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Digital Evidence and the Prosecution of Queerness in Lebanon, Egypt, and Tunisia

February 24, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

How are identity-based crimes prosecuted? In countries with laws used to prosecute the LGBTQ community, how are elements of these crimes defined? To answer these questions, we must look at the increasing use of digital evidence by police and prosecutors. In this webinar, Afsaneh Rigot (she/her) will present her research on the impact of technology on marginalized populations in Egypt, Lebanon, and Tunisia. She will analyze the patterns of digital evidence used in the targeting and prosecution of LGBTQ people. Beyond dating apps, Afsaneh’s research demonstrates how a patchwork of apps and tools, including text, videos, photos, Facebook profiles, Whatsapp chats, and more, are used to criminalize individual identities and private conduct. The findings of this research have recently led to major policy changes by tech companies and will push us to re-examine how we approach digital evidence and privacy. The session will be chaired by Kendra Albert (they/them) of the Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic.

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Hosted by the Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World and co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program, the Cyberlaw Clinic, and the LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic.


February 24, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World