THE ANONYMITY DILEMMA 1: Online Gender-Based Violence
Curated by Emily Hsiang-Yun Huang
Location: Het Huis Main Stage
Let’s explore the complexity of online anonymity. If we want a safe online space for open critical discussions and political activism, we need the right to be anonymous. But anonymity is a double-edged sword: digital platforms that enable anonymous freedom of expression can also facilitate harassment, exploitation and the spread of disinformation. In two panel discussions The Anonymity Dilemma will reassess the value of online anonymity.
The panel brings together perspectives on online gender-based violence from the realms of law, criminology, sociology and the dark web. Drawing on her practical experience in the fields of law and criminology, Madeleine van der Bruggen will focus on child sex abuse on the dark web. Researcher Yenn Lee will delve into cases of coordinated sexual abuse and harassment on social media. Marieke Koekkoek, member of the Dutch parliament for the Volt party, will contribute an additional layer to the discussion with her expertise on law and policy in the digital realm. The conversation will explore these cases to highlight the ethical dilemmas around digital privacy and freedom and how they conflict with security and justice for victims.
What else is on Thursday?
Check the timetable to visit more programmes with your Festival Pass (5-days) or Day Pass (1-day). With the passes you can also visit the festival exhibition Our Terms, Our Conditions at the IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] and Fotodok/Casco.
Emily Hsiang-Yun Huang― Curator
Emily Hsiang-Yun Huang is a researcher and visual artist from Taiwan. She holds a BA in Philosophy from National Taiwan University (TW) and an MA in Media Studies from Leiden University (NL). Her research interests focus on the relationship between body and technology from the perspective of postcolonialism and digital materialism. Projects she has curated include Taipei Digital Art Festival-Fake It Real (2022), Embodied Interface (2020) and Uchronia (2020). As an artist, she often makes performance films derived from her poetry on the vulnerability of human existence, with a focus on the female body, in-between identity and the circularity of time. Her works have been exhibited at the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cinedance Festival at the Eye Museum in Amsterdam, among others.
Yenn Lee― Speaker
Dr Yenn Lee is an established researcher in the sociology of digital media, participation, and social change, with a particular focus on South Korea and the wider Asia–Pacific region. Beyond academia, she has collaborated extensively with non-profit organisations on issues of digital rights and safety. Based at SOAS University of London, her current research centres on developing interdisciplinary solutions to online harms, including image-based sexual abuse and coordinated harassment on social media platforms.
Madeleine van der Bruggen― Speaker
Madeleine van der Bruggen has a background in forensic psychology and criminology, and she has finished a PhD about child sexual abuse material networks on the Darkweb. She currently works as a senior researcher for the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children. The National Rapporteur investigates the nature and extent of human trafficking and sexual violence against children in the Netherlands and advises national and local governments and other national and international organizations on how to prevent and combat human trafficking and sexual violence against children. Madeleine previously worked as an operational specialist for the Dutch federal police’s child exploitation unit. In this capacity she consulted in national and international investigations, and for example offered psychological interview advice, conducted risk assessments and developed offender profiles. Finally, she is the chair of the INTERPOL Specialists Group on Crimes Against Children Children’s Victim Services & Offender Management working group.