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


Image credit: Skawennati, Becoming Skywoman, machinimagraph from She Falls for Ages, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

Digital Censorship, Surveillance, and Creative Workers

This interdisciplinary 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. More info.

When: Sat, May 25, and Sun, May 26, 2019, 10 am–5 pm
Where: Hart House
Cost: Free / Registration required

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] (Toronto Mesh, U of T)

This event is 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.

Supported by:

  • The Art Museum at the University of Toronto
  • The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
  • Hart House
  • Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada
  • Ontario Arts Council – Conseil des arts de l’Ontario

Lead Sponsor:

  • Centre for Free Expression

Community Partners:

  • The Citizen Lan InterAccess Toronto Mesh

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