The state has long controlled, surveilled, and criminalized the bodies and reproductive choices of women and those who are or can become pregnant. The apparatus behind this is sprawling.
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This conference will be centered on the monitoring, tracking, surveillance, and policing of women, people who seek abortions, and those who are or are able to become pregnant. We situate these discussions within various overlapping contexts, including: the legal and civil rights implications of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization; the current landscape of digital surveillance of vulnerable groups, including abortion-seekers; historical and ongoing racial violence and injustice such as the forced sterilization of Black and Indigenous women and criminalization of their pregnancies; and the rising tide of transphobia and homophobia demonstrated in state laws being introduced across the country.
We are hosting The Color of Surveillance: Policing of Abortion and Reproduction on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. ET. This is a mini, virtual edition of our previous in-person, all-day Color of Surveillance conferences.
- hold space for reflections on and reactions to the likely overturning of Roe v. Wade, and the implications for the future of gender equality, racial justice, LGBTQ+ rights, and civil rights;
- draw connections between mass surveillance and policing, the criminalization of abortion, and the growing power of the corporations that use our data to build and sell powerful surveillance technologies; and
- situate the leaked SCOTUS draft opinion in the context of the current sociotechnological and legal landscape that people seeking an abortion must navigate, while providing historical context to illuminate the short- and long-term implications of the decision.
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