What We Are

The eGirls Project is a 3-year research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), under its Partnership Development Programme.

The Project is investigating the relationship between gender, privacy and equality in online social networking and is focused on better understanding the perspectives of girls and young women in relation to these issues.

Our multi-disciplinary international partnership includes:

Institutional partners: MediaSmarts (Canada’s leading digital literacy educational organization), Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (mandated by Parliament to act as an ombudsman and guardian of privacy in Canada)1, and the Centre for Law, Technology and Society (a Canadian university research centre committed to fostering knowledge about law, technology and society), as well as

Individual researchersJane Bailey (University of Ottawa Faculty of Law), Valerie Steeves (University of Ottawa Department of Criminology), Jacquelyn Burkell (University of Western Ontario Faculty of Information Studies), Priscilla Regan (George Mason University Department of Public and International Affairs), Madelaine Saginur (University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology & Society) and Jane Tallim (MediaSmarts).

1. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada provides in-kind support to the eGirls project. The views expressed on this site and in eGirls publications are those of the authors and not those of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.