Technology Facilitated Abuse and the Need for Digital Ethics (Video Available)

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Speakers : Favour Borokini,  Dr Renee Fiolet,  Dr Dana McKay and  Dr Yvette Maker (Chair)

Hosted by the Centre for AI and Digital Ethics (CAIDE) with the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and the Melbourne research Alliance to End Violence Against Women and their children (MAEVe).

In an increasingly digital world, it is important to consider the negative and unintended consequences of technology. The rise of Technology Facilitated Abuse (TFA) is highly concerning, and cross-disciplinary researchers in Australia and across the globe have been looking at how technology is being used in harmful ways towards spouses, partners, family members and strangers online.

This panel will explore the ways that TFA can be identified, minimised and prevented through legal, ethical, policy and regulatory responses. Panelists will discuss the roles of tech companies, developers and governments in developing and implementing these responses. The panel includes research from computer science and information systems, law, social equity and nursing, with perspectives from Australia and Nigeria.

This seminar is part of the Centre for AI and Digital Ethics’ seminar series Technology and the World Around Us.


Dr Dana McKay is an academic at RMIT teaching usability and professional issues related subjects. Her research interests focus on how people find, use, abuse, encounter and ignore information, and how we can give people control of information about themselves.

Favour Borokini is a tech policy researcher from Nigeria. As a tech policy researcher, she is passionate about the questions and problems posed by AI to gender and other social inequality issues, including (neo)colonialism subject areas.

Dr Renee Fiolet is a lecturer within the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University, and recently completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne on the topic “Intimate Partner Violence: What women want from the delivery of nursing and midwifery care.” As a nurse, she has worked in women’s health, paediatrics, community health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health for the last eleven years. Renee is treasurer on the Board for Zena Women’s Services, a comprehensive facility which offers care for women who are exposed to domestic violence in Geelong and the surrounding areas.

Dr Yvette Maker is a Senior Research Associate in the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and a Senior Research Fellow and Research Manager at the Centre for AI and Digital Ethics. She has a background in law and social policy and her current work focuses on the disability- and gender-related dimensions of law, policy and practice, with expertise across the fields of human rights law, disability law, consumer law, social security and social protection law, and feminist theory.