Sex Work, Tech, and Surveillance

Note: Presentation times are in Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Wednesday, February 02, 2022 - 9:05 am10:35 am

Moderator: Elissa M. Redmiles, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems

Panelists: Kendra Albert, Harvard Law School; Kate D'Adamo, Reframe Health and Justice; Angela Jones, State University of New York


In this panel, four experts will discuss the influence of technology & policy on the livelihoods and wellbeing of sex workers. We will discuss the ever changing landscape of regulation and efforts to remove sex & sex workers from the internet and the role of digital security & privacy and the experts who develop technologies to preserve it.

Elissa M. Redmiles, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems

Dr. Elissa M. Redmiles is a faculty member and research group leader of the Safety & Society group at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems. She has additionally served as a consultant and researcher at multiple institutions, including Microsoft Research, Facebook, the World Bank, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and the University of Zurich. Dr. Redmiles uses computational, economic, and social science methods to understand users’ security, privacy, and online safety-related decision-making processes. Her work has been featured in popular press publications such as the New York Times, Scientific American, Rolling Stone, Wired, Business Insider, and CNET and has been recognized with multiple Distinguished Paper Awards at USENIX Security and research awards from Facebook as well as the John Karat Usable Privacy and Security Research Award. Dr. Redmiles received her B.S. (Cum Laude), M.S., and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.

Kendra Albert, Harvard Law School

Kendra Albert is a clinical instructor at the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard Law School, where they teach students to practice technology law by working with pro bono clients. Their practice areas include freedom of expression, computer security, and intellectual property law. Kendra also publishes on gender, adversarial machine learning, and power. They hold a law degree from Harvard Law School and serve on the board of the ACLU of Massachusetts and the Tor Project. They also are a legal advisor for Hacking // Hustling, a collective of sex workers, survivors, and accomplices working at the intersection of tech and social justice to interrupt state surveillance and violence facilitated by technology.

Kate D'Adamo, Reframe Health and Justice

Kate D‘Adamo is a sex worker rights advocate with a focus on economic justice, anti-policing and incarceration and public health. Previously, she was the National Policy Advocate at the Sex Workers Project and a community organizer and advocate with the Sex Workers Outreach Project and Sex Workers Action New York. Kate has held roles developing programming, developing trainings and technical assistance, providing peer-led interventions to harm, offering service provision, and advancing political advocacy to support the rights and well-being of people engaged in the sex trade, including victims of trafficking.

Angela Jones, State University of New York

Angela Jones is Professor of Sociology at Farmingdale State College, State University of New York. Jones's research interests include African American political thought and protest, race, gender, sexuality, sex work, feminist theory, and queer methodologies and theory. Jones is the author of Camming: Money, Power, and Pleasure in the Sex Industry (NYU Press, 2020) and African American Civil Rights: Early Activism and the Niagara Movement (Praeger, 2011). She is a co-editor of the three-volume After Marriage Equality book series (Routledge, 2018). Jones has also edited two other anthologies: The Modern African American Political Thought Reader: From David Walker to Barack Obama (Routledge, 2012), and A Critical Inquiry into Queer Utopias (Palgrave, 2013). Jones is the author of two forthcoming reference books: African American Activism and Political Engagement: An Encyclopedia of Empowerment and Black Lives Matter: A Reference Handbook (ABC-CLIO). She is also the author of numerous scholarly articles, which have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Gender & Society, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Sexualities, and Porn Studies. She also writes for public audiences and has published articles in venues such as Contexts (digital), The Conversation, the Nevada Independent, Peepshow Magazine, PopMatters, and Salon.

@conference {277479,
author = {Elissa M. Redmiles and Kendra Albert and Kate D{\textquoteright}Adamo and Angela Jones},
title = {Sex Work, Tech, and Surveillance},
year = {2022},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = feb

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