The Government Records Transparency and Accountability Group is excited to host a webinar entitled Building Towards a Just Harbor: Endangered Data, State Violence, & Endangered Lives for Endangered Data Week (February 25—March 1). This webinar will feature a panel of speakers that will present on projects that use or critique governmental data, highlighting in particular the ways in which these types of data may be used to investigate or draw attention to state violence.

Friday, March 1 from 2:00-4:00 PM EST

Join the webinar online or via telephone:

+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 893 477 873

The webinar will feature the following presentations:

Manan Ahmed | Mobilized Humanities and Crisis: Torn Apart/Separados

Associate Professor, Department of History, Columbia University & Torn Apart / Separados

What are scholarly best-practices to create an agile, responsive community? How does one make sure the standards of transparent data, minimal computing, privacy are maintained? Ahmed will reflect from his experiences, as part of the Group for Experimental Methods, on the ways in which scholars can collaborate in response to political or natural crisis in an engaged and ethical way. The praxis for dealing with endangered archives needs even more acute clarity in the case of an immediate crisis.

Gabriel Solis | Documenting State Violence: (Symbolic) Annihilation & Archives of Survival

Executive Director, Texas After Violence Project

The personal stories and experiences of victims and survivors of state violence are critical counter-narratives to dominant discourses on violence, criminality, and the purported efficacy of retributive law enforcement and criminal justice policies and practices. They compel us to engage with complex questions about victimhood, disposability, and accountability; they also confront and challenge the social, cultural, and ideological power of symbolic annihilation. Because these counter-narratives are under constant threat of being suppressed, co-opted, or silenced, they are forms of endangered knowledge that must be protected and preserved.

Stacy Wood | Historical police data practices and current data priorities

Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh

US law enforcement agencies have, for over a century, produced and published a great deal of data about crime, but gathering data on the behaviors and actions of both individual officers and agencies as a whole remains difficult and ad-hoc. This presentation seeks to place current efforts at gathering and using data about police against the historical backdrop of police data practices. What can the ways in which police think about and collect information tell us?

There will be a Q&A and discussion following the presentations.

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Brandon T. Locke
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