Technologies for Social Justice: Lessons from Sex Workers on the Front Lines

Strohmayer, Angelika, Clamen, Jenn and Laing, Mary (2019) Technologies for Social Justice: Lessons from Sex Workers on the Front Lines. In: CHI 2019 - ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019, 4-9 May 2019, Glasgow, UK.

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This paper provides analysis and insight from a collaborative process with a Canadian sex worker rights organization called Stella, l'amie de Maimie, where we reflect on the use of and potential for digital technologies in service delivery. We analyze the Bad Client and Aggressor List - a reporting tool co-produced by sex workers in the community and Stella staff to reduce violence against sex workers. We analyze its current and potential future formats as an artefact for communication, in a context of sex work criminalization and the exclusion of sex workers from traditional routes for reporting violence and accessing governmental systems for justice. This paper addresses a novel aspect of HCI research that relates to digital technologies and social justice. Reflecting on the Bad Client and Aggressor List, we discuss how technologies can interact with justice-oriented service delivery and develop three implications for design.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: justice, sex work, violence prevention
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2019 16:43
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 13:16

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