Surveillance and Cities panel, featuring Simone Browne, Lilly Irani, Tawana Petty and Shakeer Rahman

Date Range
Thu April 13th 2023, 3:00 - 4:00pm
Building 460, Margaret Jacks Hall
450 Jane Stanford Way, Building 460, Stanford, CA 94305
Room 426 (Terrace Room)
Event Sponsor
African & African American Studies
Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
Department of Communication
Program in Science, Technology, and Society
Program on Urban Studies
Sociology Department
Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
Symbolic Systems Program


In recent years, the adoption of surveillance technologies in the United States has been the subject of significant debate. Cities, including local police departments, have been increasingly using such technologies to solve crimes, protect security, and improve city operations. However, surveillance technologies have serious implications for privacy, equality, and freedom of expression and assembly, especially for marginalized communities. Through a panel discussion followed by a Q&A, we aim to explore the topic of surveillance in cities.

Our panel features scholars and community organizers focused on issues of surveillance. Collectively, these panelists bring experiences advocating for racial justice, data privacy rights, and civil liberties in the age of surveillance technology.

During the event, we will discuss how surveillance technologies have been historically used to target Black and brown communities. We will explore how the ongoing use of such technologies impacts human rights and civil liberties. Finally, we will discuss community activism efforts to challenge harmful surveillance systems.

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