Upcoming Events

Color of Surveillance

Our country is waking up to the pervasiveness and brutality of policing in black communities. At the same time, we are engaged in the most important surveillance debate in a generation. Conversations about these trends rarely intersect.

On April 8, 2016, Georgetown Law and the Center on Privacy & Technology will hold a landmark conference to begin bridging that gap. Entitled The Color of Surveillance: Government Monitoring of the African American Community, the conference will explore the role of law enforcement and national security surveillance in the relationship between African Americans and their government –beginning with the colonial era and continuing to the present day. 

Click here for a livestream of the event. See below for a schedule of the day, information on our speakers, and a link to register for the conference.

Schedule of Events

9:00 –9:05  Welcome from Dean William Treanor, Georgetown Law

9:05 –9:15  Introduction from Professor Paul Butler, Georgetown Law

9:15 –9:25  Notes on the Color of Surveillance by Alvaro Bedoya, Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law 

9:25 –9:45  Surveillance in the Slave Era. Simone Browne, University of Texas at Austin

9:45 –10:00  Watching Back: There's an App for That. Brandon Anderson, The SWAT App; Anthony Cook, Georgetown Law

10:00 –10:35  Surveillance of Low-Income Communities. Khiara Bridges, Boston University; Hamid Khan, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition; Robert Patterson, Georgetown University (chair)

10:35 –10:55  The "Negro Subversion" Division: Early 20th Century Surveillance. David Levering Lewis, New York University

10:55 –11:10  Break

11:10 –11:25  Stingrays: A Primer. Freddy Martinez, Lucy Parsons Labs

11:25 –12:05  Martin Luther King &the FBI. David Garrow, University of Pittsburgh School of Law; James A. Baker, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Alvaro Bedoya, Center on Privacy & Technology (chair)

12:05 –1:05  Lunch

1:05 –1:50  Predictive Policing - and Sentencing. Andrew Ferguson, University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law; Kristi Lane Scott, U.S. Department of Justice; Sonja Starr, Michigan Law; Chinyeré Tutashinda, Center for Media Justice; Arjun Sethi, Georgetown Law (chair)

1:50 –2:05  Disrupting City Hall. Eugene Puryear, Black Lives Matter D.C.

2:05 –2:25  Surveillance After 9/11. Sahar Aziz, Texas A&M University School of Law

2:25 –3:00  The Racial Gaze. Simone Browne, University of Texas at Austin; Osagie Obasogie, UC Hastings College of the Law; Paul Butler, Georgetown Law (chair)

3:00 –3:15  Race and Facial Recognition Technology. Clare Garvie, Center on Privacy & Technology; Jonathan Frankle, Center on Privacy & Technology

3:15 –3:30  Break

3:30 –3:50  Stop & Frisk: Surveillance on the Street. Kristin Henning, Georgetown Law

3:50 –4:05  The Promise and Peril of Body Cameras. Harlan Yu, Upturn

4:05–4:30  Surveillance of Black Lives Matter. Brandi Collins, ColorofChange.org

4:30 –4:50  Encryption, Apple and the FBI: Why You Should Care. Matthew Mitchell, Cryptoharlem

4:50 –5:00  Closing Remarks from Paul Butler and Alvaro Bedoya, Georgetown Law & Center on Privacy & Technology 

5:00 –5:45  Closing Reception


Brandon Anderson, developer of the Safety With Accountability and Transparency (SWAT) App, an app that helps citizens stream video of police interactions to secure servers, encouraging positive law enforcement interactions with community members.

Sahar Aziz of Texas A&M University School of Law, a scholar on the surveillance of Black Muslim communities after 9/11

James A. Baker, General Counsel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Khiara Bridges of Boston University School of Law, a scholar of the monitoring experienced by populations receiving public benefits

Simone Browne of the University of Texas at Austin, a theorist and scholar of the history of surveillance of the African American community and author of Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness

Brandi Collins of ColorofChange.org, the organization leading the effort to release records of the Department of Homeland Security's monitoring of Black Lives Matter activists

Anthony Cook of Georgetown Law, a scholar of civil rights, community development, social movements and constitutional law

Andrew Ferguson of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, a leading scholar on predictive policing

Jonathan Frankle, Staff Technologist at Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy & Technology, where he researches technical facets of facial recognition and co-teaches the inaugural offering of Computer Programming for Lawyers.

David Garrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., author of The FBI and Martin Luther King

Clare Garvie of the Center on Privacy & Technology, author of an upcoming national FOIA survey on the deployment of facial recognition systems by state and local police departments

Kristin Henning of Georgetown Law, a scholar of criminal law, director of Georgetown Law's Juvenile Justice Clinic, and former public defender

Hamid Khan of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, a privacy advocate and critic against racial profiling in urban and immigrant communities

David Levering Lewis, the twice Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of W.E.B. DuBois and author of W.E.B. DuBois: Biography of a Race and W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century

Freddy Martinez, technologist and co-founder of Lucy Parsons Labs, a grassroots organization that is using the Freedom of Information Act to uncover the Chicago Police Department's use of Stingrays on urban communities

Matthew Mitchell, a security researcher, operational security trainer and data journalist who leads Cryptoparty: Harlem and has worked as a data journalist and developer for The New York Times and CNN

Osagie Obasogie of the UC Hastings College of the Law, author of Blinded by Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind, a study of how blind people perceive race and racial identity

Robert Patterson of Georgetown University, is a scholar of literature, the civil rights movement, Black popular culture, and the politics of gender

Eugene Puryear, is a Washington, D.C.-based organizer active in the Black Lives Matter movement and who works daily on issues around affordable housing

Kristi Lane Scott, Acting Director of the Department of Justice’s Office of Privacy & Civil Liberties

Arjun Singh Sethi of Georgetown Law & The Sikh Coalition, a writer and frequent commentator on civil rights and racial and religious profiling

Sonia Starr of the University of Michigan, a scholar on the use of demographic and socioeconomic factors in criminal sentencing

Chinyeré Tutashinda of the Center for Media Justice, a communicator and organizer who has worked for years in social justice campaigns in the Bay Area

Harlan Yu, a technologist from Upturn and an architect, with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, of the civil rights scorecard for police-worn body cameras

The conference will be hosted by Paul Butler, a criminal law scholar and Professor of Law of Georgetown Law and Alvaro Bedoya, founding executive director of the Center on Privacy & Technology, who recently penned a Slate essay entitled "The Color of Surveillance."

To register for The Color of Surveillance, click here.