Pandemics and systemic discrimination: technology-facilitated violence and abuse in an era of COVID-19 and antiracist protest

Jane Bailey, Asher Flynn, Nicola Henry

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Technology-Facilitated violence and abuse is a truly global problem. As the diverse perspectives and experiences featured in this book have shown, the deep entanglement between technologies, inequality, marginalization, abuse, and violence require multi-faceted and collaborative responses that exist within and beyond the law. When this chapter was written, society was (and continues to be) facing an unprecedented challenge in COVID-19 – a global pandemic. At the same time, a renewed focus on racist police and civilian violence has occurred following the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor in the United States. As we describe in this chapter, these two major moments are ongoing reminders of the profound social inequalities within our global communities, which are grounded in systemically discriminatory oppressions and their intersections. This chapter draws together some thoughts on Technology-Facilitated violence and abuse in an era of COVID-19 and antiracist protest. It explores these within the context of the book as a whole, highlighting the importance for improved understanding of, and responses to, Technology-Facilitated violence and abuse as part of a broader push for social justice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Emerald International Handbook of Technology-Facilitated Violence and Abuse
EditorsJane Bailey, Asher Flynn, Nicola Henry
Place of PublicationBingley UK
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781839828485, 9781839828508
ISBN (Print)9781839828492
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

Publication series

NameEmerald Studies In Digital Crime, Technology and Social Harms
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited


  • technology-facilitated abuse
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • technology-facilitated sexual violence
  • police violence
  • racism

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