Introducing TEDxKanata 2017 Speaker Dillon Black
Dillon Black is a gender-nonconforming anti-violence activist meets tech feminist media-maker who is passionate about changing the Internet, challenging cyberviolence, and empowering young women and LGBTQ youth.
Dillon believes the greatest challenge the internet faces today is the issue of violence and abuse, due to the fact that cyberviolence and online abuse is much bigger than the average person, and much more complex than the snarky attitudes seen in the comment sections. Dillon argues that it is gendered, relentless, and systemic.
Dillon works tirelessly to end violence against women with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women. Dillon has spent the last 5 years studying and challenging rape culture on campuses and online with the support of Status of Women Canada.
Recently, Dillon was appointed by the Honourable Minister Patty Hajdu to the Government of Canada’s Advisory Council to Help Shape the Federal Strategy on Gender-Based Violence as the Cyberviolence and LGBTQQI2S expert. Dillon is currently completing their graduate studies at the Carleton University School of Social Work.
Dillon is an award recipient of the 2014 CHEO Healthy Kids "Health Advocacy and Public Education Award" for their contribution in the "Building Capacity for GLBTTQ Youth Mental Health Project". Dillon is also an award recipient of a “Femmy 2014” International Women's Day Award for their work in ending violence against women in Ottawa.
Dillon uses the pronouns they/ them.
Don’t forget to follow Dillon on Twitter at @dillon_black!