[act-ma] Tired of NSA Spying? Come to the 3rd Digital Media Conference, 10/25-10-27

Jason Pramas jpramas at igc.org
Thu Oct 17 11:04:39 PDT 2013

Dear act-ma,

New England progressives are cordially invited to attend the 3rd Digital 
Media Conference: Freedom and Unfreedom in the Digital Age on October 
25-27, 2013 at Lesley University's Doble Campus 
(http://goo.gl/maps/pqDQr) on Mellen St. in Cambridge.

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 

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.

The opening 10/25 7 p.m. plenary is free and open to the public. 
Registration for the full conference is $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. No one turned away due to inability to pay.

Full background and registration information is available on the 
conference website:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/digitalmediaconference/. Twitter: 

The event is sponsored by Lesley University, Massachusetts Global 
Action, Open Media Boston, TecsChange and United for Justice with Peace.

Best regards,

Suren Moodliar
Massachusetts Global Action/encuentro 5


Jason Pramas
Open Media Boston
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