Breaking the Silence: Engaging Youth in Digital Policymaking

Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2023


The eQuality Project and the AI + Society Initiative present,
in collaboration with the University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society, and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre:


Breaking the Silence

Engaging Youth in Digital Policymaking


Valerie Steeves & Jane Bailey 


Wednesday, September 27, 2023
at 11:30 ET
Fauteux Hall, Room 351
57 Louis-Pasteur Private Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5


Also available online.


Register now in person or online!



Join us for a conversation with Valerie Steeves and Jane Bailey about using arts-based and deliberative dialogue methods to engage young people in the digital policy-making process.

Surveillance, harassment and discrimination proliferate in our digitally networked environment, often with serious implications for young people and members of other equality-seeking communities. And yet, too often, public and policy discourses ignore or silence the voices of these communities. The eQuality Project aims to bring forward these voices by creating dialogue-facilitating opportunities for expression and engagement. In this seminar, eQuality’s co-leaders will share their experiences with and insights about two of the Project’s participation-facilitating strategies: a Youth Summit on Education Technologies and a series of art workshops with youth. 


This event is made possible thanks to the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada and the Scotiabank Fund for AI and Society at the University of Ottawa.


About the Speakers 

Dr. Valerie Steeves is Co-Director (Interim) of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, and a Full Professor in the Department of Criminology of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Her main area of research focuses on the impact of new technologies on human rights. Dr. Steeves is the principal investigator of The eQuality Project, a SSHRC-funded partnership of researchers, educators, advocates, civil society groups, and policymakers who are interested in examining the impact of online commercial profiling on children’s identities and social relationships. As the lead researcher for MediaSmart’s Young Canadians in a Wired World research project, she has been tracking young people’s use of new media from 2004 to 2020. She has written and spoken extensively on privacy from a human rights perspective, and is an active participant in the privacy policy-making process in Canada. 

Jane Bailey is a Faculty member at the University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society, and a Full Professor of Law within the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section. Professor Bailey co-leads The eQuality Project, an SSHRC-funded partnership initiative focused on young people’s experiences with digital technologies and the impact of corporate profiling practices on young people and their relationships. She leads the project stream focused on technology-facilitated violence. She is also a co-investigator on the Autonomy Through Cyberjustice Technologies Project, another SSHRC-funded partnership initiative focused on the use of AI in the justice system.  She co-leads Working Group 3, which is investigating the social and ethical implications of AI.


This is a hybrid event. Refreshments will be provided.

This is a free event. However, registration is required.
However, attendees can donate online to the Centre whatever they think is fair.

This event will be in English only.
The event will be recorded, and photos may be taken.

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