Databite No. 123: Veronica Avila, Cynthia Conti-Cook, Jasmine McNealy

Fellows Talks

06.19.19 - 4:00 pm

Data & Society
New York, NY

Data & Society's Databites speaker series is geared toward engaging our network and the broader public on unresolved questions and timely topics of interest to the D&S community. Questions? Contact [email protected]

Join Data & Society this June for Fellows Talks, a three-part Databite series showcasing our 2018-2019 fellows cohort. Each Wednesday will feature 2-3 fellows speaking about their work, wide-ranging interdisciplinary connections, and a few of the provocative questions that have emerged this year. Our third talk in the series features:

Veronica Avila’s A Recipe for Better Restaurant Industry Workforce Conditions

Cynthia Conti-Cook’s Exposing Police Misconduct Data in the Era of Digital Privacy Concerns

Jasmine McNealy’s Cryptoparty as Rent Party

Former Data & Society Fellow Rebecca Wexler moderates the post-talk discussion.

3:30pm Doors open.
4-5pm Public talks + Q&A.
5-7pm Reception: snacks and sips provided.

RSVP is required to attend. Watch the live stream here. Video and transcription will be available after the event.

About the Speakers

Veronica Avila is a labor rights organizer and researcher. She is currently the Strategic Research Associate with the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC), a restaurant workers’ center committed to improving wages and working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce. Prior to her work in research she was a labor rights organizer, organizing with several service worker unions and the Chicago chapter of ROC. Veronica holds an MSc in Inequalities and Social Science from the London School of Economics.

Cynthia Conti-Cook is a staff attorney at the New York City’s Legal Aid Society, Special Litigation Unit, where she oversees the Cop Accountability Project and Database, leads impact litigation and law reform projects on issues involving policing, data collection, risk assessment instruments and the criminal justice system generally as well as supporting staff in the trial offices on their cases. She has presented as a panelist and trainer at many national, state and city venues on topics of police misconduct, technology in the criminal justice system and risk assessment instruments.

Jasmine E. McNealy is an assistant professor of telecommunication at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. She studies information, communication, and technology with a view toward influencing law and policy. Her research focuses on privacy, online media, communities, and culture.

Catch the rest of speakers in the series:

Wed 6/5 | DB121: Chancey Fleet, Mutale Nkonde

Wed 6/12 | DB122: Jessie Daniels, Stephanie Dinkins


Data & Society’s “Databites” speaker series presents timely conversations about the purpose and power of technology, bridging our interdisciplinary research with broader public conversations about the societal implications of data and automation.

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