Design Justice: Gender-based Issues & Neurodiversity

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Toby's Title: Navigating Privacy and Safety Dilemmas Related to Gender-based Abuse in Social Media

Cyndi's Title: Coolabilities and Digital Privacy co-advocate to reveal wild new futures, connections, and opportunities for all on the neurodivergent spectrum

Toby's Abstract: Gender-based abuse on social media platforms is both a deeply personal problem and a public one. The design of online communities and tools to address abuse create dilemmas as we navigate privacy and safety. For example, pseudonymity allows people from targeted communities to participate with less risk of being trolled and allows trolls to operate with seeming impunity. End-to-end encryption protects sensitive and highly personal communication but makes detecting abusive content more challenging. Algorithmic filtering allows for abuse to be detected at scale but can lack the necessary context.

Reporting and blocking users or content can provide a way for targets of abuse to counter abuse but also burden the victim. These dilemmas highlight what seem to be trade-offs as we navigate our online identities, trust, and safety, pointing to the need for robust conversations to guide governance and decision-making.

Cyndi's Abstract: Digital privacy is often used in contexts that promote advocacy on behalf of individuals. In this same vein, Coolabilities* is a term used to encourage advocacy of individuals gifted with enhanced abilities and strengths that co-occur with disabling conditions, such as Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, OCD, Tourette, and more.

What if we looked at digital privacy through these different and unique lenses that Coolabilities can offer - creating wild new possibilities, connections, and opportunities for all on the neurodivergent spectrum?

This opens up the field of ideas, talent, and enterprise to those formerly excluded.

Cyndi Coon & Toby Shulruff, 1 August 2022, "Design Justice: Gender-based Issues and Neurodiversity", IEEE International Symposium on Digital Privacy and Social Media, San Jose, CA, 1 August 2022, pre-record, https://attend.ieee.org/isdpsm-2022/

Toby's Title: Navigating Privacy and Safety Dilemmas Related to Gender-based Abuse in Social Media

Cyndi's Title: Coolabilities and Digital Privacy co-advocate to reveal wild new futures, connections, and opportunities for all on the neurodivergent spectrum

Toby's Abstract: Gender-based abuse on...

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