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1394 days ago
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  • How-To Organize A DiscoTech - if you'd like to organize your own event, start by making a copy of the Countersurveillance Hackathon Event Template. Then, fill in the details of your venue and agenda, you'll easily fill in the structure of the event. Handy descriptions exist through the template. Also, let us know if you organize an event so we can add it to the event announcements!
1319 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Arthi Vezhavendan , schock.one@gmail.com , Nushelle de Silva 1319 days ago
Arthi V SoMove Discussion and Workshop
schock.one@gmail.com We kick off with a round of introductions, then Puck Lo reads to us a story about the background of SoMove. [see if this is published online somewhere?] Puck provides background re: global justice movement, indymedia, information and activism. 
Next Puck talks about the Giovanni's Room project. Giovanni's Room was a Gay bookstore in Philly. When it closed, there was little coverage of it. SoMove interviewed people about their connection to the store, and Puck plays clips of voices from this important element of queer history.
Nushelle S Resources for conducting interviews for oral history: http://www.oralhistoryforsocialchange.org/
Arthi V Group 1:  Social Media Strategies
Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr are the normal platforms for media outreach.  What are other, non-conventional ways we can share these SoMove documentaries and the Infiltrated website?
  • How can we get people to respond to and react to the stories on the site?
  • Devise a social media strategy for the site.
  • How can SoMove promote the site and get users to share the stories?
Group 2:  Reading and Content Analysis
Youtube Clip:
Reading Questions:
1. Why didn't Crow report Darby to the authorities?
2. How was this story told about counter-infiltration?
3. Was this story effective in telling the story of the FBI and Brandon Darby?
4. How would you begin to re think this story in the terms of Infiltrated?
Group 3:  Similar Webpage Analysis
Compare how other similar sites share their videos and content. List the pros and cons of each site.  This will help us see what else we should include on our website and what mistakes to look out for.
1347 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by schock.one@gmail.com 1347 days ago
  • The NSA doesn't actually infiltrate groups, it collects "signals intelligence." It leaves infiltration to other intelligence agencies.
  • SoMove has a strength, which is recording and producing oral histories (audio & video). Concerned that focusing on crowd sourced content won't play to this strength enough.
  • Suggest centering the content produced by SoMove folks, not user submitted content.
  • Make it clear what the process is for stories being included, especially if it seems crowd-sourced. +1
1333 days ago
Group 1: Vojo
- Would you engage with the group regularly? Why?
Each member of the group explore and interact with one of the following websites that use Vojo
Daniel W
  • Sean suggested looking at Twilio again, he has source code from a previous twilio project. We can look at how NEO can help set up the database and maybe even heat map.
  • Many ways of input, but hard to type, students may not be coherent. Needs simpler way of sharing. 
  • Vojo doesnt give any response when you submit anything. 
  • Capacity to deal with data
Group 2: NYCLU Stop and Frisk App - Security and Sorting Info
UYC envisions the app as an inputting device, to protect the identities of students sharing their info, similar to the NYCLU stop and frisk app.
Elizabeth C ** consider downloading the stop and frisk app
- How can UYC "package" the data and stories to be visually appealing/impactful without compromising the security of the students?
Wang Y Video filming, Blurring + facial recognition
- To draw students in, should we structure the site as a series of campaigns (ask a question  or phone in with responses to a specific prompt)?
Facebook campaign with questions e.g. "what's the last time you saw..."
-Can you think of a way to strike a Vojo website/app balance?
Susanna P Simple = better 
How active are the student users?
Daniel W App: put prompts on screen rather than input manually, anonymous distort voice/picture
post incident, store video etc
private vs public info
Susanna P On the app:
Generally easy to use -- survey had too many questions? maybe? or maybe not.
Listen feature misleading
Default behavior -- record? 
Too specific -- how can it be generalized?
Option to upload video / pictures / sound recordings (in addition to taking video)
Wang Y People may just use the internal camera tool of the phone, instead of install an app.
Susanna P Instant upload +++
if adapting app to work as a post-incident reporting system (and not a during incident recording system) the app might need...
