Data Rules Everything Around Me

Recasting Digital Shadows

with Becca Ricks

Rebecca Ricks

11/29/2018
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The trails of data we leave online plug us into categories that can shape–and potentially limit–who we think we are. Social platforms and algorithms are exerting unchecked power over our bodies and behavior.

But fear not! People like Becca Ricks are creatively exploring how to rectify, obfuscate, embody, and recast our digital shadows.

Journalism, Activism, & the Surveillance State

with Harlo Holmes

12/13/2018
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It seems impossible to communicate safely and securely online. Data hungry corporations and governments siphoning our internet traffic, collecting our searches, and mining our metadata.

But fear not! People like Harlo Holmes, Director of Newsroom Digital Security at Freedom of the Press Foundation, are working to educate folks how to be confidently secure their communications.

Rebecca Ricks

Decentralizing the Web

with Tara Vancil

Rebecca Ricks

01/31/2019 ( RSVP on Eventbrite | pdf )

One of the web’s greatest features is its potential to be extremely decentralized. While possible in theory, in practice this isn’t always the case. Web sites live on servers, and these servers are increasingly being controlled by a handful of monopolies.

But fear not! People like Tara Vancil are working to democratize and decentralize the Web. She’s building tools and contributing to protocols in an effort to make it easy and fun to independently publish and share things on the Web.


program description

Privacy has been pronounced dead; allegedly “free” services cost us troves of personal data; our governments know more about us than we do ourselves. No one actually “Agrees” to these “Conditions”, yet short of abandoning all modern conveniences, resistance seems futile. But fear not! There are loads of projects and people working on ways to take back our digital agency.

Facilitated by Nick Briz & Jon Satrom, Data Rules Everything Around Me (D.R.E.A.M.) is a FREE & OPEN monthly series devoted to discussing these topics. Featured writers, artists, developers and other cultural producers are invited to share their research and perspectives on the data that fuels the systems that run our world.

event schedule

  • Rebecca Ricks
  • Harlo Holmes
  • Tara Vancil
  • Melody Haase
  • Diana Nucera
  • Margaret Mitchell
  • 11/29/2018
  • 12/13/2018
  • 01/31/2019
  • 02/28/2019
  • 03/28/2019
  • 04/25/2019
  • Rebecca Ricks
    11/29/2018
  • Harlo Holmes
    12/13/2018
  • Tara Vancil
    01/31/2019
  • Melody Haase
    02/28/2019
  • Diana Nucera
    03/28/2019
  • Margaret Mitchell
    04/25/2019

more speakers to be announced

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