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Thursday, March 30 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Session 8: Narratives & Biases: PDA & Social Justice

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This panel will examine the narratives and biases that have impacted PDA in the past, and approaches that some are taking to push the needle towards social justice, including citizen documentation.

Citizen documentation is increasingly becoming inextricable from the work of many activist and social justice communities. This documentation can act as counter-evidence, a way of speaking back to the means and methods of evidence gathering by the state. Over the past few years, citizen documentation of fatal encounters with police have served as a catalyst for many overlapping communities, exposing the urgency of confronting police violence, the techno-utopian allure of surveillance technologies and the speed with which technologies of dissemination can disperse, disconnect and re-contextualize.

Building tools for collecting, authenticating, organizing, storing and accessing myriad forms and formats of documentation within proposes both challenges and opportunities and with instances of police violence we must confront the ways in which calls for authentication might force us to operate within the juridical framework of evidentiary value or whether we need to redefine evidentiary value in community terms. Recordings made with a smart phone are certainly personal digital records, but they immediately become embroiled in a network of legal and technological issues through the use of corporately owned infrastructures and through evidence law to name a few.

Andrea Pritchett, co-founder of Berkeley Copwatch, Robin Margolis, UCLA MLIS in Media Archives, and Ina Kelleher, PhD student in Comparative Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, will present a proposed design for a digital archive aggregating different sources of documentation toward the goal of tracking individual officers. Copwatch chapters operate from a framework of citizen documentation of the police as a practice of community-driven accountability and de-escalation.  

Stacy Wood, PhD candidate in Information Studies at UCLA, will discuss the ways in which personal records and citizen documentation are embedded within techno-socio-political infrastructural arrangements and how we can reframe these technologies as mechanisms and narratives of resistance.

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Kim Christen

Associate Professor and Director of the Digital Technology and Culture Program, Washington State University
Kim Christen is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, the Director of the Digital Technology and Culture Program, Director of Digital Projects at the Plateau Center, Native American Programs, and co-Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation at Washington State University. Her work explores the intersections of cultural heritage, archival access, traditional knowledge, intellectual property rights, the ethics of openness, and the use of digital technologies in and by indigenous communities globally. Dr. Christen received... Read More →


Ina Kelleher

Ina Kelleher is a doctoral student in the department of Comparative Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies. Her dissertation project analyses how grief and mourning are experienced and performed, both publically and privately, by mothers who... Read More →
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Robin Margolis

MLIS Media Archival Studies, UCLA Information Studies Department
Robin Margolis is a current MLIS student specializing in Media Archival Studies at the UCLA Department of Information Studies. He approaches archives from a foundation as a teaching artist, community organizer, and filmmaker, aiming to serve social movements both emergent and ongoing... Read More →

Andrea Prichett

Founder, Berkeley Copwatch
Andrea Pritchett is a founding member of Berkeley Copwatch and has been active in the group since it's start in 1990. Berkeley Copwatch works with community volunteers to counteract increased harassment of homeless people, young people of color and activists by police, sharing its... Read More →

Stacy Wood

PhD Candidate in Information Studies, UCLA
Stacy Wood is a PhD candidate in Information Studies at UCLA. Her dissertation, Making Secret(s) examines the infrastructure supporting classified information in the United States. She is a critical scholar of archives and information policy focusing on the legal and cultural lives... Read More →

Thursday March 30, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
Bishop Auditorium Lathrop Library, Stanford University 518 Memorial Way Stanford, CA 94305