To Serve and Protect: Panel discussion on the role of technology in the fight against abuse by law enforcement

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To Serve and Protect: Panel discussion on the role of technology in the fight against abuse by law enforcement
Presenter(s) Dragana Kaurin, Matt Mitchell
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Organization(s) Localization Lab, CryptoHarlem
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Country(ies) Bosnia, United States
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2017 theme Community

When government & media fail to point out civil rights abuses, technology is quickly becoming the tool of the oppressed to raise up incidents to the International Stage. Arguably one of the most effective methods has been using the internet as a distribution method for unedited content that has the power to flip the tables & highlight attention on abuses. We see this in the USA, in the struggle of people of color to challenge police violence against them. This is a panel discussion on the technical needs of communities that film police violence. We'll briefly discuss the history of recording excessive force, recent trends in tech and how they've been adopted by individuals and organizations (Instagram video, livestreaming, FB live, Mobile Justice App, Snapchat, etc), and failings of the technology through: police request for take downs, user flagging as offensive content, filtering, social media targeting, etc.

We will also touch on the little known stories of the intimidation & cost to those who come forward to submit the videos that many of us have seen. The proposed outcome of this panel is to identify unmet user needs/tech, and find ways the Internet Freedom community can better support these efforts.

Format Panel Discussion
Target Groups Advocacy/Policy Professional, Front Line Activists
Length 1 Hour
Skill Level Novice
Language English


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