Stopping Revenge Porn: An Intervention

In the wake of recent high-profile cases such as British Columbia's Amanda Todd, Steubenville's Jane Doe, and Nova Scotia's Rehtaeh Parsons, public outrage about the phenomenon of "revenge porn" is palpable.

Revenge porn, or the malicious public distribution of sexually explicit photos or video intended for private use, is an old phenomenon. In recent years, with the advent of mobile technologies that make for ease of image capture and distribution, the practice has spread like wildfire. As law enforcement looks the other way and other authorities blame the subject for consenting to the image's capture in the first place (as though that were somehow tantamount to consenting to its public distribution), it's time for an intervention.

Revenge porn is a problem with deep roots, and potential interventions could take shape in legislation, technology, the education system and beyond. Join internet feminist Steph Guthrie at the Academy on April 20th for a discussion about the different ways in which we can address revenge porn, as individuals and as a society. The discussion will begin promptly at 1:00 pm.

Participants, particularly those with coding skills, are encouraged to bring their devices to explore potential technological interventions in a hands-on way.