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1316 days ago
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Paulina H Comments on the website for Alvaro
  • Can the most recent blogposts as the bottom be removed from everywhere but the front page?
  • Can we add in the search bar?
  • How does the glossary work? Are certain words auto-tagged? (look at "encryption" on the communicating with others page)
In-Class Sprint 4/30/14
1354 days ago
1. Clarify: ask questions of clarification about the work 
  • ove already have stories of infiltration that are recorded/produced?
  • Do you, or SoMove, have a definition of 'Inflitrated?' +1 +1 +1 +1
Willow B
  • Will the feed be curated at all?
Wang Y
  • What kind of impact do you want to achieve?
Aditi M
  • Can you talk more about how you will be organizing these stories aside from time, place, and tags?
2. Value: Comment on the strengths of the work
Willow B
  • Solidarity is hard! This can help.
Saul T
  • Infiltration is often done to divide. This helps to inoculate against that++
Chrislene D
  • Storytelling
Jeffrey W
  • User personae were compelling 
3. Concerns: comment on your concerns about the work
  • How will the stories be gathered/recorded? +1 +1 
  • Who will review incoming stories?
Willow B
  • FOIA requests can put personal information in the public domain. There are other ways of seeing if there are files which still respect privacy. EFF can help with this. +1
Saul T
  • FOIA requests won't surface any information about ongoing investigations +1
Becky H
  • Form: Concerned that people will not trust/use the form. How can you make clear on the form, what the value of sharing your story about infiltration is?
Chrislene D
  • Visuals-not many pictures or maps
Wang Y
  • Do we need a secure channel to report the news?
Saul T
  • The NSA doesn't actually infiltrate groups, it collects "signals intelligence." It leaves infiltration to other intelligence agencies.
  • Worried about 'platform building.' Suggest using Wordpress or existing tools.
Paulina H
  • How much do you plan to have built by the end of the semester?
4. Suggest: Make suggestions for improving the work
  • Rather than build a new platform, use an existing platform if possible! +1  +1 +1 +1
  • Start by telling us who SoMove is! +1
Aditi M
  • Frame the infiltration problem better - tell the story of the issue more in the beginning
  • If SoMove has any stories already recorded (video/audio), try starting from that existing content and build its presentation from there - this would also shape which layout to go for
Willow B
  • Way to link various groups/methods infiltrating (can we see a trend?) - IE, I like Layout 3.
  • Make it clear what the process is for stories being included, especially if it seems crowd-sourced. +1
  • UYC
Becky H goals: create a platform that helps UYC to use the collection of stories and data as a body of evidence backing their policy recommendations
1. Clarify: ask questions of clarification about the work 
  • Why would we need geotags? If we need school names, use school names?
Saul T
  • If this project were wildly successful, how would schools be different? +1
Miho K
  • Who would be reading the compiled texts etc.?
Becky H
  • How are students currently sharing these stories? Are they? With whom?
Sean F
  • Can students use app to share via social media?
Jeffrey W
  • Was noh8 an existing project or something you're proposing?
2. Value: Comment on the strengths of the work
  • Really like the Selfie design candidate +1 +1+1 +1 +1 +1
Paulina H
  • +1 seems feasible and fun!
Becky H
  • YAY that this came from talking with students +1
Chrislene D
  • Teens love instagram! 
Aditi M
  • Great user personae
Wang Y
  • Great prototype / graphic design - making the process enjoyable
Pia Z
  • It's nice that the students will be able to share their stories. 
Wang Y
  • Good consideration of user scenario - collect data after school. +1
Willow B
  • I really like the "knowing if it was legit or not" so far as official action
Evan H
  • Looking at real use is the best way to determine value in what you build.
3. Concerns: comment on your concerns about the work
  • Like the selfie idea, but concerned about retribution against students +1 +1
Sean F
Becky H
  • will the school retaliate against students and how will UYC support students who take this risk? +1
Jeffrey W
  • Will students be willing to tell a compelling story via text message, could email also work? +1 +1 +1
Becky H
  • Can you use this as a way of movement building/informing students about UYC and organizing together?
  • What is UYC's ongoing capacity to maintain the app and to process contributions
4. Suggest: Make suggestions for improving the work
  • 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
Wei-Wei L
  • instagram campaign could just be a way to engage users to answer surveys and stuff and used in conjunction with another survey app or something
  • Earlier we talked about the trucks/bodegas where people leave phones. Any way to bring that back in.
Aditi M
  • Get more specific about personae - or the different ways each personae use the app
Becky H
  • Make clear how reports/stories will contribute to campaigns/weakening of school to prison pipeline +1
Willow B
  • Have a way to see what initiatives are going on, plug into them
Sean F
  • 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.
Paulina H
  • Also IRB approval
Saul T
  • And the students may be minors so you'll need parental consent
Jeffrey W
  • Tradeoff between ease of use and useful data seems hard, maybe look into existing projects that gather/collect strong data but also are usable for the specific demographic.
Willow B
  • From Neo: push notification might work better than text message if students have smart phones
Aditi M
  • The problem you are addressing is really critical and can be explained better - maybe even though a personal story in the beginning
1. Clarify: ask questions of clarification about the work 
Jude M
  • How will you be able to tell that a cell tower belongs to one of the agencies?
Willow B
  • Need clarity in what it is to "collect data with your phone" - I think you mean make it clear what "legit" towers are, which I love. +1
2. Value: Comment on the strengths of the work
Becky H
  • Great! introducing your partners and their work. +1 +1+1 +1
Aditi M
  • Really glad you gave an overview of this problem - well done +1++1
Becky H
  • Yay sharing your team values! +1 +1 +1
Wang Y
  • Build awareness & focus on regulation +1
  • Nice job with the user personae +1+1
  • Really nice overview of training your device, then comparing to look for any new tower
Saul T
  • SPIDEY is a good name +1 +1+1 +1
3. Concerns: comment on your concerns about the work
Willow B
  • Passive is both awesome for crowd sourcing, bad for infiltration.
  • If you centralize the source, someone could spoof the source
Miho K
  • I know that the user personae is limited to those who are interested in this issue, but what would they do after they find out about the unknown cell tower? Is there any way to prevent it? +1
Daniel W
  • How easy is it for them to mask the towers?
Becky H
  • What would you do with fake crowdsourced reports? How could you keep the data clean?
Willow B
  • How do people find out about the application?
Evan H
  • Aren't there stealth IMSI catchers?
Chrislene D
  • What ways can we react to finding out we are being spied on? 
4. Suggest: Make suggestions for improving the work
  • Consider sharing publicly when an IMSI catcher is found - via FB, twitter, with a hashtag? +1
1342 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Paulina Haduong 1342 days ago
- Paulina & Wei-Wei
Paulina H Blogpost 7
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). 
1347 days ago
  • Needs: UI / UX work for mobile UI for the android app to show IMSI catchers.
Jeffrey W
  • Contact Person: Jeffrey Warren (jtwarren@mit.edu)
Evan H
  • Contact Person: 
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: DataViz, html javascripty, design
  • Contact Person: 
  • Needs: Some frontend work to help setup stuff for EFF site. Possibly just turning the threat model workshop into a web-based tool? Some help/advice on Drupal. 
Paulina H
  • Contact: Wei-Wei (tweilu@mit.edu)
  • 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.
Arthi V
  • Contact Person: arthivez@gmail.com
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.
  • Needs: help prototyping a mobile app or txt message alert / feedback system. 
  • Contact: danwang@mit.edu
1340 days ago
Sean F DWN workshop - "Bedtime Stories" Feedback
  • Group 1: Content Rating
  1. read and watch the different types of content provided by DWN (copied below)
  1. think about how each piece of content would work within Bedtime Stories
  1. add notes to the Hackpad with your impressions
  1. compare different types of content (audio, text, video) - which is more effective? 
  • Group 2: Framing the Topic & Call to Action
  1. based on the presentation by DWN, brainstorm about how to frame and introduce the issue of the bed quota
Aditi M
  • Need to show how absurd the bed quota is,  but the site is too static and refined
  • It's beautiful, but it needs to be more shocking
  • Needs to be emphasized that it is 34,000 every single night
  • Maybe the grid starts empty and then is just fills
  • Mouseovers need more facts? 
  • Should the grid auto play?
  • How much is about the shock value of the absurdity or how much of it is about the content?
Saul T
Sean F
  1. write a 3 sentence introduction to the site that includes a call to action
Aditi M
  • What is exactly is the call to action? What can I do as a slacktivist? Is there a petition to sign?
  • Easy embed links to share a story from the site - the individual GIFs should be sharable through social media platforms
Aditi M
Sean F
  1. write a Facebook update and a tweets that could be used to share the site
Paulina H
Saul T
  • Do you think a pregnant woman should be locked up without access to a lawyer?
  • Develop a group of insane statistics (numbers, dollars, people) and let sharer chose one that resonates
Paulina H
  • (this isn't a tweet, just a comment, lol)
Aditi M
Sean F
  • Group 3: Distribution & Organizing
Becky H Q: how is DWN organized?
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 F Brainstorm and discuss the following questions and record your thoughts on the Hackpad below:
  1. How can we get Bedtime Stories out in the world? 
Elizabeth C
  1.  Easily shared on social media
  1.  Embedding it onto your site, blog, articles, etc
Arthi V
  1. Have allied organizations share with their audiences
Sean F
  1. How would you share this site with your networks?
Daniel W
  1. Facebook
  1. Website embedding
Elizabeth C
  1. Twitter, hashtags
Becky H
  1. Twitter (DWN has ~10k followers); could you trend your hashtag, ask each follower to tweet 3 times in x amount of time; could you get 34k tweets against the quota?
