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TA3M: COINTELPRO and the Post-Snowden Era: Lessons From the Past

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You're invited to the April Techno-Activism Third Mondays (TA3M) in Durham! TA3M is an informal meetup designed to connect software creators and activists who are interested in censorship, surveillance, and open technology. The event takes place in different cities around the globe every third Monday of the month.

WHAT: TA3M in Durham [1,2]
WHEN: Monday April 21st from 7pm 'till 9pm
WHERE: SplatSpace [3]
TOPIC: COINTELPRO and the Post-Snowden Era: Lessons From the Past

We're going to change things up this month, and have a book club type of discussion versus a formal presentation. This is an experiment, to see how we might want to run Durham TA3M meetings when we don't have a speaker. Come see what you think, and give input on what you'd like to see Durham TA3M become! The topic for this month will be COINTELPRO [4], and what lessons it has for us in the post-Snowden era. COINTELPRO was a series of at times illegal operations conducted by the FBI, aimed at infiltrating and disrupting domestic political organizations. It was exposed by the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI [5-7], an activist group that broke into FBI offices and stole over 1000 documents. This led to Church Committee Senate investigation [8], and subsequent legislation [9].

The Wikipedia pages referenced below are good places to start, to read about this. Even better, if you have time, are the original source materials. Many are referenced by the Wikipedia pages, in the References and Further Reading sections of each page.

Lightning talks are always welcome!

This should be another lively and interesting conversation. Hope to see you there!

[1] https://wiki.openitp.org/events:techno-activism_3rd_mondays
[2] https://wiki.openitp.org/events:techno-activism_3rd_mondays:durham
[3] http://splatspace.org/location/
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cointelpro
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens%27_Commission_to_Investigate_the_FBI
[6] http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/8/it_was_time_to_do_more
[7] http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/1/8/from_cointelpro_to_snowden_the_fbi
[8] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Committee
[9] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FISA

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