The Instagram / Social Campaign idea is very strong, strongest idea. Think about how it can be used to also satisfy UYC's goals around data - may not be incompatible. For example, you can use in-body messages or hashtags to answer survey questions +1
Consult a social scientist when developing your survey to ensure that data can be used in academic publications. This will be tricky too because in order to use the data in publications you'll need consent forms, etc.
Last week the EFF (Jillian & Eva) led a discussion on threat modeling and how and why we might want to make threat models. Afterwards, as a class, we split into groups and worked through some of the different modules, thinking through interactive and visual elements. We talked about doing anything from flow charts to inserting animated GIFs.
We also got some feedback from Hugh and this is the next iteration of our design (it's cat-free!).
At the moment, we're going to start thinking more critically about design elements and ask Neo for help with a framework for the website. Here are a few of the design elements (in various draft-y states).
Stalker Wizard project, with Cambridge Domestic Violence Tech Working Group and Tor Project. This group is working with advocates for survivors of domestic violence, who are often targeted for stalking and harassment by their abusers, who use their phones and social media to track them. The project will most likely focus on improving the useability of a web based app that helps domestic violence survivors understand how to improve their safety and avoid tracking by their abuser.
Needs: Has designer from org and wireframes but not any web dev experience, needs help building publishing app to show these stories and maybe do a map mashup. It's a story telling app. Mainly need front end development help to create a map interface that will help display interviews and stories.
High school surveillance project, with Urban Youth Collaborative. Urban Youth Collaborative (http://www.urbanyouthcollaborative.org). The UYC organizes youth in NYC schools, and they want to draw attention to stories of how NYPD surveil the high schools through officers in the schools, metal detectors, cameras in classes, and more. They want to gather stories from youth. They are leaning towards an app, but also, young people's phones are taken from them during the school day, so there are challenges.
A: we've been around since 97; organization is fluid and changes; we have organizaitonal and members around the country. We have a list serve, not just members, where peple interact; regular member calls where people interact quarterly; upmcoming conference 250 people; we do trainings, strategy sessions.
Our membership - legal service providers, grassroots orgs, youth based orgs, advocacy orgs, visitation program; people who are impacted; started with a lot of legal advocates and has shifted to grassroots groups too.
Q: How do you connect with people?
A: snail mail, email, talks, presentations, collaborating with members, and supporting them; as far as member comms, we're known for our list serve (high traffic), mass mailings, e-newsletters.
in terms of folks who don't know about hte issue we probabaly don't reach a lot of folks who don't know about hte issue. We try to funnel things out through our membership.
Sean FBrainstorm and discuss the following questions and record your thoughts on the Hackpad below:
Source: DWN’s Expose and Close One Year Later Report
“We have been given in our food trays expired juices, apples with worms in them, Jell-O that tastes like soap, left overs cooked differently up to three times in one week, but the worst was on August 18, 2013, for dinner we were served ground turkey meat, but the meat was so badly spoiled, a very foul smell spread all over the dorm. It was so bad, some gagged at the smell, others almost threw up when they notice maggots in the meat.”
Immigrant detained at Adelanto Detention Facility, California
“The day we arrived at [the facility] they had us without clothes, naked for two days, officials would enter the room and they would laugh at us.”
There is no single solution for keeping yourself safe online. Digital security isn’t about which tools you use; rather, it’s about understanding the threats you face and how you can counter those threats. To become more secure, you must determine what you need to protect, and whom you need to protect it from. Threats can change depending on where you’re located, what you’re doing, and whom you’re working with. Therefore, in order to determine what solutions will be best for you, you should conduct a threat modeling assessment.
When conducting an assessment, there are four main questions you should ask yourself:
ASSETS: What do you want to protect?
THREATS: Who do you want to protect it from?
RISKS: How likely is it that you will need to protect it?
CONSEQUENCES: How bad are the consequences if you fail?
ACTION PLAN: How much trouble are you willing to go through in order to try to prevent those?
Today, you're going to make a visual representation of a threat model! Use some of the cards provided to make your own visualization - feel free to be as creative as possible!
