[act-ma] Tired of NSA Spying? Come to the 3rd Digital Media Conference, 10/25-10-27
jpramas at igc.org
Thu Oct 17 11:04:39 PDT 2013
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
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.
Massachusetts Global Action/encuentro 5
Open Media Boston
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