Shauna Dillavou is a DC technologist you should know - Technical.ly DC

Access

Oct. 8, 2015 11:53 am

Shauna Dillavou is a DC technologist you should know

Dillavou is working to ensure that every woman has the right to exist online without fear.

Shauna Dillavou.

(Courtesy photo)

At the forefront of Shauna Dillavou’s work is the interaction between privacy and what it means to be a woman online.

The Iowa native has always loved the puzzles that coding represents. Now at 35, the U Street resident is using her open source knowledge to help vulnerable communities as the executive director of CommunityRED.

Dillavou’s tech career was jump-started while she was in China for the Boren Fellowship.

“I really got to explore technology as I use it today. There I was using circumvention technologies without really knowing it,” Dillavou said over email. “I didn’t care what a proxy or VPN was, I just wanted to watch Lost and read my Gmail.”

"We customize security strategies for voiceless and vulnerable communities."
Shauna Dillavou, CommunityRED

Back in the states, Dillavou’s intelligence career had her gathering information and metadata from social channels while simultaneously training federal law enforcement. The skills she gained from these experiences coupled with a desire to do good in the world led her to start CommunityRED.

“CommunityRED [is] a pathway to free speech, human rights, and democracy,” explained Dillavou. “We customize security strategies for voiceless and vulnerable communities in closed and closing societies through trauma-sensitive and human-centered training, tools, and research.”

The company is also completely led by women.

“Women are not getting off of the internet any time soon,” said Dillavou. “I wonder how the surveillance, lack of privacy and lack of security women face every day will change.”

Recently, Dillavou has developed a “personal security” training to aid women who have to confront the uglier side of the internet: doxxing, online hate, online misogyny and other threats women face online daily. She’s working hard to ensure every woman has the right to exist online without fear.

Advertisement

You must appreciate accurate, relevant and productive community journalism.  Support this sort of work from professional reporters with seasoned editors.  Become a Technical.ly member for $12 per month -30-
JOIN THE COMMUNITY, BECOME A MEMBER
Already a member? Sign in here

Advertisement

1on1: Devs Steph Staub and Briana West on coding and career trajectories

Meet the Capital One tech executive who’s spearheading diversity initiatives across the company

How an Arlington County high school is closing the gap in high tech

SPONSORED

DC

This fast-growing SaaS company aims to be a force for change in the energy industry

DC, SF, NYC

Nava

Experienced Software Engineer – Backend

Apply Now
Philadelphia, PA

Orthly

Full-Stack Javascript Engineer

Apply Now
Washington DC

The Washington Post

Back End Developer/ Engineer – Arc Engineering

Apply Now

Female tech founders in DC received only 4.7% of VC funding in 2018

On future-proofing careers and leading from the front

Leading the tech behind a new way to book business travel

SPONSORED

DC

Hear from the privacy pros at Security by the Schuylkill

Washington, DC

The Washington Post

Sr. Full Stack Developer

Apply Now
Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post

Senior Software Engineer (iOS)

Apply Now
Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post

Audio Engineer

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Dc

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!