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eGirls, eCitizens

Jane Bailey
Valerie Steeves


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1Gillian Angrove is currently a law clerk for the Honourable Justice Donald Rennie at the Federal Court of Canada. She has a BA (honours with distinction) from the University of Victoria and a JD from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. During law school, she served as research assistant to Professor Constance MacIntosh and Professor Wayne MacKay, whom she assisted on a variety of projects involving health law, human rights law, cyberbullying, and sexualized violence on university campuses. Upon graduating, she received the Muriel Duckworth Award based on her consciousness of women’s issues and feminism in the legal community.

2Jane Bailey is Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in the Common Law Section, teaching cyberfeminism, technoprudence, contracts, and civil procedure. She is the co-principal investigator with Dr. Valerie Steeves on the eGirls Project, which has been funded by a three-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Development Grant and team leader of Working Group 1 on a seven-year Major Collaborative Research Initiatives project entitled Rethinking Processual Law: Towards Cyberjustice. Her current research is focused on online self-exposure by girls and young women (including sexting and cyberbullying), online harassment and hate, privacy and equality concerns arising from surveillance, and access to justice.

3Jacquelyn Burkell is Assistant Dean of Research and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Burkell’s research focuses on the empirical study of the interaction between people and technology, with a particular emphasis on the role of cognition in such interactions. Specific aspects of this research include the impact of presentation on information use and understanding and the social impact of technology. One particular focus of her research is privacy in the online context: she examines how technology influences privacy, and how privacy perceptions and expectations change in the online context. Dr. Burkell is also involved in research on the credibility of online information and information sources, with particular emphasis on the evaluation of the credibility of online news.

4Ashley DeMartini is a PhD student in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. Her research interests are vast and include media and technology, critical reflexivity, as well as commemorative practices around histories of mass violence.

5Jordan Fairbairn is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Her research explores sexual and intimate partner violence, social media, feminist activism, and the relationship between academia and social change.

6Laura Harvey is a Lecturer in sociology at the University of Surrey. Her work takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on sociology, gender studies, social psychology, and cultural studies. Her interests include sexualities, everyday intimacies and inequalities, research with young people, the mediation of sexual knowledge, feminist methodologies, and discourse analysis.

7Sarah Heath is a doctoral student at the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa and a research assistant on the eGirls Project. She has an MA in criminology and a Bachelor’s of Social Science in criminology and psychology. Sarah has published and presented various works nationally and internationally on punitiveness, court efficiency, crime prevention, privacy legislation, and research methods. She has experience conducting research and evaluation in the federal government and has been involved in research projects associated with various federal and provincial departments.

8Matthew Johnson is the Director of Education for MediaSmarts, Canada’s centre for digital and media literacy. He is the designer of the comprehensive digital literacy tutorials “Passport to the Internet” (grades 4 to 8) and “MyWorld” (grades 9 to 12). He has contributed blogs and articles to websites and magazines around the world; has been interviewed hundreds of times in print, radio, and television;and has also presented MediaSmarts’ materials on topics such as copyright, cyberbullying, body image, and online hate to governments, academic conferences, and organizations around the world, frequently as a keynote speaker. Matthew is an acclaimed writer of science fiction whose collection of short stories, Irregular Verbs and Other Stories, was published in June 2014 to considerable acclaim; he also serves on the board of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

9Akane Kanai completed her BA/LLB with honours at the University of Melbourne in 2008. She began her professional career as a lawyer, working in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors before returning to study. She completed her MSc in gender, media, and culture at the London School of Economics with distinction and returned to Melbourne to begin her doctoral study at Monash University. Her research concerns new femininities and the circulation of memes in digital culture. Other research interests include issues of race, masculinities, reality television, and celebrity culture.

10Trevor Scott Milford is a doctoral candidate in sociology at Carleton University. His research focuses on gendered agency and risk in online social networking, where he adopts a cyberfeminist perspective to investigate girls’ lived experiences of online gender harassment. He also examines potential structural factors that can position girls to engage in online conflict, as well as whether Canadian legislation addressing gender and harassment in virtual spaces functions to promote online gender equality. He is thrilled to be working as a research assistant with the eGirls Project and to have been able to travel to Antwerp, Belgium, to present on his master’s research, a cyberfeminist analysis of an eGirls focus group transcript. He has recently joined forces with Canada’s Competition Bureau to conduct exploratory research and ultimately develop guidelines on youth marketing in digital contexts. In his spare time, he volunteers with the Innocence Project and sits on the Social Science Research Ethics Board at the University of Ottawa.

11Assumpta Ndengeyingoma is Professor at the Nursing Department of the Université du Quebec en Outaouais. She is affiliated with several groups and research centres, including le Groupe interdisciplinaire de recherche en sciences de la santé et milieux favorables (le GIRESSS; the interdisciplinary research group in health sciences and healthy communities), le Centre d’étude et de recherche en intervention familiale (le CERIF; the study and research centre in familial intervention), and la Chaire interdisciplinaire de recherche en littératie et inclusion (la CIRLI; interdisciplinary research chair in literacy and inclusion). Her research interests are focused on the wellbeing and health of vulnerable groups (immigrants, teens) and strategies for inclusive education for health.

