MediaSmarts is collaborating with diverse family violence prevention organizations across Canada to develop, deliver, and evaluate a digital literacy program for survivors of family violence living in transitional housing. 

Through a series of workshops, the program empowers survivors by providing important online safety and security information and relevant educational content to respond to and prevent technology-facilitated violence, in addition to enhance their digital literacy skills. MODELSS is building survivors' resilience and wellbeing by supporting them to develop the confidence and skills to engage as active and informed digital citizens. 

Website: MediaSmarts

Moving On: Digital Empowerment and Literacy Skills for Survivors Needs Assessment Report

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Community of Practice members:

Kara Brisson-Boivin


Dr. Kara Brisson-Boivin is the Director of Research at Mediasmarts, Canada’s Centre for Digital Media Literacy. Kara is responsible for the planning, methodology, implementation, and dissemination of key findings from original MediaSmarts’ research studies as well as evaluations of MediaSmarts’ programs. Kara researches the various impacts of digital technology and culture on digital citizenship, digital well-being, and online resiliency for Canadians broadly and youth in particular. Kara works with a number of academic partners on tri-agency funded research projects, private and public sector groups, as well as federal departments on online issues including; digital equity and inclusion, digital well-being and online resilience, privacy, online hate, mis/dis information, and algorithms and artificial intelligence. Kara brings to MediaSmarts extensive publication experience in academic journals, magazines, news op-eds and research blogs; and a background in presenting research to key stakeholders on parliamentary committees, at academic conferences, invited talks, panels, keynote addresses, and in media interviews. 

Khadija Baig

Khadija Baig is a Research and Evaluation Associate at MediaSmarts. She is responsible for supporting the entire research process: conducting literature reviews, preparing research ethics’ applications, designing qualitative and quantitative research instruments and mixed-methods studies, designing and conducting internal program evaluation, conducting statistical (quantitative) and thematic (qualitative) analysis of data, writing research reports, and knowledge dissemination. Khadija holds a Master of Computer Science (M.C.S) degree from Carleton University, Ottawa. She is also a Research Associate at CHORUS (Carleton’s Human Oriented Research in Usable Security), from the School of Computer Science at Carleton University. Khadija brings extensive research and publication experience to our team and she has designed, lead, and collaborated on research involving usable online privacy and security. Her research interests include: the privacy complications of DNA (genetic privacy), the privacy of vulnerable populations, accessible privacy and security, and the spread of antagonistic content online.