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Advances in technology over the past few decades have improved our lives in countless ways. Yet, these advances have come as a double-edged sword. While technology has made it easier to connect with faraway family and friends and gain access to the world’s libraries of information, it has also led to a stark loss of privacy through widespread data collection and surveillance by both government agencies and for-profit companies, including the imposition of electronic monitoring at workplaces. This livestream event will feature representatives of organizations using research, community organizing, and policy advocacy to expose and challenge the inner workings of the corporations and government agencies that are tracking us every day. 

This event is being organized by the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley and the ACLU of Northern California.



Rise up surveillance speakers

Resources: Privacy & Surveillance

Readings & Resources

Electronic Frontier Alliance:
About Face Campaign:
Security Education Companion:
Security Tool Guides

Surveillance Self-Defense: How to protect the privacy of your digital data

Security Tool Guides

How to protect yourself & others when attending a protest

Things to consider when crossing the US Border



Who's Behind ICE? Tech & Data Companies Fueling Deportations

The War against Immigrants

The Government Is Expanding Its Social Media Surveillance Capabilities by Tim Lau

The Surveillance State Is a Reality by Karl Maier

Everything Is Listening – We Already Live In A Surveillance State, We Just Don’t Know It by Augustine Fou

U.S. Watched George Floyd Protests in 15 Cities Using Aerial Surveillance by Zolan Kanno-Youngs

Body-Worn Cameras: An Empty Reform to Expand the Surveillance State by Stop LAPD Spying Coalition

Cooperation or Resistance?: The Role of Tech Companies in Government Surveillance by Harvard Law Review

How ICE Uses Databases and Information-Sharing to Deport Immigrants by Joan Friedland

Amazon is the invisible backbone of ICE’s immigration crackdown by Karen Hao

How the Police Use Facial Recognition and Where It Falls Short by Jennifer Valentino-DeVries

Racial Discrimination in Face Recognition Technology by Alex Najibi

Secret Amazon Reports Expose the Company’s Surveillance of Labor and Environmental Groups by Lauren Kaori Gurley

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A Black-led movement demanding police accountability and justice has galvanized anger, grief, and frustration over the repeated killings of Black men and women both historically and in the present day—but also hope for a future rooted in true belonging. People worldwide are participating in a pivotal uprising that will reshape not only our relationship with Black communities, but also our collective future. “Rise Up For Justice: Black Lives and Our Collective Future,” an ongoing livestream series from the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley, is providing space for cutting edge conversations among activists, scholars, journalists, and other thought leaders to provide context and analysis on this transformative moment and envision what comes next in the movement for racial justice.


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Healthy Black Families, Inc., Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Rural Community Workers Alliance,

Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Texas Organizing Project, Advancement Project, Africans Rising, Athletes for Impact, APALA NV, California Calls, Center for Knowledge Equity, Community Action Partnership, Elect Justice, Family Action Network Movement, GARE, Greater Good Science Center, Health Impact Partners, I'm Making a Difference, International SEIU, Jewish Voice for Peace, Make it Work NV, Make the Road NV, More in Common, MOSES MI, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, New Florida Majority, Policylink, Community Change Action, Race Forward, Revolve Impact, SEIU NV, Texas Organizing Project, University of California at Berkeley, Visíon y Compromiso,, Wayne State University (Detroit Equity Lab) and the Workers Center for Racial Justice.