Upcoming Events

May 25 2019 Symposium /

What do we mean when we say ‘content moderation’?

Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26

Hart House
7 Hart House Cir
University of Toronto

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What do we mean when we say ‘content moderation’?

Digital Censorship, Surveillance and Creative Workers

This symposium addresses urgent concerns regarding 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 the Web’s 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?)
Jonathan Penney [Halifax] (Citizen Lab, Dalhousie U)
Sarah Friend [Toronto/Berlin] (Our Networks)
Garry Ing [Toronto] (Our Networks, OCAD U)
Dante Sanchez [Toronto] (Toronto Mesh)
Connor Turland [Toronto] (Holochain)
Dawn Walker [Toronto] (University of Toronto)

Curated and organized by Pegah Vaezi in conjunction with her Master of Visual Studies degree in Curatorial Studies thesis at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto.