves and Bailey, together with Matthew Johnson of MediaSmarts and Jordan Fairbairn of Carleton University, will lead an author meets reader session to discuss their contributions to eGirls, eCitizens (uOttawa Press, 2015) at the Canadian Law & Society Conference, also held at the University of Ottawa (FTX 133), from 3:45 – 5:15 pm.

Professor Steeves presents at the 8th Annual International Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference

On January 21-23, Professor Steeves presented at the 8th Annual International Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference in Brussels, Belgium. Professor Steeves spoke on two panels: “Feminist Perspectives on Privacy and Data Protection” and “Bentham Goes to School: Surveillance and Student Privacy in the Classroom”. Slides to follow – watch this space!


Professors Steeves and Bailey speak at the Canadian Access and Privacy Association

On December 8, Professors Steeves and Bailey spoke at the Canadian Access and Privacy Association in Ottawa. Professor Steeves presented “Young Canadians in a Wired World Data on Privacy” and Professors Bailey and Steeves presented “eGirls: gender, privacy, cyberbullying and equality in online social networking”. Slides from these presentations can be downloaded here!

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.


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”