Rebellion against technology at the service of surveillance
The Universidad Abierta de Recoleta, in conjunction with the organization MIJENTE, presents the course Rebellion against technology in the service of surveillance, third of the four courses that make up the International Diploma in Data, Surveillance and Democracy.
MIJENTE is a non-profit organization originally from Chicago, United States, established as the political home for Latino and Chicano people who seek racial, economic, gender and climate justice.
The third course of the International Diploma in Data, Surveillance, and Democracy takes a deeper look at the multiplicity of strategies that have built a powerful movement against the ever-expanding state of global surveillance. We will examine histories and systems of policing that dictate particular forms of technology, designed and controlled by big tech and enabled by governments. Immigrants, working class people, and communities of color face human rights abuses and widespread trauma and suffering in the name of lucrative contracts and massive profits.
Characterize theoretical and tangible tools towards neutralizing digital surveillance.
Academics, social organizers and people interested in surveillance. Minimum age: 15 years.
Since these courses are carried out remotely and asynchronously, there is no maximum number of places for them; however, blackout dates have been set to sign up for each one.
The course will be co-certified by the Universidad Abierta of Recoleta and MIJENTE, as long as the approval requirements are met.
This course has no cost of any kind for the participants.
From September 5, 2023, to January 10, 2024, until 17:00 p.m. (Chile time).
Course start date
Thursday, December 14, 2023 from 5:00 p.m. in Chile.
Estimated dedication time per week
To obtain the certificate of approval, you must submit the final project in week 5.
Indian writer and activist based in Vancouver, Canada. Her interests focus on immigration law, indigenous rights advocacy, feminist struggle, anti-racist, imperialist and capitalist movements. She is the author of the books Undoing Border Imperialism (2013), Red Women Rising: Indigenous Women Survivors in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (2019) and Border and Law (2022, edited by Green Lightning), as well as co-author of Never Home: Legislating Discrimination in Canadian Immigration (2015). In 2020 she was appointed a director of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and has won the Hillman Canada Award for Democracy and Social Justice.
She is a graduate of Howard University School of Law and was privileged to clerk for the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. A seasoned social fighter and activist, she was an expert consultant, lead researcher and co-author of Amnesty International’s 2005 report Stonewalled: Police Abuse and Misconduct Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in the United States, was a consultant for Caught in the Net, a report on women and the «war on drugs» published by the ACLU, the Brennan Center for Justice and Break the Chains, and co-author of Education Not Deportation: Impacts of New York City School Safety Policies on Immigrant Youth, published by Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM).
Is professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, and American Studies, and the director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean. Co-founder of many grassroots organizations including the California Prison Moratorium Project, Critical Resistance, and the Central California Environmental Justice Network. Gilmore has lectured in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.
Mijente campaign organizer. She leads the #NoTechforICE campaign. Previously, she worked at PODER in Mexico, organizing the Sonora River basin committees against water pollution by the mining industry. She was the main organizer of the Labours Congress for the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (2007-2014). In Louisiana, she helped establish a political base of undocumented day laborers and families dedicated to building worker power, promoting racial justice, and organizing against deportation in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Based in Chicago, IL, Cinthya Rodríguez is a national organizer for the NoTechForICE campaign and Mijente, a political home and national organizing center for Chicano and Latino people. Previously, she served as the Organising Director of the United Workers Center where she organized low-wage immigrant workers on the southeast side and the southern suburbs of Chicago. Additionally, she has organized locally around ethnic studies and served as a community educator and interfaith organizer.
Graduated in Audiovisual Communication, Audiovisual Communicator with a specialty in screenplay for film and television, and Diploma in Transmedia from the University of Arts, Sciences and Communication. Diploma in Film Script from the University of Chile. Current academic assistant and teaching coordinator of non-contact courses at the Universidad Abierta of Recoleta.