- March 17, 2017
- 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
CIIS Desai | Matta Gallery
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
The PhD Program in Human Sexuality invites friends and the public for a talk on "Digital Vigilantism and the Pleasure of Outing Pedophiles" by Dr. Mitali Thakor.
Dr. Thakor is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Anthropology at Northwestern University. She will be discussing her research, which uses feminist science and technology studies (STS) to explore how software design is intertwined within institutions of policing and bureaucracy, and which explores activist discourses around child protection, sex work, sexual exploitation, and civic empowerment.
Dr. Thakor completed her PhD in 2016 from MIT's Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology & Society (HASTS). Their dissertation, "Algorithmic Detectives Against Child Trafficking," draws on ethnographic fieldwork in the Netherlands, Thailand, and the US. The ethnography examines the design and use of new digital techniques to locate child pornography online, from 3D avatars to image recognition software, by international police, border control, computer scientists, UN bureaucrats, and activists.
Dr. Thakor holds a BA in Feminist Studies and Anthropology from Stanford, and organizes on issues of radical South Asian American youth politics, campus sexual violence, and prison abolition. You can read more about her work at www.mitalithakor.com and follow her on Twitter @mitalithakor. Pronouns: she/her and they/them.