  • voice recording feature
  • front camera recording option
  • list of questions to prompt the student telling a story through front camera or voice recording+
  • would need a way to translate video/voice recordings
  • an option for storage (of recordings)
Wang Y
  • distort the voice to ensure anonymous status (can choose distortion type)
Susanna P Questions:
  • Is the primary goal to record data or to retell the stories?
schock.one@gmail.com Group 3: Crowdmap/Ushahidi
Crowdmap is a hosted platform for incident reporting. You can see a test group for UYC here:
Email                         uyctest@in.crowdmap.com
Send from your registered email address                 
SMS       +1-772-200-4233                                                 
Include *uyctest in the message.                 
schock.one@gmail.com It's built on the Ushahidi platform. They also have a mobile app for iPhone and Android:
Nushelle S Sourcemap: based on heatmapping - doesn't seem to have an option to be private?
Vojo: moderated group - not published - can contact everyone who posted
Stop and frisk: app, access to source code, where does info go?
1335 days ago
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Neo's working with the codesign class to help with design and development of codesign projects. Neo's going to be providing some development and design time, it's much shorter than a normal engagement but it'll be enough time to do something. To arrange things we need to know what the needs and state of the project is for everybody. 
  • Needs: UI / UX work for mobile UI for the android app to show IMSI catchers.
  • Contact Person: Jeffrey Warren (jtwarren@mit.edu)
Willow B
  • Neon: Jamie and Alvero
  • Needs: DEV! Web / app dev &  backend development - Coding to build the prototype. 
  • Contact Person: 
  • Neon: Marcelo
  • Contact Person: Yu Wang: yu Wang <wangyu@mit.edu>
Willow B
  • Neon: Marcelo
  • 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. 
  • Contact: Wei-Wei (tweilu@mit.edu)
  • Neon: Alvero
  • Contact Person: arthivez@gmail.com
  • Neon: Fei
  • Needs: "app-ify a vojo story project"
  • Contact: danwang@mit.edu
  • Neon: Jamie
1333 days ago
Aditi M Week 12
Presentation for UYC:
 - Ronald Reagan's administration marked the War on Drugs
 - African-Americans are ten times more likely than whites to be sent to prison for drug offenses
 - The Gun Free Schools Act - 1994
 - Columbine School Shooting - April 20, 1999 - push for zero-tolerance and the communities of color across the country saw an increase in policing
 - Increase in spending for policies that were pushing zero-tolerance
Nushelle S  - Recharacterization of student behavior
Aditi M  - Reauthorization of the ESCA - No Child Left Behind - repealed Guns Free School Act of 1994
 - Suspension rates from all students increased from 1973-2006, but African-American students the highest
 - Over 52% of suspensions were black students, when they only make up 27% of the population
 - This year, Dept. of Justice released their discipline in schools report
 -  Terrible history of police officers and community of colors in NYC - 35000 cops in schools - much less than the number of guidance counselors
Elizabeth C Increase in police presence in "most dangerous schools" instead of increase in counselors "Impact schools" that are predominantly low-income communities of color
Stop and Frisk stops at the door of a school
schock.one@gmail.com Recently a teacher in the Bronx was arrested for intervening in a fight between police officer and student inside the school.
Aditi M UYC Goals:
Elizabeth C Restorative justice: Healing communities, talking about schools as communities
Working on changing the MOU
Over 1700 schools, largest school district
Parents say "remove bad kid from community so my kid can learn" - but educators and legislators should be held accountable
More emphasis in criminalization of students than development
Aditi M Question: Can you talk about what friends and allies you help shape the issue in DeBlasio's campaign?
Becky H A: DeBlasio publicly committed to eliminating some things including suspensions for willful denial (?), where we saw racial disparity very clearly. The new head of the department of education announced that she will be looking at the racial disparities in push out and discipline.
It's been harder to work on our MOU campaign because the city is not ready to talk about removing NYPD from schools, even limiting the NYPD in schools. There's still a narrative that the streets are dangerous, schools are dangerous, black and brown kids are dangerous.
June, the public process starts for changing the discipline code and in Aug it will be finished. We're more hopeful for that piece than the youth piece.
Aditi M Question: Are students taught to do something specific if the police are after them or are unjustly harassing them?
