Interview with Periwinkle Doerfler
I met Peri Doerfler at Enigma 2019 during lunch and wanted to talk to her right away. Peri would be giving the closing talk the next day about interpersonal threats, a very different way of looking at security than any I had considered. In my life, the threats were attacks on my mail or web servers, or disclosure of financial information while I was attending USENIX conferences. Peri was taking on what sounded completely different, but also very relevant to the types of technology people are regularly using today.
I also have a very personal interest in Peri's research topic. All of the women I'd become close to during my life had told me stories of sexual abuse. I don’t mean just verbal abuse, but actual assaults or rape. I was and still am astonished and appalled. The current statistics, relying on reported attacks, are one in three women and one in six men in the US have been sexually assaulted.