Austin: Activism in the Era of Social Media Surveillance (SXSW Panel)

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Police across the country have been secretly piggybacking on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to surveil protesters, particularly activists of color. In late 2016, the ACLU of California discovered secretive data deals that made this monitoring possible and pushed them into the light, leading the platforms to sever ties with a set of surveillance companies. But much more needs to be done to make sure social media remains a tool for social movements and not a platform for digital surveillance by governments. Join experts to find out what’s happening and learn what communities are doing to stop discriminatory surveillance and safeguard civil rights and civil liberties.

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  • Matt Cagle, Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Attorney, ACLU of Northern California
  • Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Senior Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School
  • Steven Renderos, Organizing Director, the Center for Media Justice
  • Elizabeth Dwoskin, Silicon Valley Correspondent, The Washington Post

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