Maurice Mitchell (Blackbird) on hacking black democracy:
Maurice will talk about black communities as democratic dead zones in which segregation concentrates harm in communities and disappears social problems from dominant populations. Technology can play a role in hacking black democracy, especially with respect to supporting protest and direct action. Social media for example provides unedited access to the lived experiences of black people, creates conditions for black communities to show solidarity and organize, and inspire people outside these communities to rethink fundamental beliefs and shift opinions. Power tools cut both ways, however, and technology also serves as a means to shut down protest and organizing.