  1. list serve
  1. each story should have something short and sharable on another platform
  1. an interest in refreshing content, or possibly highlight content from one ally or another at a given time; so feature stories mostly from one 
  1. how can this platform be used in future iterations?
  1. using this as a place for people to call in to record their stories; (could use http://vojo.co/)
  1. think of this as a mashup between pinterest and twitter; it's a sort of library, a database
Sean F
  1. How can activists use this as an organizing tool?
Elizabeth C
  1. Ways to localize it? "Find your closest detention center"
  1. Other organizations can share their detention stories, set up a cot, etc
  1. Call your senator about detention center quota
Becky H
  1. could share detention center map through this; 
  1. could encourage other forms of participation because it's visual
Sean F
  1. What would make you want to revisit the site? 
Elizabeth C
  1. If there was something you can expect would be updated
  1. site is more of a one-time site, interact with the website, share it, and that's it
Becky H
  1. and is it important to have people come back? what do you want people to do after they see this -- what kind of engagement?
silky s
  1. Storytelling platform - think about it as a documentary site to engage people initially
Sean F
  1. How would you want to stay connected with the issue? 
Elizabeth C
  1. mailing list? twitter updates
  1. anytime news about detention centers/deportation comes up DWN could use that to remind people of the website via Twitter: "check up on the counter for bedtime stories."
Becky H
  1. what are the future possibilities of this site?
Sean F             
Elizabeth C            
Sean F             
  • Possible Content for Bedtime Stories (Group 1)
  DWN’s Resource Page
 Quotes – People Directly Impacted 
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.”
1391 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Paulina Haduong , Wei-Wei Lu 1391 days ago
Paulina H Threat Model Workshop
Activity 1: Make your own TM
Activity 2: Make someone else's TM
  • instruction sheet
  • scenarios
  • threat model components
Instruction Sheet
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...
Wei-Wei L
  • 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..
Paulina H
  • 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...
Wei-Wei L
  • 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...
Paulina H
  • 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...
Next Steps
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! 
Paulina (pah360@mail.harvard.edu)
Wei-Wei (tweilu@mit.edu)
1382 days ago
Aditi M Codesign Studio 2014 Week 5
Becky tells the group about San Francisco
  • 11 different projects came from different parts of the world / 80 different people attended
  • Heard a lot of great user stories
  • Some groups work with users for a collaborative process and some groups work in teams within themselves
  • Later today - will facilitate another conversation about censorship and the state
(Group - check out Hackpad from the Bay Area)
  • Becky will write a blog post about Right Con and the Discotech in the Bay Area.
DiscoTech Evaluation Workshop
+, -, Δ
(plus, minus, delta)
+: Loved that there were 33 people and workshops
-: Wished spent more time to line up solid talks in the beginning / put too much emphasis on class projects
Δ: More outreach to bring in community members and more talks in the beginning
+: 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!
Wei-Wei L Wei-Wei/Paulina
+: 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.
Susanna P Susanna/Miho
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 P Δ: More interactions with other simultaneous DiscoTechs
Δ: More music!
Δ: More structured events on Sunday
Δ: More (mini)lectures 
Sean F Chrislene
+ meeting Pia in person and work together as a group
- we didn’t get to experience Sat activities
Δ more events on Sunday
+ having extended period of time for design
- still didn’t have a lot of time with DWN
Δ mandatory 4 hour meeting with partners?
+ how workshops were broken up, opportunity to sit in on team projects
- some instructions weren’t clear, lack of flow between events (i.e. transitioning from talks to workshops)
Δ printed materials that explain workshops better or MC that guides
+ time to socialize on Sunday 
- not too many people present 
Δ Ice breaker activities?
Elizabeth C Elizabeth
+ 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. 
+ Success of face painting workshop
Enjoyed being able to talk to people about the project (rather than the much shorter workshop we had in mind)
It was a great first hackathon experience - not too "tech-y" so it was very community friendly
- Didn't have many participants for sprint session
Not enough structured talks at the beginning and/or end (Saul's really stood out)
Not enough community members
Δ Would have shorter sessions (I felt 2 hours were too long)
Would put sprints earlier in the day
More recruiting of high school students and community members
Have DiscoTech later in the semester so we would have had time to communicate more with UYC and be able to get across their needs better
+ Fun, educational, engaging, spontaneous, productive
— energy, attendance, structure all fading to the end of the day
— some people came expecting traditional hackathon
Δ Add an event at the end of the day to keep focus
Δ Move event later in the semester to all more time for projects to percolate
Evan H Evan - DiscoTech Buenos Aires
+ 4 people showed up and tried out the projects being worked on in SF.
 - Organizing something during Carnival doesn't work. Had to cancel lawyer's talk on privacy rights in Argentina. 
 - Only hackers showed up, no community folks. 
Δ: Organize in community focused space not hacklab
Δ: More lead time and outreach
Δ: Don't do it during carnival. 

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