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**CANCELLED**

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to the inclement weather in the United States disrupting Dr. Eubanks’ travel plans. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope to be able to re-schedule Dr. Eubanks’ visit for the fall. Any re-scheduled events will be posted on our website.

The Graduate Program in Gender Studies and Feminist Research, The Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia, The Department of Anthropology and the YWCA Hamilton are pleased to present:

Virginia Eubanks, Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, SUNY, Albany

Virginia Eubanks is the author of Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age (MIT Press, 2011) and co-editor, with Alethia Jones, of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith (SUNY Press, 2014). She is also the cofounder of Our Knowledge, Our Power (OKOP), a grassroots economic justice and welfare rights organization.

Professor Eubanks is currently working on her third book, Digital Poorhouse, for St. Martin’s Press. In it, she examines how new data-driven systems regulate and discipline the poor in the United States. The book focuses on the use
 of predictive analytics in Child Protective Services in Pennsylvania; the automation and privatization of welfare eligibility processes in Indiana; and a digital registry that tracks homeless communities in California.

She is a Fellow at New America, a Washington, D.C. think tank dedicated to renewing American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age and the recipient of a three-year research grant from the Digital Trust Foundation (with Seeta Peña Gangadharan and Joseph Turow) to explore the meaning of digital privacy and data justice in poor and working-class communities.

Free Panel discussion with community activists Celeste Licorish and John Mills, members of Speak Now Hamilton: Stories Worth Hearing

 

“Beyond Big Brother: Data, Discrimination, and Surveillance in our Neighbourhoods”

 

Wednesday, January 27, 5:30 pm, YWCA McNab Street, Hamilton.
Reception following.

 

It is no secret that economically disadvantaged and racially marginalized communities have long been subject to intensive scrutiny and information collection. From the abolitionists to the Zapatistas, radical political movements have always faced state surveillance. But how are information collection, storage and sharing changing with the advent of new digital tools like automated license-plate readers, Stingray cellphone trackers, and predictive policing algorithms? Join data justice activist Virginia Eubanks, Celeste Licorish, and John Mills for a wide-ranging and interactive discussion of how we can help raise awareness of digital surveillance in our communities without sending our neighbours diving for their tinfoil hats!

 

All welcome. Poster attached.

 

Eubanks poster

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Date/Time
Date(s) - January 27, 2016
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location
YWCA McNab Street

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