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Attending today's #ColorOfSurveillance and there are already too many gems to tweet, check out the stream:…

To start, poor people more likely to experience security breaches bc old phones don't get the latest security updates. @mary_madden @datasociety
During Unhoused & Watched @IndivarD states that work requirements to receive public benefits is part of the history of racial control, like the "white glove test" used to check the cleanliness of black women's homes.

Poor people must choose between privacy and benefits. Tanf requests people's mental and sexual histories, and locations.

"Poverty was something to be managed, not eliminated."

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TL today will be tweeting about #ColorOfSurveillance. @GeorgetownCPT event focusing on the surveillance of poor & working folks.

@alvarombedoya kicks us off with lit review overview. "This is not new. The poor have always been monitored."
Covers Why have the rich always monitored the poor? Powerful must do so to...
1. Distinguish good & bad.
2. Define & demarcate Whiteness
3. Confirm that poor people aren't working 'hard enough'
Samuel Bentham invented the infamous Panopticon not for prisons. The idea was primarily to watch the *workers* at his factories.
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.@repfranklucas makes the obvious point that one of the issue with people being "underbanked" is lack of institutional trust. He asks Zuck why people who are distrustful of banks would trust FB. Zuck - in contradiction of earlier media statements - basically says people trust FB.
@RepFrankLucas .@RepGregoryMeeks asks Zuckerberg if FB has worked with any minority-development depository institutions, given that he cares about the "unbanked" so much.

Zuckerberg admits he has no idea if FB has done this.

#ZuckBuck #BigTechTakeover
@RepFrankLucas @RepGregoryMeeks #Libra does not offer bank accounts.

#Libra does not offer bank accounts.

#Libra does not offer bank accounts.

#Libra does not offer bank accounts.

Stop it.

#ZuckBuck #BigTechTakeover
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1/ Look up the "Molly Maguires."

You'll see portrayals of a vicious gang of Irish coal miners that murdered mine owners in the dead of night.

How vicious?

Aaaah... pretty vicious, according to historians at the time. From F.P. Dewees (1877) #colorofsurveillance
2/ Problem?

This xenophobic caricature ignores the brutalization of coal miners by mine owners and the state...

ignores many workers' dual role as labor leaders...

justifies their infiltration by the Pinkertons...

who laid the ground for executions of 10 of their leaders.
3/ At #ColorOfSurveillance, you'll hear from the @nytimes' @mdbulik on a updated and more complete history of "The Sons of Molly Maguire."…
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1/ The most vulnerable are in a no-win situation:

The unhoused struggle to have privacy (or control) in their lives.

Yet those who *find* shelter often live in spaces designed to maximize surveillance.

(Sound familiar?) #colorofsurveillance
2/ At #ColorOfSurveillance, @GotNoPlace will explain the maze of local laws that basically criminalize not having a home.

Countless cities make it illegal to sleep, sit, "loaf," loiter, or ask people for help.

From the #HousingNOTHandcuffs report (PDF:…)
@GotNoPlace 3/ Yet, as Dr. Jade Boyd of @BCCSU will tell us, those who *do* find shelter find themselves in yet another monitoring matrix of bright lights, gates, glass panels, perfect lines of sight, etc.

From "Supportive Housing and Surveillance" (2016):…
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1/ For the unhoused, giving up deeply personal information is a part of daily life.

Below -- a template for the Homeless Management Information System intake form for homeless people seeking shelter. #colorofsurveillance
2/ Many may assume that poor and working class people don't value their privacy.

The crushing reality is that the *opposite* is true. The less money you make, the *more* you worry about what happens to your data.

@mary_madden showed this in a recent @datasociety survey:
@mary_madden @datasociety 3/ It gets worse:

Not only do poor and low income folks care more about their privacy -- the consequences of privacy breaches often have far greater consequences than they do for the wealthy.

@mary_madden explains for the @NYTimes:…
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0/ Today, @GeorgetownCPT is opening RSVPs for #ColorofSurveillance on November 7.

My co-organizer @gabriellexgem and I will announce speakers on a rolling basis, but I thought I’d offer some reflections on the big picture themes of the conference.
@GeorgetownCPT @gabriellexgem 1/ I used to think that surveillance of poor & working people was a modern thing, not too central to the history of surveillance.

I’m not alone: As @gabriellexgem wrote @Slate, Congress holds hearings galore on consumer privacy... but not worker privacy.…
@GeorgetownCPT @gabriellexgem @Slate 2/ I was wrong. Take the Poor Laws of 1598 & 1601. As Steve Hindle @TheHungtington explains, they didn't just help the poor. They enforced “canons of social respectability.”

Want to track if the poor go to church? Paint a pew "For the Poore" in big red letters. See who shows.
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🚨 Artists & designers! @GeorgetownCPT is looking to hire a designer to help make the banner image for the next #ColorofSurveillance conference, to be announced late July. Details below. RT to get this to as many folks as possible!
Our last conference's design is below -- the conference focused on surveillance of American religious minorities.

To learn more about #ColorofSurveillance, read this 2016 essay:…
Finally, I wish I could do calls with everyone, but my 9-month-old is going to have opinions about my doing that. But I'm happy to elaborate over email (not DM) -- my email is in the blurb in the first tweet.
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