Mass Surveillance: Why democracy is at stake, and how you can defend it
A MARC and Penn for Privacy event with:
Director of Grassroots Advocacy of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
Shahid will discuss the history of surveillance in the U.S., including its use by FBI and other intelligence agencies to "neutralize" dissent since the Second World War. He will also explore the current state of domestic surveillance, and explain, compare and contrast reform opportunities available for public support that could dramatically transform the federal surveillance landscape.
This talk is co-sponsored by Penn for Privacy and the Media Activism Research Collective
Shahid Buttar leads EFF's grassroots and student outreach efforts. He's a constitutional lawyer focused on the intersection of community organizing and policy reform as a lever to shift legal norms, with roots in communities across the country resisting mass surveillance. From 2009 to 2015, he led the Bill of Rights Defense Committee as Executive Director. After graduating from Stanford Law School in 2003, where he grew immersed in the movement to stop the war in Iraq, Shahid worked for a decade in Washington, D.C. He first worked in private practice for a large California-based law firm, with public interest litigation projects advancing campaign finance reform, and marriage equality for same-sex couples as early as 2004, when LGBT rights remained politically marginal. From 2005 to 2008, he helped build a national progressive legal network and managed the communications team at the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy, and in 2008 and 2009 he founded the program to combat racial & religious profiling at Muslim Advocates. Outside of work, Shahid DJs and produces electronic music, writes poetry & prose, kicks rhymes, organizes guerilla poetry insurgencies, plays capoeira, speaks truth to power on Truthout, occasionally elucidates legal scholarship, and documents counter-cultural activism for the Burning Man Journal.
The event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP.