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Toward Critical Feminist Technology Studies of Youth Safety: Problematizing Dominant Digital Approaches to Sexual Exploitation of Children Online

Mitali Thakor, PhD student in MIT's HASTS program

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm

In this talk, I will discuss my ethnographic fieldwork on new digital approaches to addressing child exploitation online, such as the use of avatars and image detection software. What sort of partnerships are necessary between law enforcement, scientists, and non-governmental agencies to make these approaches work? What does a critical feminist analysis of such technoscientific practices look like? I look forward to an open discussion on questions of youth sexuality and rights online, governance and privacy, and possibilities for feminist technology design. 

About Mitali

Mitali Thakor is a PhD student in MIT's HASTS program. She studies sex work, sex trafficking, technology, and digital forensics. Mitali uses Feminist STS, queer theory, and critical race studies to explore the ways in which activists, computer scientists, lawyers, and law enforcement officials negotiate their relationships to anti-trafficking via emergent technologies and discourses of carceral control.
Past Event
Jun 23, 2015
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM