Digital Futures of Consent Track

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Exploring consent beyond our physical bodies

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Consent is voluntary, imaginative, active, enthusiastic, creative, wanted, informed, mutual, and honest. What is consent beyond our physical bodies? Companies, governments, non-profits and more are increasingly relying on algorithms and data, to shape our embodied and digital futures. What does it mean when harassment, violence, and surveillance extend beyond our physical lives and into our digital identities and relationships, or vice-versa? In the Digital Futures of Consent track, we seek to highlight examples of algorithmic accountability, accessible digital privacy and security practices and re-imagine tech infrastructure to both demystify and think critically about a digital future based in consent. Participants will leave with educational materials, tech development processes, a sense of digital self-worth, an empowered data body, and organizing practices that will lead us towards a culture of consent.

Coordinators of this track are Diana Nucera, Janice Gates, Houman Saberi, and Alice Aguilar.




Call for Participation

What is consent beyond our physical bodies? What does it mean when harassment, violence, and surveillance extend beyond our physical lives and into our digital identities and relationships, or vice-versa? How do we create a culture of digital consent that is based in mutual aid, showing the responsibility we have in protect each other and our communities as we protect ourselves?

We believe consent is voluntary, imaginative, active, enthusiastic, creative, wanted, informed, mutual, and honest. We seek a range of sessions that articulate a vision for digital futures in consent: from hands-on workshops to presentations, discussions, and strategy sessions we want to showcase processes of consent and solution that help answer these questions to make technology and the opportunities created by technology more consentful.

We are looking for 90-minute sessions that:

  • Help shape a definition of digital consent and explore consent beyond the physical body.
  • Envision a digital future of consent through play and joy.
  • Demystify our digital rights.
  • Co-design approaches towards responsible and mutually accountable use when using each other's data.
  • Explore movement strategies that work towards a digital future of consent.
  • Promote organizing around privacy.
  • Provide examples of consentful tech and of accountability within digital systems.
  • Offer creative and interactive offline approaches to building an understanding of consent and consentful tech.

If you are a community organizer, technologist, researcher, historian, policymaker, or someone with the tools to provide a framework for re-thinking and re-defining digital consent, we invite you to join us to build consentful tech, to develop resources and support networks, and to transfer intergenerational knowledge between those who have been engaged in this issue so that we can build technology that moves us towards a culture of consent.


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