videoJune 20 2018

Collective Care: Transforming Digital Security into Digital Power

Bex Hurwitz

Databite No. 111

Data & Society Fellow Bex Hurwitz describes their work as an activist and the relationship this work has to their research.

What does digital security look like for activists? Digital security is about survival, and it is also political. In this talk, Hurwitz explains how to apply strategies of activism to shift the way that people analyze the framework of digital security, and how to transform approaches to digital security into building a collective power.

Data & Society’s Fellows Talks is a three-part Databite series showcasing our 2017-2018 fellows cohort. Each talk features 2-3 fellows speaking about their work, wide-ranging interdisciplinary connections, and a few of the provocative questions that have emerged this year.

Bex Hurwitz is a 2017-18 Data & Society Fellow and co-founder of Research Action Design, a worker owned cooperative that uses community-led research, collaborative design of technology and media, and secure digital strategies to build the power of grassroots social movements. Prior to RAD, Bex was the Codesign Facilitator and Community Organizer with the MIT Center for Civic Media (2012-2014). Bex holds a B.S. in Comparative Media Studies from MIT and an M.S. in Information Management and Systems from the UC Berkeley iSchool.

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