In the latest digital HKS Brown Bag, journalist-turned-activist Nikhil Pahwa talks about Net Neutrality in India, and the ongoing battle to save the free internet. Read about his beginnings as a blogger, and his role in creating the grassroots campaign that continues to fight for net neutrality.
When net neutrality began to be threatened in 2014, Pahwa knew what had to be done to save the internet. By creating a grassroots campaign, Pahwa and his colleagues kept people informed on the risks of net neutrality, as well as gave them a platform to make their voices heard (for full recap post).
How can we design social products that are simple to use but still explain complex privacy rules? Design should surface critical information about how much of a user’s data is visible to the public in a timely way (source).
Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor; Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age; and co-editor, with Alethia Jones, of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith. Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in The American Prospect, The Nation, Harper’s and Wired. For two decades, Eubanks has worked in community technology and economic justice movements. Today, she is a founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project and a Fellow at New America. She lives in Troy, NY.