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Getting Started with Digital Security: Tips and Resources for Activists

Reposted with permission from MAG-Net member, WITNESS If you are documenting human rights abuses, technology can put powerful people’s wrongdoings in the spotlight, or it can put you in jail. Whether you’re facing down police to protect the environment, documenting systemic state violence, or communicating with activists in conflict areas, it’s very important to think Read more

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e-Carceration: Race, Technology, and the Future of Policing and Prisons in America

Keynote speech delivered at Fusion Magazine’s Real Future Fair in Oakland, CA on November 15, 2016. Video of the speech can be found here.  19th century Italian theorist Antonio Gramsci said: “the old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born. Now is the time of monsters.” On November 8th, election day in Read more

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How I’m showing up for racial justice

I felt like something was missing. Many years ago, I was a writer and editor involved in independent press. My work was political, but racial justice did not show up in a way that satisfied me. I knew that when race was not central to the picture, racial justice wouldn’t be, either.  That’s when I Read more

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Media Justice Salon – SHOT ON CAMERA: Documenting the Police

On September 22, the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) and Champaign Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice hosted the Media Justice Salon, SHOT ON CAMERA: Documenting the Police. We see the tensions between cameras pointed at the police and those pointing at the public and are facing the implications these situations have on free speech, Read more

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Center for Media Justice Executive Director Awarded Electronic Frontier Foundation 2016 Pioneer Award

Tonight, Center for Media Justice founder and executive director Malkia Cyril was awarded a 2016 Pioneer Award at the 24th Annual Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Awards ceremony for their work as a leading voice and organizer on the issues of Net Neutrality, surveillance, communications rights for prisoners, and media representation of people of color. >> Read more

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Let’s make police body cam policies do better on civil rights.

Reposted with permission from Equal Future Since we released our Body Worn Camera Policy Scorecard together with the Leadership Conference last November, body cameras have gained even more attention and traction nationwide. Many more departments are adopting the new technology in hopes of increasing transparency, but many incidents have already occurred where an officer failed to record Read more

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The Digital CultureSHIFT: Moving from Scale to Power to Achieve Racial Justice

Reposted with permission from 18 Million Rising If you missed the livestream of this discussion, check out the full video here. The following is an edited transcript of the Netroots Nation 2016 keynote plenary “The Digital CultureSHIFT: Moving from Scale to Power to Achieve Racial Justice,” which took place in St. Louis on Friday, July Read more

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The NYPD Wants to Know Your Thoughts on Bodycams (Kind of)

Reposted with permission from WITNESS At WITNESS we are all in on the power of video. After almost 25 years in existence, we’ve come to believe that how and why a video is created is just as important as what it captures. That’s why we’ve watched closely as military and police departments around the world Read more