Voice Moderation in Gaming: Legal/Ethical Challenges to Protect Vulnerable Populations, Kishonna Gray

Nov. 21, 2023
12:03PM - 1:30PM
SLB Room 128
Open to the YLS Community Only

The innovations in gaming have been documented at length with technological advances allowing for a variety of ways to engage online. Previous research has been done on voice chat as a tool for widening participatory engagement there is also an abundance of scholarship on the harms that limited moderation has for vulnerable populations. In this talk, Dr. Gray hopes to engage with legal scholars on these concerns related to protecting minoritized populations in online gaming.

Dr. Kishonna L. Gray (@kishonnagray) is an Associate Professor in Writing, Rhetoric, & Digital Studies and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky. She is an interdisciplinary, intersectional, digital media scholar whose areas of research include identity, performance and online environments, embodied deviance, cultural production, video games, and Black Cyberfeminism.

Dr. Gray is the author of Intersectional Tech: Black Users in Digital Gaming (LSU Press, 2020). She is also the author of Race, Gender, & Deviance in Xbox Live (Routledge, 2014), and the co-editor of two volumes on culture and gaming: Feminism in Play (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2018) and Woke Gaming (University of Washington Press, 2018).  Dr. Gray has published in a variety of outlets across disciplines and has also featured in public outlets such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The New York Times.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Information Society Project, YJOLT