Redefining Digital Security: A New Approach for IPV Victims

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This presentation, informed by a collaborative research project led by CDEACF, the Alliance des Maisons 2e Étape and the Lab-2038, addresses the critical need for specialized digital privacy strategies in support of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) victims. Rather than looking at what advices security experts can give to IPV victims, we investigate how user experience, security settings and data governance pratices can directly impact their digital and physical safety. Our research highlights how generic, one-size-fits-all threat modelling and security policies by providers, including internet service providers, can inadvertently burden IPV victims. The talk emphasizes the importance of developing nuanced, victim-centred digital security approaches that acknowledge the unique challenges faced by IPV victims. It advocates for a collaborative effort among service providers, technologists, and social welfare experts to create more sensitive and effective digital privacy solutions tailored to the needs of IPV victims.


Corinne Pulgar ,

Corinne Pulgar brings a unique blend of technical expertise and social awareness to the field of digital security. With a Master's in Software Engineering from École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) and a Bachelor's in Computer Science from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), they possess a deep understanding of software development and security. They have shown a steadfast commitment to education through their contributions as a project manager and InfoSec at Lab2038 and a teaching assistant and lecturer at multiple institutions, including McGill University, ETS and UQAM. Her ability to translate complex technical concepts into accessible knowledge has made them a sought-after lecturer and mentor.

Corinne’s research, presented at conferences and published in journals, focuses on model-driven software engineering and DevOps, demonstrating their innovative approach to software development. Their work at the intersection of technology and inclusivity reflects their dedication to leveraging their technical expertise for social good, specifically in enhancing digital privacy and security for vulnerable groups. Their unique perspective, combining technical acumen with a passion for social impact, makes them an ideal speaker to address the critical issue of digital privacy in the context of IPV.