From the Organizers:
This month we’ll be joined by Deputy Managing Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Nathan ‘nash’ Sheard, for a dynamic discussion on the threats inherent in government use of privacy-invasive surveillance technology and why a broad range of communities have chosen CCOPS ordinances as the most democratically empowering way to facilitate critical discussions and provide accountability measures that advance public safety & civil liberties.
As the Deputy Managing Director of EFF, nash works to assure the organization's work is impactful, collaborative, and innovative. Before joining EFF's executive team, as Organizing Director, nash led EFF's grassroots, student, and community organizing efforts. nash's work is informed by lived experience with aggressive and militarized policing in the US and abroad, including racial profiling, police brutality, and activist repression.
Communities across the US have found Community Control of Police Surveillance (CCOPS) laws to be a practical step on the path to systemic change. Adopted in more than a dozen cities, CCOPS laws empower the people of a community, through their elected representatives, to decide whether or not city agencies may acquire or use surveillance technology. Given the threat many of these technologies pose to essential freedoms, in many cases, the right choice will be to say “no,” full stop.
Tuesday, February 8
5 pm PT / 7 pm CT
Online (via Zoom)
This event is organized not by EFF, but by EFF-Austin, a grassroots group participating in the Electronic Frontier Alliance. The EFA is a network of grassroots organizations across the country committed to promoting digital rights. Together, we're building a movement to promote freedom of expression, privacy, security, creativity, and access to knowledge.