thumbnailAdvances in drone aircraft, networked cameras, and recent disclosures about the NSA’s international and domestic surveillance activities have stimulated public protests, outrage from activists, and new policy discussions among elected leaders. This symposium will highlight emerging perspectives on visual privacy and consider the state of the art from a variety of disciplines and professions, including technology, journalism, filmmaking and the arts.

Though traditionally considered separate domains, visual and digital surveillance practices are being combined as machine vision, facial recognition and other technologies become more sophisticated and interoperable. Institutional surveillance by semi-autonomous drones and remote cameras, citizen video monitoring, and incessant photo-sharing and tagging on social networks enable perpetual documentation. The same tools can be used for both transparency and repression.

This symposium will bring together scholars and practitioners from a range of disciplines to discuss privacy protections, surveillance methods, and modes of resistance in a digital age. The program will feature two keynote addresses and two panel discussions that will explore emerging surveillance technologies and applications across a range of contexts, and then turn to resistant strategies employed by individuals and organizations in response.

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The Berkeley Center for New Media is proud to be co-sponsoring this event, presented by CITRIS, the Data and Democracy Initiative, and the UC Davis Mellon Research Initiative in Digital Cultures. Also co-sponsoring are the Samuelson Clinic for Law, Technology & Public Policy, Berkeley Law; Human Rights Center, Berkeley Law; The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities; Program on Liberation Technology, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford; Access.