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Conference: Freedom & Unfreedom in the Digital Age

When: Friday, October 25, 2013, 3:00 pm to Sunday, October 27, 2013, 10:30 am
Where: Lesley University • 34 Mellen St • Doble Campus, Wolford House • Cambridge


Grassroots Use of Technology / Digital Media Conference

October 25-27, 2013 - Lesley University, Cambridge.

Conference Website - register, propose, inform

The conference's 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. There will also be basic workshops on social media, digital storytelling and privacy software. 

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, Libby Reinish 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.

Tickets are $35 ($10 students and low-income). 

Full background and registration information is available on the conference website:


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The event is sponsored by Lesley University, United for Justice with Peace, Massachusetts Global Action,  Open Media Boston, TecsChange, and Massachusetts Peace Action.

Program Outline

Friday, October 25, 2013

  • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Registration
  • 6:00 -7:00 p.m. Reception
  • 7:00- 9:00 p.m. Conference Opening - Unfreedom: Digital Technology in the Service of the National Security State and the Prison-Industrial Complex [Plenary 1]

Saturday, October 26, 2013

  • 8:30- 10:00 a.m. Bagels & Coffee
  • 8:30 - 2:30 p.m. Registration
  • 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Workshops [Session 1]
  • 11:45 - 1:15 Freedom: Digital Technology in the Service of Grassroots Social Movements [Plenary 2]
  • 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Lunch [with table discussions]
  • 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Workshops [Session 2]
  • 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Movement Building: Connecting Privacy, Civil Liberties, Restorative Justice for Freedom [Plenary 3]
  • 6:00 - late Exhibition, Reception

Sunday, October 27, 2013

  • 11:00 - 1:30 Follow-up Workshops and Movement Building Activities [Session 4] 



Lesley University, Doble Campus, Wolford House, 34 Mellen St.,Cambridge, MA

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