What unique challenges do members of marginalized communities face when dealing with data-driven systems? What strategies and solutions safeguard them against pervasive forms of surveillance? To answer these questions, we are thrilled to be hosting a dynamic panel discussion with Our Data Bodies in celebration of their recently released Digital Defense Playbook.

The Future of Data Justice: Community Power and Data-Driven Systems

March 28, 2019, 10 - 11:30 AM
The New School, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th St

Based in Charlotte’s, Detroit’s, and Los Angeles’ most marginalized urban neighborhoods, Our Data Bodies (ODB) has been in the field since 2015, consulting with community members about their experiences with data collection and data-driven systems. Its recently published Digital Defense Playbook: Community Power Tools for Reclaiming Data speaks to the future of data justice. To celebrate ODB and this work, this public panel will discuss inequality, privacy, surveillance, data profiling, data justice research, community safety, and health.

The Digital Equity Lab's Greta Bryrum will moderate a discussion with Our Data Bodies' Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Tawana Petty, Tamika Lewis, Mariella Saba, and Kim M Reynolds.

Register for the event via the Eventbrite page.


Power Not Paranoia: A Train-the-Trainers Workshop

March 28, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Our Data Bodies & the Digital Equity Laboratory invite you to a participatory workshop for organizers, digital trainers, activists, and community technologists. Learn practical data justice skills for community safety and collective self-determination in an afternoon session after the panel discussion outlined above. Workshop participants will be ready to facilitate critical conversations in affected communities about what justice looks like in a data-driven world.

If you're interested in joining us, please reach out to DElab@newschool.edu with a bit about yourself.  

About the Speakers

Seeta Peña Gangadharan

Assistant Professor at London School of Economics and Political Science; Visiting Scholar, School of Media Studies, The New School; Affiliate, Data & Society Research Institute; Affiliated Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale Law School; co-lead, Our Data Bodies Project (ODB); Principal Investigator, Justice, Equity, and Technology (JET). Seeta is a Filipino-Indian mother and research justice organizer, born in New Jersey and currently living and teaching in London.

Tawana Petty

Data Justice Coordinator and Community Researcher for the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP), member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition (DDJC), board member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, co-founder and editorial board member of Riverwise Magazine Collective, founder and director of Petty Propolis, and co-lead of the Our Data Bodies Project (ODB). Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, anti-racist social justice organizer, author, and poet, born and raised in Detroit, Michigan.

Tamika Lewis

Tamika Lewis (They/Them/BLU) is Black Queer mother, artist, researcher, and community organizer who is focused on advancing Black, Queer People of Color, and marginalized communities towards liberation through the dismantling of capitalism and all its forms of currency.  Originally from New York City,  they now reside in Charlotte, N.C. where they have spent the past 5 years focused on building the capacity of frontline organizations through their work with Blueprint NC and  Black led multi-sectoral movements locally, nationally, and internationally as the Co-Director of North Carolina’s Black Leadership and Organizing Collective. Co-Director North Carolina Black Leadership and Organizing Collective. Internet Freedom Fellow (2019), Data 4 Black Lives Opening Panelists (2019). Our Data Bodies Project; The Majority; Blueprint NC; Movement For Black Lives.

Mariella Saba

Mariella Saba is grounded and moved by her roots from Palestine to Mexico. She was born and raised in this occupied land in Los Angeles, where she dedicates her life in healing and organizing to contribute to our intergenerational & interconnected struggles for freedom, joy, love, dignity, justice, liberation y mas. Grateful to love queerly and to begin my journey in motherhood with baby Yoali. Co-founder and organizer with Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and FAMILIA: Trans Queer Liberation Movement amongst other organizations; co-lead, Our Data Bodies.

Kim M Reynolds

Film and Media Postgraduate Student and tutorial leader at University of Cape Town, freelance producer at Afropunk and previously Lincoln Center (public programming department), student organizer and community organizing around Black Lives Matter, freelance writer of social and political commentary in VICE, Teen Vogue, Media Diversified, Black Youth Project, Africa is a Country. Both research and community organizing interests are at the intersection of politics and art. Kim is a Black queer woman organizer and race scholar from Ohio currently based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Greta Byrum

Greta Byrum re-imagines the way we design, build, control, and govern communications systems. As Co-Director of the Digital Equity Laboratory at The New School, she builds digital justice through applied research, community projects, and policy strategy. Previously Byrum built the Resilient Communities program at New America, where she developed and led Resilient Networks NYC, an initiative bringing training, tools, and equipment for storm-hardened wireless networks to NYC's flood zones. Greta is the co-chair of the NY Counts 2020 Tech & Tools Committee, and serves on the board of the Metropolitan New York Libraries Council.

Please join us on March 28th!