Eva PenzeyMoog

Principle Designer at 8th Light


Designing Against Domestic Violence

11:40 AM–12:30 PM

The reality of domestic violence doesn’t disappear when people enter the digital world. Abusers use technology to exploit and control their victims, meaning that designers have a responsibility to ensure that users of our products are empowered to protect their safety. How can we prevent people with violent intentions from forms of abuse and control that are digital, such as exploiting online banking software to control a partner's finances or tormenting them with smart home devices? What does domestic violence look like for pregnant women, and how can the myriad of digital products they often use recognize abuse and offer meaningful intervention? How can we make it harder for stalkers to find their victims? While there’s no simple answer and ultimately no way to ensure our users’ safety in all situations, thoughtful considerations and small changes while designing and building products can and does result in meaningful contributions to people’s safety. This talk will help the audience get into the right mindset for thinking about security and provide a framework for designing against domestic violence.


Eva PenzeyMoog is a principal designer at 8th Light, where she designs and builds custom software. She works to ensure that digital products cannot be used as tools of abuse, with the goal of reducing harm in the world through centering the safety of victims of domestic violence. When not designing, coding, or mentoring people new to tech, she's consuming any zombie-related media she can get her hands on and playing with her dogs, Hamlet and Horatio.