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Beyond Big Brother: Data, Discrimination, and Surveillance in our Neighbourhoods

Date & Time:
November 7, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location:
Kahanoff Centre & Conference Space, 105 - 12 Avenue Southeast #200 Calgary, AB T2G 1A1
Speaker:
Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age and co-editor, with Alethia Jones, of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith. For two decades, Eubanks has worked in community technology and economic justice movements. Today, she is a founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project and a Fellow at New America. Katy Anderson is a Digital Rights Advocate at OpenMedia, a community-driven organization that works to keep the Internet open, affordable, and surveillance-free. Anderson specializes in access to the Internet issues, working on issues around Net Neutrality, community broadband and ensuring the Internet be considered a basic service. Grant Neufeld has a long history of activism in Calgary having been involved with the Alberta Coalition Against Poverty, Poverty Talks!, and the Calgary Housing Action Initiative. A computer programmer and advocate for open data, he initiated what became the website for the Calgary Activist Network.

Beyond Big Brother: Data, Discrimination, and Surveillance in our Neighbourhoods

It is no secret that poor, working-class, and racially marginalized communities have long been subject to intensive scrutiny and information collection. From labor unions to Black Lives Matter, radical political movements have always faced state surveillance. But how are information collection, storage, and sharing changing with the advent of new digital tools like automated license-plate readers, Stingray cellphone trackers, and predictive policing algorithms? Join data justice activist Virginia Eubanks,along with Calgary digital and social justice advocates Katy Anderson and Grant Neufeld for a wide-ranging and interactive discussion of how we can help raise awareness of digital surveillance in our communities while building power and avoiding paranoia. 

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