The Color of Surveillance: Monitoring of Poor and Working People

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Georgetown University Law Center - Hart Auditorium

600 New Jersey Avenue Northwest

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The powerful have long agreed: Poor and working people must be watched.

With the proliferation of digital monitoring and algorithmic management of gig economy and blue collar workers, it might seem like the expansion of workplace surveillance is a new trend. In reality, it is a centuries-old phenomenon that has shaped core aspects of modern privacy debates. From English Poor Laws, to the monitoring of 19th century coal miners and 20th century farmworker advocates, to contemporary efforts to track workers in the digital economy, this conference will follow the surveillance of poor and working people and those who advocate for them.

How has the myth of the untrustworthy pauper or worker transformed over time? What role has race and ethnicity played in justifying surveillance? Has this surveillance proven effective or not? How has technology normalized and propagated this surveillance? Finally, how are local communities, advocates, and artists responding to these challenges?

The Color of Surveillance addresses these questions and more, elevating the voices of working people, labor advocates, artists, and historians. The conference will take place on Thursday, November 7 in Hart Auditorium at Georgetown University Law Center, and is presented in partnership with Free Press and MediaJustice, with support from The Center on Poverty and Inequality Economic Security and Opportunity Initiative, the Workers' Rights Institute, and The Institute for Technology Law and Policy.

Note: if you would like to RSVP without going through Eventbrite, please email us at privacy@georgetown.edu. Schedule and speaker details below.


9 - 9:20 AM: Introduction to The Color of Surveillance: Monitoring of Poor and Working People

  • Alvaro Bedoya, Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law

  • Gabrielle Rejouis, Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law

9:20 - 9:35: “Friendly Visitors”

  • Michael Reisch, University of Maryland

9:35 - 9:50: Transaction Denied

  • Xena Ni, Independent Artist

9:50 - 10:05: Poor People and Privacy

  • Mary Madden, Data & Society

10:05 - 10:40: Unhoused, Watched

  • Tristia Bauman, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

  • Kelly Miller

  • Indi Dutta-Gupta (moderator), Center on Poverty & Inequality at Georgetown Law

10:40 - 11: Break

11 - 11:15: Housed, Watched

  • Schyla Pondexter-Moore

11:15 - 11:30: The Class Differential in Privacy Law

  • Michele Gilman, University of Baltimore School of Law; Data & Society

11:30 - 11:45: The Digital Poor House

  • Virginia Eubanks

11:45 - 12 PM: Reflections from the MediaJustice Network Delegation

  • Laila Nur, Coworker.org

  • Gabriela Sandoval, TURN

12 - 12:50: Lunch

12:50 - 1: Interlude: What is Money?

  • Circle Time: Episode 1 Babak Radboy, What is Money? 2018 By DIS

1 - 1:05: Welcome Back

  • Sandra Fulton, Free Press Action Fund

1:05 - 1:20: The Eyes of King Coal

  • Mark Bulik, The New York Times

1:20 - 2:00: Surveillance in the Fields

  • Victor Díaz, Migrant Justice / Justicia Migrante

  • Will Lambek, Migrant Justice / Justicia Migrante

  • Chris Ramsaroop, Justice for Migrant Workers

  • Allison McDonald (moderator), Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law

2:00 - 2:35: Surveillance of Truckers

  • Anne Balay, Independent Scholar

  • Karen Levy, Cornell University

  • Jameson Spivack (moderator), Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law

2:35 - 2:55: Break

2:55 - 3:10: (In Range) (Out of Range) (Connecting)

  • Rodrigo Toscano, Labor Institute

3:10 - 3:45: Beyond Automation

  • Marley Pulido, Coworker.org

  • Brishen Rogers, Temple Law; Georgetown Law (Visiting Fall 2019)

  • Mark Gaston Pearce (moderator), Workers' Rights Institute at Georgetown Law

3:45 - 4:00: Surveillance Ain't Safety

  • Tawana Petty, Detroit Community Technology Project

4:00 - 4:40: From Decarceration to E-Carceration

  • Chaz Arnett, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

  • Myaisha Hayes, MediaJustice

  • Topeka K. Sam, The Ladies of Hope Ministries

  • Alexandra Givens (moderator), Institute for Technology Law & Policy at Georgetown Law

4:40 - 4:55: Consumer Privacy, Worker Privacy

  • Gabrielle Rejouis, Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law

4:55 - 5:00: Closing Remarks

  • Alvaro Bedoya, Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law


Speakers:

  • Sandra Fulton of Free Press Action Fund, a leading advocate at the intersection of privacy, surveillance, and civil rights.

  • Myaisha Hayes of MediaJustice, a community organizer focused on the intersection between criminal justice and technology.

  • Will Lambek, organizer with Migrant Justice, participating as an interpreter for Victor Diaz.

  • Kelly Miller, a whistleblower and advocate who testified before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the lack of privacy experienced by the unhoused.

  • Xena Ni, an independent artist who co-created the Transaction Denied installation on the aftermath of a D.C. food stamp system glitch.

  • Laila Nur of Coworker.org, a campaign strategist who helps workers across industries make meaningful changes in the workplace.

  • Mark Gaston Pearce of the Workers’ Rights Institute at Georgetown Law, former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board.

  • Marley Pulido of Coworker.org, an organizer of tech workers at the intersection of socially responsible tech and worker's rights.

  • Jameson Spivack of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, a Policy Associate who focuses on law enforcement’s use of face recognition technology.

  • Rodrigo Toscano of the Labor Institute, a poet, labor organizer, and author of In Range.

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