What we're about

Monthly workshops on technology, social justice, and community art at Bluestockings (http://bluestockings.com/). Part hands-on and part book club. No tech skills necessary to join!

Our first events this year include:

1. Building a mesh network at Bluestockings bookstore. Creating your own independent server and VPN. (Brian Hall from NYC Mesh, March 23, 2019)

2. NYC Timeline of Tenant Organizing: Amazon HQ2, and what community-led tech looks like (Right to Counsel, April 27, 2019)

3. Understanding NYPD surveillance technologies (Jerome Greco, esq. from Legal Aid Society, May 25, 2019)

4. Algorithmic fairness, open data policies: bail sentencing, child welfare system, and the NYC Automated Decision System -- what the ADS Task Force was built to do, and why it matters!

5. Algoraving -- live coding beats & video projection art, a kinetic tutorial

Upcoming events (2)

NYC Tenant Organizing: Amazon HQ2 -- What does community-driven tech look like?

Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe & Activist Center

Right to Counsel, a coalition of tenant organizing groups and activists, fight for housing rights in the city, collaborated with Global Action Project to create a Movement History Timeline Technology: an online, interactive timeline of the NYC Tenant Movement. They are facilitating an interactive workshop on the history of the tenant movement in NYC, up to the most recent struggles with Amazon HQ2. They will lead a discussion on the intersection between tech business and real estate, and how to leverage existing community power and organizing relationships to lead the city forward in the kind of "community-led technology" that we envision. What does that vision look like for you? See the Eventbrite invite for this event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/training-on-the-history-of-the-nyc-tenant-movement-tickets-58188014919 === The Right to Counsel NYC Coalition is made up of tenant organizing groups, tenant advocates, homeless advocates, senior advocates, disability advocates, academics, legal services organizations and more! We led the campaign that resulted in the passage of Local Law 136, which ensures that low-income tenants are represented in eviction cases by attorneys when they defend their rights and their homes. The Coalition is actively organizing and advocating while this law is being phased in.

Understanding NYPD surveillance technologies (Jerome Greco, Legal Aid Society)

Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe & Activist Center

Attorney Jerome Greco, from the Digital Forensics department of Legal Aid Society, discusses new technologies acquired by NYPD, including facial recognition of surveillance cameras, your private phone data accessible by police, and other topics. Jerome's recommended books: *** Habeas Data: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech by Cyrus Farivar * The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement by Andrew Guthrie Ferguson * Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor by Virginia Eubanks

Past events (2)

Planning & organizing meeting

Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe & Activist Center

Photos (5)