eGirls, eCitizens: Putting Technology, Theory and Policy into Dialogue with Girls’ and Young Women’s Voices

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Jane Bailey, Valerie Steeves
University of Ottawa Press, Apr 23, 2015 - Computers - 518 pages

eGirls, eCitizens is a landmark work that explores the many forces that shape girls’ and young women’s experiences of privacy, identity, and equality in our digitally networked society. Drawing on the multi-disciplinary expertise of a remarkable team of leading Canadian and international scholars, as well as Canada’s foremost digital literacy organization, MediaSmarts, this collection presents the complex realities of digitized communications for girls and young women as revealed through the findings of The eGirls Project ( and other important research initiatives.

Aimed at moving dialogues on scholarship and policy around girls and technology away from established binaries of good vs bad, or risk vs opportunity, these seminal contributions explore the interplay of factors that shape online environments characterized by a gendered gaze and too often punctuated by sexualized violence.

Perhaps most importantly, this collection offers first-hand perspectives collected from girls and young women themselves, providing a unique window on what it is to be a girl in today’s digitized society.



Bias Crime Online Communication
eGirls and Intimate Images
The Sexualized Cyberbullying of Teen
Approaches to Girls
Young Womens Voices on Fandom
Based Billing
Looking Forward

Social Networking and the Digital
Defining Sexual Violence

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Jane Bailey is Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Common Law Section), where she teaches cyberfeminism, technoprudence, contracts, and civil procedure courses. Her research is focused on issues at the intersection of law, technology, and equality.

Valerie Steeves is Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa. She has spoken and written extensively on young people’s use of networked technologies, and is an expert in privacy law. Her research interests include privacy, surveillance, and media stereotyping.

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