The conference theme is Freedom and Unfreedom in the Digital Age. Plenaries and workshops will address the grave threat posed to American democracy by the ongoing NSA scandal, and relate it to threats and opportunities posed to civil liberties by the swift growth of digital media and technology in the service of the national security state.
Additional connections will be made between the struggle to expand civil liberties nationwide and the campaigns by communities of color and immigrants to resist constant surveillance and mass incarceration by increasingly militarized police, ICE, the DEA, state and federal prison systems, and the private prison and security industries.
Basic workshops on social media, digital storytelling and privacy software will also be offered.
A special feature of the conference will be a Digital Storytelling and Media Activism Boot Camp led by documentary filmmaker Prof. Chloe Smolarski of Parsons The New School for Design and CUNY in New York City. Video continues to play a vital role for communications for non-profits in particular and social movements in general. If your organization doesn't have a trained video producer on staff, the bootcamp will be an excellent opportunity to learn to produce a short video documentary using readily available cameraphones or inexpensive camcorders.
The bootcamp will lead off the conference from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, October 25th.
Confirmed speakers include: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, author and media personality (NYC), Kade Crockford of ACLU Massachusetts, Gregg Housh of Anonymous, Betty Yu of the Center for Media Justice (NYC), Rajesh Kasturirangan of MIT, Subrata Ghoshroy of MIT, Zak Rogoff of the Free Software Foundation, Robin Jacks of Occupy Boston, Alfredo Lopez of May First/People Link (NYC), Chris Faraone of the Weekly Dig, and Deb Nicholson of MediaGoblin.
Tickets are $35 ($10 students and low-income). Please contact us if your organization requires a discounted rate or will make in-kind contributions in lieu of registration fees.
The event is sponsored by Lesley University, Massachusetts Global Action, Open Media Boston, TecsChange and United for Justice with Peace.