12Priscilla M. Regan is Professor of Government and Politics in the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at George Mason University. Prior to joining that faculty in 1989, she was a senior analyst in the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (1984–1989) and an Assistant Professor of Politics and Government at the University of Puget Sound (1979–1984). Since the mid-1970s, Dr. Regan’s primary research interest has been the analysis of the social, policy, and legal implications of organizational use of new information and communications technologies. Dr. Regan has published over thirty articles or book chapters, as well as Legislating Privacy: Technology, Social Values, and Public Policy (University of North Carolina Press, 1995), and co-edited Transparency and Surveillance as Sociotechnical Accountability: A House of Mirrors (Routledge, 2014). As a recognized researcher in this area, Dr. Regan has testified before Congress and participated in meetings held by the Department of Commerce, Federal Trade Commission, Social Security Administration, and Census Bureau. Dr. Regan received her PhD in government from Cornell University and her BA from Mount Holyoke College.

13Jessica Ringrose is Professor of Sociology of Gender and Education, at the Institute of Education, London. She leads MA and PhD courses in the areas of gender, sexuality, social justice, and intersectionality studies in education. Her recent research explores youth sexting, digital feminist activism, and feminism in schools. She was an academic advisor on the UK Home Office’s “Sexualisation of Young People Review” (2010) and is a founding member of the UK Government Equalities Office’s “Body Confidence Campaign.” Her publications include Rethinking Gendered Regulations and Resistances in Education (New York Routledge, 2011, edited), Post-Feminist Education? Girls and the Sexual Politics of Schooling (New York Routledge, 2012), Deleuze and Research Methodologies (Edingburgh University Press, 2013, co-edited with Rebecca Coleman), and Children, Sexuality and ‘Sexualisation’ (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 co-edited with Emma Renold and Danielle Egan).

14Betsy Rosenblatt is Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law at Whittier Law School, where she teaches intellectual property law subjects including patent law, trademark law, and video game law. Her scholarship focuses on intellectual property theory, entertainment law, and gender/sexuality law. Her scholarly publications include “Fear and Loathing: Shame, Shaming and Intellectual Property” (DePaul Law Review, 2013), “A Theory of IP’s Negative Space” (Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, 2011), and “Rethinking the Parameters of Trademark Use in Entertainment” (Florida Law Review, 2009). She is chair of the legal committee of the Organization for Transformative Works.

15Madelaine Saginur, BSc, BCL, LLB, is the Executive Director of University of Ottawa’s Centre for Law, Technology, and Society. She is also a member of Canadian Blood Services’ Research Ethics Board. Previously, she practiced intellectual property law, and also worked as a Research Associate at University of Montreal’s Centre de recherche en droit public. She has published in the area of bioethics and health law and recently co-edited Intellectual Property for the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2014).

16Leslie Regan Shade is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Her research focus since the mid-1990s has been on the social and policy aspects of information and communication technologies (ICTs), with particular concerns towards issues of gender, youth, and political economy. Her research promotes the notion of the public interest in ICT policy; her publications, community outreach, and student supervision have as their goal the promotion of a wider popular discourse on information and communication policy issues and media reform in Canada and internationally for a diverse public and policy audience. Dr. Shade has an ongoing commitment to building participatory scholar-activist networks.

17Shaheen Shariff is Associate Professor at McGill University’s Department of Integrated Studies, Faculty of Education. Her research and teaching interests focus on emerging online issues such as cyberbullying, free expression, privacy, libel, and criminal harassment. Her work is grounded in the study of law as it impacts educational policy, pedagogy, and practice. She currently holds grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to help educators and the legal community better understand youth online, towards the development of informed laws and policies. She is also one of four recipients globally of Facebook’s Inaugural Digital Citizenship Grant. Her work has culminated in several books on cyberbullying; a resource website,; and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

18Andrea Slane, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Director of the Legal Studies Program in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Prior to joining UOIT in 2009, she was Executive Director of the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. She received her JD degree from the University of Toronto with honours in 2003, and was called to Ontario bar in 2004. She holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests include privacy, information law, internet law, cyberbullying, and online sexual exploitation of children and youth.

19Valerie Steeves is Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada. Her main area of research is human rights and technology issues. Professor Steeves 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. She is a co-principal investigator with Professor Jane Bailey on the eGirls Project and the lead researcher on the ongoing Young Canadians in a Wired World Project. Both projects examine young people’s experiences and perspective of networked media.

20Diana Sweet is a PhD student studying political science in the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at George Mason University (GMU). Her dissertation examines the role of national cultural institutions as part of a nation’s public diplomacy effort. While at GMU she has also published in the field of political communication. She earned an MA from the European University at St. Petersburg and graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Albany with a BA in Chinese and Russian studies.

21Rebecca Tushnet is Professor at Georgetown Law, where she teaches intellectual property law, advertising law, and First Amendment law. Her scholarly publications include “Worth a Thousand Words: The Images of Copyright Law” (Harvard Law Review, 2011), “Gone in 60 Milliseconds: Trademark Law and Cognitive Science” (Texas Law Review, 2008), and “Copy This Essay: How Fair Use Doctrine Harms Free Speech and How Copying Serves It” (Yale Law Journal, 2004). She is a member of the legal team of the Organization for Transformative Works, a non-profit dedicated to supporting and promoting fanworks, and has advised and represented several fan fiction websites in disputes with copyright and trademark owners.


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