DUB Seminar will be conducted using Zoom, via an invitation distributed to the DUB mailing list. Participants who are logged into Zoom using a UW account will be directly admitted, and participants who are not logged in to a UW account will be admitted using a Zoom waiting room.
Our research group studies the role technology plays in intimate partner violence (IPV). Via qualitative research with survivors and support professionals, online measurement studies, and investigation of malicious software tools purpose-built for abuse, we have documented how abusers exploit technology to control, harass, stalk, and otherwise harm their current or former partner. To help survivors, we work with technology companies and lawmakers to affect positive changes and, more directly, we have put into practice a new interventional approach that we call clinical computer security. Our Clinic to End Tech Abuse works in partnership with the New York City Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence to help survivors navigate technology abuse and, ultimately, empower their use of technology.
In this talk I will provide a brief overview of our work on IPV technology abuse, and use it as a case study for “advocate-scientist” models that blend basic research with direct advocacy work in close collaboration with a community.
This talk will cover joint work with a large number of collaborators and volunteers. See https://ipvtechresearch.org and https://ceta.tech.cornell.edu for more information.
Nicki Dell is an Associate Professor at Cornell Tech and a member of the Information Science department at Cornell University. She works to study, build, and deploy sociotechnical systems that improve the lives of underserved communities in the United States and around the world. To achieve this goal, her research spans a wide range of topics in human-computer interaction (HCI), computer security and privacy, and information and communication technologies and development (ICTD). Nicki completed her PhD in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. At Cornell, she is a member of the Center for Health Equity, the Digital Life Initiative, the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and she co-founded the Clinic to End Tech Abuse.