Join us for Change Seminar *today 11/5! *

Also, please not the change of room: *we will be in CSE2-371*

*When*: Today 11/5, 12pm-1pm
*Where*: *CSE2-371*
*Who: *Nithya Sambasivan
*Title: *Safety, privacy, and gender equity online

The Internet isn't gender equitable. In over two-thirds of countries
worldwide, there are more male than female users online. And, in India,
only 29% of Internet users were reported to be women in 2017. In this talk,
I will share findings on how safety & privacy threats limit women's access
and free expression online, drawn from our gender equity research in seven
countries, spanning nearly 2 years. I will present novel and chilling abuse
threats enabled by pervasive social media platforms, resulting in
cyberstalking, impersonation and personal data leakages, and how our
participants experienced and coped with the threats. I will also share how
inadequate privacy on devices led participants to create privacy-preserving
practices while sharing phones, such as locks, deleting traces, and
avoiding specific digital activities. I will then discuss design
implications towards a safer, more private Internet. These research
insights have been applied to several Google products, like Google Maps and
Neighourly. Check out the full report at, and
papers on abuse
 and privacy

Nithya Sambasivan is a researcher at Google Research, focused on the HCI
questions of AI globally. Her research has enabled Google to focus on
people in the Global South and been applied to several product deployments,
such as Google Station, Datally, Google Go, Google Maps, and Crisis
Response. She graduated with a Ph.D. from University of California, Irvine
and an MS from Georgia Tech, with a dissertation focused on technology
design for low-income slum communities, urban sex workers, and
microenterprises in India. She previously worked at Next Billion Users,
Access & Energy and (all at Google), Microsoft Research India,
IBM Research T J Watson, and Nokia Research Finland.
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