Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 2PM EDT

Bad Company

Today, everyone seems to be impacted by technologies of surveillance and pervasive data capture. And yet, systems ranging from Nextdoor to Palantir’s software reinforce asymmetries of privilege and power in surprising and often similar ways, shaping both the identities of their subjects and the discourses in which they engage. Whether you’re calling your neighbor a “terrorist” on Nextdoor or a Palantir algorithm has labeled your neighbor a “terrorist,” we are positioned in relationship to one another via both these technologies in ways that cater to authoritarianism and that reify prejudice and contribute to practices of oppression and marginalization.

Presentation #1: Elinor Carmi, Ordering the (anti)social: How the advertising industry orders your mediated experience

Presentation #2: Adam Willems, Can We Call A Startup A ‘Cult’?

Moderator: Apryl Williams

This discussion will take place on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 2PM EDT and will stream live on YouTube. A recording will be available on our website. You can sign up here to receive reminders about future episodes of TtW Presents.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 2PM EDT

Watching Me, Watching You

Today, everyone seems to be impacted by technologies of surveillance and pervasive data capture. And yet, systems ranging from Nextdoor to Palantir’s software reinforce asymmetries of privilege and power in surprising and often similar ways, shaping both the identities of their subjects and the discourses in which they engage. Whether you’re calling your neighbor a “terrorist” on Nextdoor or a Palantir algorithm has labeled your neighbor a “terrorist,” we are positioned in relationship to one another via both these technologies in ways that cater to authoritarianism and that reify prejudice and contribute to practices of oppression and marginalization.

Presentation #1: Keli Gabinelli, “What is Nextdoor for?” Spaces of Imagining and Politics of Performing Community

Presentation #2: Sun-ha Hong, The Moralisation of Predictivity in the Age of Data-Driven Surveillance

Moderator: Zach Kaiser

This discussion took on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 2PM EDT. You can sign up here to receive reminders about future episodes of TtW Presents.

Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 7PM EDT

To kick off TtW Presents, we’re launching with a powerful and timely dialogue: Dr. Allissa Richardson and Mutale Nkonde will discuss the layered and multifaceted impact of surveillance on Black people in the context of the Movement for Black Lives and the Covid-19 pandemic. Moderated by TtW Committee member Dr. Apryl Williams, this talk will demonstrate how facial recognition systems used in policing; tracing software associated with the pandemic; and Black death imagery have created a treacherous techno-mediascape that extends both state matrices of power and systems of racialized, anti-Black oppression in the United States. This discussion will take place on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 7PM EDT and will stream live on YouTube. A recording will be available on our website. You can sign up here to receive reminders about future episodes of TtW Presents.