[resource-net] Global Surveillance in the Data Society - Disruptive Fridays #12, Sept 11 5PM CEST

Tatiana Bazzichelli tbazz at disruptiv.biz
Wed Sep 9 14:58:40 CEST 2020

...and of course the link to the live stream is always at:


On 09.09.20 14:36, Tatiana Bazzichelli wrote:
> Dear all,
> we are back with our Disruptive Fridays and we are looking forward to
> seeing you online at our upcoming event this Friday, September 11:
> Disruptive Fridays #12:
> Global Surveillance in the Data Society
> September 11, 5PM CEST
> With Sonia Kennebeck (Film Director, MY/DE/US), Assia Boundaoui
> (Journalist, Filmmaker, Artists, DZA/US), Jer Thorp (Artist, Writer and
> Teacher, CA/US). Moderated by Tatiana Bazzichelli (Artistic Director,
> Disruption Network Lab, IT/DE), Mauro Mondello (Investigative
> Journalist, Filmmaker, IT).
> On September 11, Disruption Network Lab is organising Disruptive Fridays
> 12#: Global Surveillance in the Data Society, a preview of the
> conference DATA CITIES: Smart Technologies, Tracking & Human Rights -
> which Tatiana Bazzichelli is curating together with investigative
> journalist Mauro Mondello (September 25-27, Kunstquartier Bethanien,
> Berlin).
> The conversation will reflect on the discourse of surveillance and human
> rights during the coronavirus crisis, and will reconnect it to another
> event that reshaped our society: 9/11.
> We decided to host it on 9/11 as a symbolic date, which signed
> unprecedented measures on the level of security and surveillance,
> compromising our privacy and freedom, and changing the way we perceived
> our society. To unfold the discussion we invited three speakers that
> have been dealing with the issues of data, tracking and human rights
> since long time.
> Sonia Kennebeck will introduce her last film UNITED STATES VS. REALITY
> WINNER, currently in post-production. The film is the story of
> 25-year-old NSA contractor Reality Winner who disclosed a document about
> Russian election interference to the media and became the number one
> leak target of the Trump administration. In the framework of the
> discussion on post-9/11 surveillance and whistleblowing, she will trace
> a line that connects her three films: National Bird (the story of three
> whistleblowers who blow the whistle on the US drone war), Enemies of the
> State (about the case of hacker Matt DeHart), and United States vs.
> Reality Winner.
> Assia Boundaoui will present her work combining community storytelling,
> visual arts, and artificial intelligence. Her work, The Inverse
> Surveillance Project, is an AI program analysing hundreds of thousands
> of documents collated by the FBI on people of colour over the past 100
> years, revealing historic patterns on tactics it used during operations.
> An Algerian-American journalist and filmmaker based in Chicago, she
> directed the film The Feeling of Being Watched, a documentary
> investigating a decade of FBI surveillance in Boundaoui's
> Muslim-American community, which had its world premiere at the 2018
> Tribeca Film Festival.
> Jer Thorp, a data artist that designed (with Jake Barton) an algorithm
> and a software tool to aid in the placement of the names on the 9/11
> Memorial in Manhattan, will discuss his data artistic practice. His 9/11
> Memorial Project allowed to arrange the names of those killed in the
> 9/11 attacks, respecting their familial, personal and business
> relationships with each other. He also collaborated with Mark Hansen,
> Ben Rubin, and Local Projects to create an interactive timeline of the
> attacks. Author of many data-inspired artworks, his forthcoming book
> Living in Data will be published in 2021.
> We will discuss the issue of surveillance and human rights, reflecting
> on the transformation of our lives when security measures have been
> extensively implemented in the US and worldwide. Tatiana Bazzichelli and
> Mauro Mondello will moderate the talk.
> --------
> Sonia Kennebeck, Film Director, MY/DE/US
> Sonia Kennebeck is an independent documentary filmmaker and
> investigative journalist with more than 15 years of directing and
> producing experience. She has directed eight television documentaries
> and more than 50 investigative reports. National Bird, her first
> feature-length film, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival 2016 and was
> also selected for Tribeca, Sheffield, and IDFA. In March 2017, National
> Bird received the prestigious Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize that is
> awarded to one documentary a year “that defends the public interest,
> advances or promotes social justice, or illuminates a more just vision
> of society.” Kennebeck received a master’s degree in international
> affairs from American University in Washington, D.C. She was born in
> Malacca, Malaysia, and lives in New York.
> https://www.codebreakerfilms.com/films
> Assia Boundaoui, Journalist, Filmmaker, Artists, DZA/US
> Assia Boundaoui is an Algerian-American journalist and filmmaker based
> in Chicago. She has reported for the BBC, NPR, PRI, Al Jazeera, VICE,
> and CNN. Her debut short film about hijabi hair salons for the HBO LENNY
> documentary series premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Her
> feature length debut THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED, a documentary
> investigating a decade of FBI surveillance in Assia's Muslim-American
> community, had its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. She
> is currently a fellow with the Co-Creation Studio at the MIT Open
> Documentary Lab, where she is iterating her most recent work, the
> Inverse Surveillance Project. Assia has a Masters degree in journalism
> from New York University and is fluent in Arabic.
> Jer Thorp, Artist, Writer and Teacher, CA/US
> Jer Thorp is best known for designing the algorithm to place the nearly
> 3,000 names on the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan. Jer was the New York
> Times' first Data Artist in Residence, is a National Geographic
> Explorer, and in 2017 and 2018 served as the Innovator in Residence at
> the Library of Congress. Jer is a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, and an
> alumnus of the World Economic Foundation’s Global Agenda Council on
> Design and Innovation. He is an adjunct Professor in New York
> University’s renowned Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), and
> is the Co-Founder of The Office for Creative Research. In 2015, Canadian
> Geographic named Jer one of Canada’s Greatest Explorers. Jer’s book
> 'Living in Data’ will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the
> spring of 2021.
> https://www.jerthorp.com/

Tatiana Bazzichelli // Artistic Director
Disruption Network Lab
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