Exposing police surveillance (Sponsored by Media Democracy Fund)

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Ben Conarck of The Florida Times-Union; George Joseph of The Appeal; Lauren C. Williams of ThinkProgress; Jo Ellen Kaiser of The Media Consortium
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 5:00pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 6
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Jo Ellen Kaiser, The Media Consortium

Local police around the United States have been purchasing advanced surveillance equipment including “stingray” cell phone interceptors, drones, and tools for facial recognition and geolocation analysis. Find out how police use these tools legally -- and sometimes illegally. Learn how to discover what tools your local police have and when they are used.


Speaker Bios

  • Ben Conarck covers state prisons for The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. In the last two years, he has brought to light thousands of unfounded strip searches on female visitors and explained how the Department of Corrections has encouraged private companies to reap profits off prisoners and their loved ones, all while the agency takes a cut. Previously, he reported on the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. On Twitter @conarck.

  • George Joseph is a reporter at The Appeal, focusing on surveillance, police, and prosecutors. His work has appeared in outlets such as Foreign Policy, The Guardian, The Atlantic, NPR, The Intercept, CityLab, The Nation and The Verge. @georgejoseph94.

  • Jo Ellen Green Kaiser is the Executive Director of The Media Consortium. @jgksf

  • Lauren C. Williams is the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she frequently writes about the social impact of technology and the humans that build it. Before writing about Silicon Valley, police surveillance, internet culture, net neutrality, and cybersecurity, Lauren reported on health care, politics, and crime. Her work has also appeared in the Week, the Seattle Times, the Washington Post and Fox News. @lalaurenista

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