Becky H A: Where you can record a stop and frisk and police in the street, young people don't have access to that in the schools. Right now, if there is harassment from a safety officer in the schools, you have to report to internal affairs in the NYPD. We don't want it to work that way. We see that young people who do report, or parents who report for their students get a lot of backlash from officers. The most that has happened to a safety officer is that they get moved to another school.
They want it to be a third party, not cops holding cops accountable, for real, does not happen.
schock.one@gmail.com Principles have no control over hiring or firing school safety, instead that happens through police academy.
They do know your rights training, but in the middle of a conflict, that may not matter: if the officer ignores it.
Question (Sean): the heightening of security in schools is a national issue, do you work with groups like yours in other cities?
A: We're part of the national Alliance for Educational Justice. There are 27 organizations, we're always growing. NYC, Philly, Boston, Denver, Oakland, LA, Wichita, Chicago. A lot of powerful youth organizations across the country. We joined AEJ b/c of federal trend, and also b/c NCLB was going to be reauthorized. We have national demands around school safety, redistributing funds for counselors as opposed to cops, eliminating out of school suspension. Pushing a statewide bill, Illinois has a statewide bill. Tackling statewide policy in hopes of later pushing to federal legislation. 
Aditi M Question: What is the final objective? To get police out of the school or to just be involved in a process? When do you declare victory?
Becky H A: When all students are safe! The conversation around what does a victory look like - we know this has been a multi-year fight. What I would consider a victory is removing NYPD from schools, limiting police in schools, and a positive school culture that promotes education and careers.
schock.one@gmail.com Why can't schools hire their own security guards, not NYPD, trained in de-escalation, part of a community, working to create safe school cultures?
Becky H The second piece is to create restorative schools. The concept of restorative justice, comes from indigenous communities that believe in healing and accountability in real ways. When we're 14, 15, 16, our brains are still developing, why would we charge ourselves as adults?
Bringing in social and emotional learning.
schock.one@gmail.com Question: how does UYC organize? How do you form groups in schools?
A: We're a coalition of Make the Road, Sistas and Brothers United, Future of Tomorrow (and another org).
Maria organizes the organizations, and the organizations organize the young people. The coalition does the bigger picture, citywide work with everyone.
Becky H I organize the organizations, the organizations organize the young people.
Aditi M Becky: Oftentimes, we are told surveillance is about safety, but we never have the conversation about what is safety.
schock.one@gmail.com What is the role of young peoplle in creating safe spaces? 
We don't talk about what the physical environment looks like: cameras, metal detectors, barbed wire, hallway sweeps. 
Becky H Question: What is the most important piece for you, from the work this term? Incident reporting, informaiton sharing, what's at the core of what you want to have come out of this project? Is
Answer: Combination of data-collecting, so we can see where there's a need for organizing. We hear on the ground what young people are saying, but there's no way to capture the day to day of what is happening to young people. We can't have access to this, even the data we get is limited because of federal protection of information, which is an excuse.
Surveys so they can share their daily experience. The sharing of stories to build bases, young people to get them to organize. I was hoping for something like the Stop and Frisk app, but that's really hard. Knowing where there is a need to organize and using the stories and information that comes out of that to build relationships and start organizing.
Q: What do you currently do to gather that information?
A: The membership, and the local orgs, and the schools, do that. We're not in Harlem, El Barrio, Chinatown, a lot of communities where folks look like us, but there's not a lot of organizing around school safety or youth organizing. We want to be able to capture neighborhoods we're not in already because we need to be there.
Q: The campaigns now, how are they sending their messages? Rallies, twitter hashtags, how?
A: Our young people write op eds and we get them published; we're doing a better job around social media, engaging in conversations with everyone - mayor's office, influential people and have had a lot of conversations; there's a barrier to the stories we can share. We've experienced a lot of backlash when we share particular stories about young poeple -- none of the storeis are clean, they are complicated. A lot of times there is responsibility on the student. We also message it -- adults need to react like adults, not in abusive ways when young people act out. 
We have heard that schools have found out that students have reported stories and schools are harder on them and that school security forces beat up young people for reporting incidents.  We have had media outlets researching yong people and exposing that some of our young people have citations or warnings. We are cautious about sharing because of potential backlash.
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.”

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