Accessible Revolution or Carceral Technologies? Automating Ableism and Mass Criminalization



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Accessible Revolution or Carceral Technologies? Automating Ableism and Mass Criminalization

Date: February 21, 2023
Time: 2:00 PM-3:00 PM EST

Educational and family regulation systems, landlords and property management companies, and local governments are increasingly joining police, prosecutors, and courts in deploying new surveillance technologies that reinforce existing systems of mass incarceration, and are primarily used against marginalized communities. These technologies range from predictive policing tools to biometric surveillance tech, risk and threat assessment programs and automated content analysis, gunshot detection software, and more. Disabled people have always been targeted for surveillance related to health care, service delivery, and public benefits administration. But many advocates do not have a clear analysis or understanding of the risks and harms that carceral technologies pose for disabled people, especially those living at intersections of race, gender, and sexuality.

Join this panel for a discussion of CDT’s recent report on disability discrimination and surveillance technologies with a specific focus on mass criminalization.

Khari Johnson, Senior Writer on AI, Wired

Johnathan Flowers, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, California State University, Northridge
Dustin P. Gibson, Director of Access, Disability and Language Justice at PeoplesHub
J. Khadijah Abdurahman, Editor In Chief of Logic(s) Magazine at Columbia University’s INCITE Center

Login info will be sent to registered attendees in advance of the event. You can also choose to watch the livestream of the event on CDT’s YouTube page.

Questions: We will be accepting questions for speakers before and during the discussion. You can submit them via email at [email protected] or via Twitter at #cdtquestions and @CenDemTech. For those joining via computer, you will be able to share your questions by using the chat.

Accessibility: If you have access needs or questions, please contact [email protected] in advance of the event.