In this presentation, we provide a demo of the “Umibot” chatbot that we developed for victim-survivors, bystanders and perpetrators of image-based abuse. Drawing on a conceptual approach that embraces intersectional feminism and a feminist data ethics of care, we outline some of the challenges we confronted in the design and development of the chatbot.
Professor Nicola Henry is an ARC Future Fellow in the Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT. Her research focuses on the prevalence, nature and impacts of gendered violence, including legal and non-legal responses to addressing and preventing violence. Her current research is focused on technology-facilitated abuse and image-based sexual abuse.
Dr Alice Witt is a Research Fellow in the Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT. Her research investigates the exercise of governing power in the digital age, focusing on the intersections of regulation, technology, and gender. Alice’s research expertise includes content moderation on Instagram and other social media platforms; the governance of and by online platforms; and the regulation of women’s bodies.