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Databite No. 56: Jessica Ladd

Callisto: Using information escrows and game theory to aid sexual assault reporting


October 15, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Data & Society
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New York, NY, 10011

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Jessica Ladd presents Callisto: Using information escrows and game theory to aid sexual assault reporting:

How might we use game theory, data, and technology to advance social justice? Callisto is an online sexual assault reporting system that allows college students to (1) find clear information about about their reporting options, (2) electronically report their assault, (3) store a timestamped record of their assault if they don’t want to report yet, and (4) put their contact information and their assailant’s information into a “matching escrow,” which are sent to the authorities if someone else reports the same assailant. Administrators at Callisto campuses are sent reports that students have elected to share and are periodically given aggregate data about the unreported assaults. While Callisto is first being implemented on college campuses to address sexual assault, this same sort of system, called an “information escrow,” could be used to address other forms of injustice in other settings. In this talk, Jess Ladd discusses the theory of change behind Callisto and the difficulty of balancing individual with community needs, and opens up a discussion on how these concepts could be applied to other contexts.