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What do we mean when we say 'content moderation'? Digital Censorship, Surveillance, and Creative Workers
Hart House
Toronto, ON
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What do we mean when we say 'content moderation'? Digital Censorship, Surveillance, and Creative Workers
An interdisciplinary symposium on freedom of expression in the age of digital censorship and surveillance

Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 2019
Day One: Saturday, May 25, 2019, 10am-5pm
Day Two: Sunday, May 26, 2019, 12pm-3pm

Registration is required for both days.
Please note: Dietary restriction accommodations cannot be guaranteed past May 16. Early ticket registration is highly encouraged.

We are able to offer a limited number of free admissions for those who would not be able to attend the symposium otherwise. We are also looking for a few volunteers to help out at the event in return for complimentary admission. For more information please contact pegah.vaezi@mail.utoronto.ca.

Please select May 25 and/or May 26 in the ticket options above.

Additional information and full schedule at contentmoderation.art

Click here to donate to the crowdfunding campaign!

The Symposium
This symposium addresses urgent concerns regarding the control of digital space within and beyond the art and creative communities in Canadian and international contexts. It explores how artists and creators can contribute to a more ethical web.

Some of the key topics of the symposium include:
-examples of activism against censorship and surveillance in the arts in the Canadian and international context
-examples of the current artist- and tech-involved initiatives of taking back the web
-and potential empowering alternatives in the digital sphere

The symposium will explore three approaches as examples of artist- and tech-involved activism against two main and interconnected systems of oppression: artists as developers/co-developers of Web Infrastructure; artistic "gestures" as activism against online censorship and surveillance; and storytelling- changing narratives through technology and science fiction.

Featured Speakers and Co-facilitators
Jillian C. York [Berlin] (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Skawennati [Montreal] (Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace)
Mathias Jud [Berlin] (Can you hear me?)
Sarah Friend [Toronto/Berlin] (Our Networks)
Jonathan Penney [Halifax] (Citizen Lab, Dalhousie U)
Garry Ing [Toronto] (OCAD U, Our Networks)
Dante Sanchez [Toronto] (Toronto Mesh)
Connor Turland [Toronto] (Holochain)
Dawn Walker [Toronto] (U of T)

This event is curated and organized by Pegah Vaezi as part of the requirements for the MVS degree in Curatorial Studies at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto.

Image credits (top to bottom):
1. Skawennati, Becoming Skywoman, machinimagraph from She Falls for Ages, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.
2. Sarah Friend, ClickMine, 2017.
3. Garry Ing, Network from Memory, 2018.
4. Mathias Jud and Christoph Wachter, Can You Hear Me?, 2014. Courtesy Wachter & Jud.


Hart House (View)
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, ON M5S 3H3


Arts > Visual
Education > Workshops
Other > Technology

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Art Museum at the University of Toronto
On BPT Since: Apr 10, 2019
Art Museum at the University of Toronto

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