IT-Me-Too?: Coercive Control Resistant Design

When: March 9 2020

Where: Southampton, United Kingdom


New technologies can bring immense benefits in a domestic situation including safeguarding us, but they can also be exploited to intimidate, restrict or control another person’s behaviour - known as Coercive Control.

There is no easy answer to ending technology facilitated abuse, however we all have an ethical responsibility to do what we can. Coercive Control Resistant Design is about subtle design decisions that need to be made; balancing the intended and unintended consequences of our technology. While Coercive Control is often thought about in the context of women, it has wider ramifications in society, for example boss & subordinate, elderly person & carer - in fact, any relationship where there is an imbalance of power.

Organised by BCS Hampshire Branch, Dorset Branch, BCSWomen, and Solent University and led by speaker Henry Nash,  find out how to identify potential risks, and how to try to reduce them at BCS's IWD and British Science Week event.

Henry works at IBM as CTO Advocacy, Hybrid Cloud, and has been a core contributor and author to number of open source projects (e.g. OpenStack Keystone). He has a long history in the creation of enterprise software and breakthrough emerging technology, having founded five venture backed startup companies in Europe and USA, finally coming to IBM via acquisition in 2009.

Among the awards these companies have received are both The Queen’s Award for Technology and The Queen’s Award for Export. He holds a 1st class honours degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southampton, UK.

17.30 for 18.00pm presentation - expected to end 20.00

Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0RD  in The Spark Building

Free – BCS and non-BCS members welcome

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