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Surveillance Self-Defense

  • PPW HQ 1901 South 9th Street, BOK-215 Philadelphia, PA, 19148 United States (map)
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On Sunday, April 29th we're holding an informal Q&A and workshop on digital and real-life surveillance self-defense strategies for protesters. 

The Q&A will be with artist and educator Kristina Davis who experienced the effects of surveillance firsthand during her time as an activist in Oakland. We will discuss infiltration, boundaries, facial recognition, and things to consider when participating in a march or protest.

The Q&A will be immediately followed by a workshop with Penn for Privacy which is a part of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)'s Electronic Frontier Alliance. The workshop will cover encrypted communication, threat modeling, and a brief discussion of stingrays.


The use of powerful spying technology is often deployed against vulnerable groups of people, including immigrant communities, as well as racial, ethnic, and religious groups. These mass surveillance techniques are a violation of our Fourth Amendment right and discourage protestors from practicing our First Amendment right. Some examples of surveillance used against protesters are listed below.

On August 3, 2017, the FBI published an Intelligent Assessment titled " Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers". "The FBI defines black identity extremists as individuals who seek, wholly or in part, through unlawful acts of force or violence, in response to perceived racism and injustice in American society..." *

Between 2014 and 2016 "The Boston Police Department used a social media surveillance system to keep tabs on black and Muslim protesters — gathering thousands of posts about political and social activism, religious issues, and other personal matters “irrelevant to law enforcement concerns,” according to a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union." **

In 2017, The Detroit News reported that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have used cell site simulators (CSS) to locate and arrest undocumented immigrants. ***



Kristina Davis has worked with her hands since childhood and has applied her body in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: pro domme-work, college, riding freight, squatting, mothering, politics, and art. Through language, text, and materiality, she dances with sex-work, feminism, modernism, activism, and counterculture. She brings the essence of punk to fine art without allowing it to be watered down by appropriation. Kristina Davis refuses to be marginalized. |

Penn for Privacy encourages awareness and activism in the realm of electronic privacy. | @PennforPrivacy

Earlier Event: April 1
Spellling / Kohinoorgasm / BB Basura
Later Event: May 26
Break Free Fest II