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Saturday, June 16 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Shaping Data, Shaping Power

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The Cambridge Analytica scandal and subsequent Facebook hearings made clear to the world what targeted communities have known for a long time: our data bodies are vulnerable and can not only be attacked but can be weaponized against us. The threat we face is more than reckless tech CEOs or nefarious political actors; it is the uncritical advancement of “smart city” technologies, of predictive policing, and of artificial intelligence that reproduces the bias of its makers and perpetuates violent narratives and policies. We can move “beyond paranoia to power” as the Our Data Bodies project has declared. We can learn from the long legacy of resistance by communities of color to the extraction and exploitation of our data. We can demystify data and engage the public in rigorous dialogue about who owns data, who governs it, and who is impacted by it. We can harness the data and brilliance of our own communities to build the liberatory tools we need.


Sasha Costanza-Chock

Sasha Costanza-Chock (pronouns: they/them or she/her) is Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT, Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and creator of the MIT Codesign Studio (http://codesign.mit.edu). Their work focuses on transformative... Read More →

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Tawana Petty (she/her)

Director, Data Justice Program, Detroit Community Technology Project
Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, author, poet and social justice organizer. She serves as Data Justice director for the Detroit Community Technology Project and co-leads Our Data Bodies. She is an antiracism facilitator with Detroit Equity Action Lab and a Digital Civil Society... Read More →

Ruha Benjamin

Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, where she studies the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology. She is the author of People’s Science (Stanford) and Race After Technology (Polity, forthcoming) and editor of Captivating Technology... Read More →

Mona Chalabi

A journalist who really loves numbers. She is the Data Editor at Guardian US but she also draws and presents numbers on film. She has written and presented TV shows for the BBC, National Geographic, Channel 4 and VICE and is one half of the team that created the Emmy-nominated video... Read More →

Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler

The creator of Appolition, an app that converts spare change into bail money to free Black people, and founder of Trans*H4CK--the only tech event of its kind that spotlights trans* created tech and trans* led startups. Dr. Ziegler is also an Oakland based award winning artist, writer... Read More →

Saturday June 16, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Community Arts Auditorium

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