You are a photojournalist living in the Sudan, and you take controversial photos. You need to send them back to the NYTimes so that they can publish them, but you don't want any other government to gain access...
You, a fifteen-year-old, really like Game of Thrones, but your parents don't have HBO. You've just discovered PirateBay, but you're worried about getting caught torrenting...
You are secretly Superman, and you do not want anyone to know your true identity. Only Lois Lane knows who you really are, and she loves to talk to you about it. The government and newspapers would love to get the inside scoop on your alter ego..
You're a senior in high school applying to college. You used to be a frequent partyer, and your college counselor just warned you that admissions officers are starting to check applicants' social media profiles...
You are an activist in Egypt, and you are planning a protest against a government policy. You need to coordinate with many different people across the country and get the message out to the interested public in order to succeed...
You are a CIA operative working in India, and you're working on a super secret op that you don't want anyone to find out about, except for your boss...
Thanks for participating today! We hoped you learned a lot about threat modeling! To find out more about how you can protect your assets, stay tuned for updates about the Surveillance Self Defense project at http://codesign.mit.edu ! We currently have a working website at http://www.ssd.eff.org, and we would love any feedback you have!
+: There was a great range of experience and knowledge at the DiscoTech, allowing for a lot of learning and sharing of knowledge and ideas. Having various times for unstructured talk (opening, small groups, lunch, post-workshops, etc.) was definitely a good thing! Having the focus of surveillance did a lot to center conversations on cool/interesting topics.
-: I think there was a lot of focus on the class, class projects, etc. We have a lot of interesting projects and partner groups but it seemed that it was kind of the focus of the DiscoTech, rather than surveillance in general. I agree with what Sasha said about Saul's talk, and doing more to open the day more strongly.
Δ: I wish there were more people in general. The more people there are the more ideas and even structured events (opening talks, etc) there could/would be. Hitting my (minus) point a bit, I feel like it a future iteration could do more to put focus on the "surveillance" aspect. That being said, I do think it was a super awesome time and I definitely learned a lot!
+: Our workshop (threat-modeling) went well, and it provided us with the information that we were hoping to get out of it. We felt like people liked our materials, and the end-products were visually pleasing as well as informative. We also thought that a lot of interesting conversations occurred.
-: We thought there was not a diverse enough group of people or that there were not enough people in general. We also felt that later in the afternoon, the day was not structured enough and felt scattered.
Δ: We wished the energy level had been higher with more music or more events going on. We also felt like we spent all of our time at our own workshop, and we didn't get a chance to see/stop by the other workshop stations, so maybe staggered workshop sessions or categories of workshops (more workshops!) happening at the same time.
Miho K+: It was nice to have Josh, our project partner, representing CURE themselves and people seemed to get interested in their work more.
+: Hands-on workshops covered many topics - they were interesting and fun.
+: Attendees were very engaged and interested in any projects in general, and their feedback was very valuable.
+: We could meet people (actually a person) who want to help our project!
+: Free-style was good to allow flexibility of attendance. Anyone can hop in and out of multiple projects pretty easily.
Susanna P-: For our project specific workshop, we had difficulty controlling the trajectory of the group discussions and didn't get as much direct feedback as we hoped for. We also didn't thoroughly document the work that we did (through photos, videos, etc...).
Miho K-: we couldn't control the conversation and didn't get as many feedback as we wanted in terms of quantity
Susanna PΔ: More interactions with other simultaneous DiscoTechs
+ The facepaint workshop went surprisingly well! I even got to facepaint a young girl while her mom talked about surveillance with her (train them young?) I also enjoyed the public art discussion, and there were a lot of different people from different backgrounds.
- The two people who were really excited to talk about juvenile discipline in the beginning ended up leaving before we could talk to them. Also, the youth orgs we invited didn't show up..
Δ I would've enjoyed more talks like Saul's with specific focuses on certain surveillance aspects (the DIY talk on public art, for example, could've had it's own short talk/ presentation.) I also would've enjoyed more interaction with the other discotechs.