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Theorizing the Web Presents: Surveillance of Black Lives

Jul 16, 2020

In this first installment of Theorizing the Web Presents, a new series highlighting critical perspectives on timely issues at the intersection of tech and media, Museum of the Moving Image welcomes scholar and journalism instructor Allissa Richardson and scholar and AI policy advisor Mutale Nkonde, who will speak about the impact of surveillance during the movement for the liberation of Black Lives and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics explored will include facial recognition used in policing, tracing software associated with the pandemic, and how images of Black death have created a treacherous techno-mediascape that extends state matrices of power and systems of oppression faced by Black people in the United States. The discussion is led by scholar and Theorizing the Web board member Apryl Williams.


Discussions with creative figures in film, television, and digital media—formerly the Pinewood Dialogues—made possible with a generous grant from the Pannonia Foundation.