The Technology and Structural Inequity Series: Privacy and Surveillance

Sponsored by the Department of Computer Science and CSREA

The Technology and Structural Inequity speaker series will focus on the impact of technology on marginalized communities. The series will bring together leading academics and activists whose work is influencing how we think about and how we fight against the harms that technology is causing. The speakers will examine how technology is being used to increase the surveillance and policing of marginalized communities and how many of these technologies are inherently biased and discriminatory.

Please join us for a roundtable discussion on privacy and surveillance on February 17, 2021 at 12 p.m. This discussion will feature:

  • Glencora Borradaile, Associate Professor & Associate School Head of Computer Science, Oregon State University
  • Elissa M. Redmiles, Faculty Member & Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems
  • Matt Mitchell, Technology Fellow, Ford Foundation, and founder of cryptoharlem

Free and open to the public. Please register to attend

Presented by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) in partnership with the Department of Computer Science’s Computing for the People Project. 

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Glencora Borradaile is the Associate Professor and Associate School Head of Computer Science at Oregon State University. They are on the advisory board of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, where they helped initiate and continue to build the Digital Security Program to support activists and their lawyers. They have initiated a research program whose mission is to support the digital needs of activists, and ensure that everyone can communicate freely and safely, regardless of their identity. They also created and teach an interdisciplinary course on communications security and social movements that is offered through the Difference, Power and Discrimination Program at Oregon State University. Glencora has a B.Sc. in applied mathematics from the University of Western Ontario (2002) and a Ph.D. in computer science from Brown University (2008), and held a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization at the University of Waterloo.

Matt Mitchell is a hacker, founder of CryptoHarlem, and tech fellow to the BUILD program at the Ford Foundation. In his work there, Matt develops cybersecurity strategy for the foundation’s grantee partners. Matt is a well known security researcher, operational security trainer, and data journalist. His organization CryptoHarlem, hosts impromptu workshops teaching basic cryptography tools to the predominately African American community in upper Manhattan. Matt worked as an independent digital security/counter surveillance trainer for media and humanitarian focused private security firms. His personal work focuses on marginalized, aggressively monitored, over-policed populations in the United States. Matt sits on the Network Investment Council of Reset Tech, and the board of Action Squared Inc. He is formerly a tech advisor to the Human Rights Foundation, and the Internet Freedom Festival. Matt was also a member of the advisory board to the Open Technology Fund, the Internet Freedom Festival, the Digital Security Exchange, Citizen Clinic at Berkeley University Center for Long Term Cybersecurity, the 4th Amendment Center at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and TurnOut.

Elissa M. Redmiles is a faculty member and research group leader of the Safety & Society group at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems. She additionally serves as a consultant and researcher at multiple institutions, including Microsoft Research and Facebook. She uses computational, economic, and social science methods to understand users’ security, privacy, and online safety-related decision-making processes. Her work has been featured in popular press publications such as the New York Times, Scientific American, Wired, Business Insider, Newsweek, Schneier on Security, and CNET and has been recognized with multiple Distinguished Paper Awards at USENIX Security and research awards including a Facebook Research Award and the John Karat Usable Privacy and Security Research Award. Redmiles received her B.S. (cum laude), M.S., and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland.