Cynthia Khoo to research cybermisogyny for women's rights org

Cybermisogyny encompasses a broad range of gender-based violence perpetrated using technology

Cynthia Khoo to research cybermisogyny for women's rights org

Lawyer Cynthia Khoo will be embarking on a legal reform research project addressing cybermisogyny, announced the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF).

According to LEAF, “cybermisogyny” encompasses a broad range of gender-based violence perpetrated using technology. The term may include the nonconsensual circulation of sexual images, as well as online abuse directed against women and girls. Khoo will be helping LEAF investigate how online platforms can be held legally accountable for or prevented from benefiting from these types of acts. 

In her practice, Khoo focuses on how technology and human rights law intersect, and how this intersection affects marginalized communities. The scope of Khoo’s experience includes “privacy and surveillance, data protection, freedom of expression, copyright, online censorship, net neutrality, and intermediary liability,” states the news release from LEAF.

In 2016, Khoo founded Tekhnos Law, a sole practice firm, through which she has represented non-profit organizations pushing for digital rights and public interest communications policy. She has appeared before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Khoo has conducted research for the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy in the University of Toronto and for the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic at the University of Ottawa. She has also done research work for IPSA International, OpenMedia.ca and the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), according to her LinkedIn page.

Admitted to the Ontario bar, Khoo holds an LLM (concentration in law and technology) from the University of Ottawa and a JD from the University of Victoria.

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