Surveillance and Cities panel, featuring Simone Browne, Lilly Irani, Tawana Petty and Shakeer Rahman

April 13th, 2023 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Margaret Jacks Hall, Building 460, Room 426 (Terrace Room) 450 Jane Stanford Way
Stanford, CA 94305

This event is hosted by the Technology & Racial Equity Initiative at the Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity (CCSRE). This initiative is working to advance racial justice in the analysis, production, and deployment of new technologies. The Digital Civil Society Lab is a co-sponsor of the event.

In recent years, the adoption of surveillance technologies in the United States has been the subject of significant debate. Cities, including local police departments, have been increasingly using such technologies to solve crimes, protect security, and improve city operations. However, surveillance technologies have serious implications for privacy, equality, and freedom of expression and assembly, especially for marginalized communities. Through a panel discussion followed by a Q&A, we aim to explore the topic of surveillance in cities.

Our panel features scholars and community organizers focused on issues of surveillance. Collectively, these panelists bring experiences advocating for racial justice, data privacy rights, and civil liberties in the age of surveillance technology.

During the event, we will discuss how surveillance technologies have been historically used to target Black and brown communities. We will explore how the ongoing use of such technologies impacts human rights and civil liberties. Finally, we will discuss community activism efforts to challenge harmful surveillance systems.

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  • Simone Browne - Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, UT Austin
  • Lilly Irani - Associate Professor of Communication, UC San Diego
  • Tawana Petty - Director of Policy and Advocacy, Algorithmic Justice League and DCSL Alumni
  • Shakeer Rahman - Community Organizer, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and DCSL Alumni