Anti-surveillance and anti-censorship projects to support and donate to

Browsing the internet, sending an email, texting, making a call, reading the news – these are actions that many people around the world want and need to do every day. Depending on the society we live in, and what our demographics represent to the entities exercising legislative or economical power on it, these tasks can seem mundane, be potentially harmful, or made impossible.

screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-12-46-00Protesters documenting a #BlackLivesMatter demonstration. From How women are leading the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Text and picture by Jihan Hafiz. Aljazeera America.

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Newsletter #29: Locked Up

Newsletter #29: sent!
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Linking to: law enforcement agencies chasing spies, recruiting spies, asking companies to spy on you; the Thirteenth Amendment on screen; prisoners on strike; Tupac Shakur against wealth inequality, Mykki Blanco reciting Zoe Leonard’s “I Want A Dyke For President”; Angela Davis, Henry Rollins and Princess Nokia.

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Newsletter #27: On Strike

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Doing: seeing a protest on a stage, political resistance in a choreography, Planet Earth from a skyscraper; learning stories of resistance; reading history repeating.

Links-wise: reporting from a prison, being on strike in dozens of prisons, learning how to support a movement, making algorithms accountable, saving a computer virus, listening to bell hooks and Lil’ Kim chatting, living in the Lipstick City.

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Newsletter #26: Resistance

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Doing: publishing a piece about targeted surveillance and technology for resistance and working from Detroit.

Links-wise: biased machines, privacy and dating apps, surveillance and reproductive rights, security for nude selfies, queer indigenous rap, Latinx tunes, RuPaul, Blac Chyna.

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Targeted surveillance, overpolicing and technology for resistance

On the upgrades of centuries-old systems of oppression and present-day tools to fight back

Yemeni women during a rally commemorating the fifth anniversary of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. Taez, February 2016. AFP / Ahmad Al-Basha.

Globally, law enforcement agencies are adopting increasingly sophisticated surveillance technologies to employ predictive policing and monitor already overpoliced communities and demographics. Prevalent grounds for discriminatory conduct are race, class, citizenship, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation.

We hear from the news about phone interceptions, seized devices, hacked accounts. But most often, the civil society is provided with small to no information about how far these monitoring activities go.

How is technology employed to control targeted groups? And how can technology support who’s controlled to reclaim and protect their rights?

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Newsletter #25: Tear It Up

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Doing: reporting, formatting, celebrating no-frills open source layouts, getting ready to fly to Detroit and following techie trials live tweeted.

Links-wise: political resistance, software, malware, capitalism, Black protest, Black femmehood, hair analysis at the FBI, nails, The Cramps, riots.

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Newsletter #24: Defense

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Doing: flying to San Francisco, joining great meetings around RightsCon, getting together with the Aspiration Team, traveling around the Bay by bike, car and ferry.

Links-wise: the NSA of the 19th century, FBI alarms, the secret rules of the internet, Black power, Black womanhood, CIA skin care products to collect DNA, Computer Blue, Radio Menea, LEMONADE.

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Newsletter #23: Striking

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Doing: being in four countries and three continents in one month; reporting and co-facilitating workshops in three of the aforementioned countries; reading articles about phones on the phone.

Links-wise: activism is not terrorism, Apple vs FBI, gender inequality and privacy intrusion, being a queer Muslim woman, Johnetta Elzie, Angela Davis, Love and Hip Hop.

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