[act-ma] 7/11 Tech Won't Build It: The New Tech Resistance (to ICE)

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Thu Jul 5 08:24:23 PDT 2018

7/11 Tech Won't Build It: The New Tech Resistance (to ICE) 

Right now, most news is unbearably ugly. But in the past month, rank-and-file organizers within the tech industry have given us reasons to hope. 

In early June, Google engineers compelled the company to not renew Project Maven, a contract with the Pentagon using AI to improve drone strike accuracy. The success of their campaign—and recent outrage about human rights abuses by ICE—have inspired similar efforts at Amazon, Microsoft, and, Salesforce. 

We invite you to join a conversation on the new tech resistance. Our panel will explore where this moment of mobilization came from and how we can help it grow. 

*Sasha Costanza-Chock is a scholar, activist, media-maker and currently Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT; they are also an author of a recent open letter calling on Microsoft to drop their ICE contract. 

*Kade Crockford is the director of the Technology for Liberty program at the ACLU of Massachusetts and MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow. 

*Valeria Do Vale is the Lead Coordinator at the Student Immigrant Movement and an undergraduate at Northeastern University. 

The panel will be moderated by Ben Tarnoff, a tech worker, Guardian columnist, and founding editor of Logic magazine. 

Tues. July 11th 7 PM 

**This event will be at the MIT Stata Center Room 32-155.** 


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