Being a Member of Mag-NET has been a trip! The resources and network of media justice organizations and media creators is incredibly diverse and serve as wealth of information and support for The People’s Press Project. In addition to allowing us to collaborate on local, regional or national issues that affect media justice and social change, we can also learn from each other and build movements through our collaborative efforts, meetings, and webinars.
These resources are not just invaluable to media justice advocates and those working within media but for consumers, organizers, and those who care about social justice. The latest digital discussion titled InSecurity: Race, Surveillance and Privacy in the Digital Age was one of these incredible resources which was produced by the New America Foundation in Partnership with the Center For Media Justice and the Consumers Union. Participants were able to attend the panel discussion in person, watch live streaming of the discussion and tweet questions using #mediajustice and following @OTI.
Watch the digital discussion here:
Now this digital discussions is now available to the public on Youtube and we’re proud to share it with our audience. According to the New America Foundation, the digital discussion descriptions is as follows:
“Now more than ever, digital tools sit at a precarious tipping point, and many question whether they will be used to address pre-existing disparities, or further entrench them. Specifically, the Internet and new networked technologies often increase the threat of mass surveillance and digital discrimination against communities of color, migrant and low-wage workers, and low-income families, amplifying problems of criminalization, deportation, poverty and overall insecurity. Data mining, location tracking, fusion centers and the brokering of sensitive financial profiles require a race forward analysis.”
“New America hosted a conversation that stretches from intent to impact. Using contemporary examples from across the country, we’ll explore what digital rights and privacy safeguards are needed to ensure our nation’s most vulnerable communities are not placed at greater risk for violations of their civil and human rights.”
Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Senior Research Fellow,Open Technology Institute
Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU @ACLU
Hamid Khan, Campaign Coordinator, Stop LAPD Spying @stopLAPDspying
Grace Sheedy, The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) @UFCW
Malkia Cyril, Founder and Executive Director, Center for Media Justice @mediajustice