School of Computing

Oct 16
11:00 - 12:00
Dissecting the blackpill: online interactions with incels
School of Computing - Security Group Seminar
Speaker: Lisa Sugiura (University of Portsmouth)

Abstract: This talk focuses on current empirical research with incels. Incels (involuntary celibates) and more broadly communities that reside within the so-called 'Manosphere,' have been actively promoting violent and misogynistic attitudes since they first emerged online. These movements have been able to operate relatively undetected or have been dismissed as minority deviant fringe groups and subject to limited concern about the harmful impacts of their ideologies. With Incels increasingly linked with acts of extremism and terrorism, they have begun to receive considerable media attention, yet there is little understanding about their evolution and spread, and they have been largely under-examined and trivialised as a cultural group with limited research directly engaging incels themselves. In this talk I will present preliminary findings and focus on how I have been able to access online incel communities and conduct interviews with self-proclaimed incels. In addition I will address the ethical connotations of the research as well as being cognizant of being a woman interacting with self-confessed women haters.

Bio: Dr Lisa Sugiura is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Cybercrime at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth, Themes Strategic Innovation Fellow (TRIF), and the Deputy Director of the Cybercrime Awareness Clinic. Her research focuses on online deviance, and technology facilitated gender-based abuse and sexual violence. She has published on topics including the online pharmaceutical trade, phishing, online research ethics and rape culture online. Her research projects which includes funding from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Home Office, involve the language of cybersexism, victims of computer misuse, the use of technologies to assist marginalised women into employment, and extremist and misogynistic behaviours in incel communities.


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