InSecurity: Race, Surveillance and Privacy in the Digital Age

In Partnership with the Center for Media justice and the Consumers Union

Now more than ever, digital tools sit at a precarious tipping point, and many question whether they will be used to address pre-existing

disparities, or further entrench them. Specifically, the Internet and new networked technologies often increase the threat of mass surveillance and digital discrimination against communities of color, migrant and low-wage workers, and low-income families, amplifying problems of criminalization, deportation, poverty and overall insecurity. Data mining, location tracking, fusion centers and the brokering of sensitive financial profiles require a race forward analysis.


New America hosted a conversation that stretches from intent to impact. Using contemporary examples from across the country, we’ll explore what digital rights and privacy safeguards are needed to ensure our nation’s most vulnerable communities are not placed at greater risk for violations of their civil and human rights.

Join the conversation online by using #mediajustice and following @OTI.



Seeta Peña Gangadharan

Senior Research Fellow,

Open Technology Institute
Chris Calabrese
Legislative Counsel,


Hamid Khan
Campaign Coordinator,
Stop LAPD Spying
Grace Sheedy
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)


Malkia Cyril
Founder and Executive Director,
Center for Media Justice