AoIR 2020 is the 21st annual conference from the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) is an academic association dedicated to the advancement of the cross-disciplinary field of Internet studies. AoIR 2020 will gather international, trans-disciplinary scholars interested in networked technologies and social processes. This year's conference will be held virtually.
Several members of IMPACTS will be presenting at AoIR 2020. Project Director and James McGill Professor, Dr. Shaheen Shariff, is presenting with Dr. Pauline Sameshima and research assistants Rebecca Katz and Christopher Dietzel. In their panel, the four of them are presenting an overview of IMPACTS and the significant milestones from the first four years of the Project, highlighting research specifically related to internet technologies. This presentation canvases the legal obligations incumbent on institutions to address and prevent sexual violence, both on- and off-line. As they draw from multi-perspectives, they will address image-based sexual abuse and copyright in Canada, and share excerpts from an in-progress epistolary novel.
Additionally, PhD candidate and research assistant Christopher Dietzel will present research from his Mitacs Globalink Fellowship. In the first presentation, Chris will participate in a panel with Australian colleagues. The panel will address the issue of digital health participation and digital cultures of care among those at the margins (e.g., transgender, non-binary, and female users). In the second presentation, a roundtable session, Chris and international colleagues will examine strategies and methods diverse users employ to promote safety, health, and wellbeing with the apps they use, as well as the ethical and methodological challenges faced by app researchers.