Upcoming Webinar on Racism in Policing and Surveillance Tech

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Dear BCCLA Supporter,

Join us for our upcoming webinar in collaboration with Amnesty International—“Predict and Surveil: Racism in Policing & Surveillance Tech”, a timely event on anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, surveillance, and criminalization through the rise of invasive digital technologies.

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Time: 11 AM-1 PM PST (2 PM-4 PM EST)

Where: The event will be livestreamed on YouTube. You can RSVP below if you wish to receive the livestream link directly into your inbox.

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Police and security agencies in Canada have long subjected Indigenous, Black, and Muslim communities as well as activist groups to illegal surveillance. Algorithmic policing and technological surveillance by law enforcement and spy agencies have rapidly—and quietly—expanded in Canada. These practices threaten privacy and civil liberties, encode patterns of inequality, and solidify colonial structures.

Join us for a chance to hear from academic, community, and legal experts on how new forms of... technological surveillance and criminalization impact over-policed communities by reconfiguring state and social power.

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Dr. Chris Gilliard is a research fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, whose work on privacy, institutional tech policy, digital redlining, and the re-inventions of discriminatory practices through data mining and algorithmic decision-making is at the forefront of exploring the intersections of social harm and emerging technology.

Molly Wickham (Sleydo') is the Gitdimt’en Clan spokesperson of the Wet’suwet’en nation. Molly was arrested during a militarized RCMP raid on unceded Gitdimt’en territories in 2019. The Wet’suwet’en exercise their unbroken and unextinguished right to govern and occupy their lands, yet land defenders continue to be subjected to intense colonial state surveillance and criminalization.

Kate Robertson is a criminal defence lawyer and a Research Fellow at Citizen Lab, where she consults on law and policy issues relating to privacy, law enforcement, and surveillance. Kate is the co-author of To Surveil and Predict: A Human Rights Analysis of Algorithmic Policing in Canada, an unprecedented report providing a comprehensive overview of the algorithmic policing landscape in Canada.

Dr. Jeffrey Monaghan is an Associate Professor at Carleton’s Institute for Criminology and Criminal Justice. His academic research examines practices of policing, security governance in the context of the war on terror, and surveillance with a focus on environmental and Indigenous movements.

The event will be moderated by Daniella Barreto, Digital Activism Coordinator at Amnesty International Canada. Daniella is a former organizer with Black Lives Matter (Vancouver) and a past Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Fellow. She has written about the impacts of emerging surveillance tech, health tech, and smart cities on BIPOC communities and is concerned with the impacts of surveillance on anti-racism activists organizing for a better world.

We would also like to acknowledge that this event will feature speakers and attendees situated on various Indigenous lands and will be inviting everyone to acknowledge the territory from which they join during the event.

We hope to see you there.



Amy Gill

Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator

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