Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence: What Rights Do Students Have?

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This workshop will explore the role of law in responding to tech-facilitated sexual violence (TFSV) and abuse, including TFSV-related terminology, what forms of civil liability apply, criminal offences and their charges, and potential legal remedies for women who are suffering TFSV at the hands of an abuser. Specifically, the presentation will cover aspects of criminal law, family law, tort law, privacy law, and copyright law. This workshop will provide a broad overview of relevant laws so that support staff can understand the legal rights of students who are targeted by perpetrators of TFSV. The presenters will draw on existing case law to illustrate the ways in which the legal system may be able to assist people who are victimized by TFSV and to describe the benefits and challenges of pursuing justice or a remedy through each of these areas of law.


Suzie Dunn (she/her) is an assistant professor at Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law and a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa. Her research centres on the intersections of equality, technology, and the law, with a specific focus on technology-facilitated violence, deepfakes, and impersonation in digital spaces. She sits on the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund’s Technology Facilitated Violence Project committee, is an associate member of the Centre for Law Technology and Society, and is a senior fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation. You can find her on Twitter @SuzieMDunn or on her website:

Cynthia Khoo (she/her) is a Canadian technology and human rights lawyer and an associate at the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C. She is also a research fellow at the Citizen Lab (Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto) and a member of the board of directors of the Open Privacy Research Society. Her work focuses on how the internet and emerging technologies impact historically marginalized groups, including issues such as platform liability for online abuse, algorithmic decision-making (in criminal, civil, and commercial contexts), and worker surveillance. Follow her on Twitter at @cyn_k or visit her website at

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