Our Tech Futures: A Convening on Tech Surveillance & Accountability (CLEs) (Villanova University School of Law)

As technological surveillance grows increasingly powerful and pervasive, particularly in the context of immigration enforcement, communities around the country and the world have been exploring legal tools to fight for transparency and accountability. “Our Tech Futures: A Convening on Tech Surveillance and Accountability” will showcase work and research from the “Take Back Tech” fellows from Just Futures Law and Mijente, as well as leading thinkers, researchers, organizers, activists, lawyers and technologists from around the country. The panels and plenaries will discuss ideas on the massive system of data sharing, data mining and surveillance by corporations and law enforcement. The CARES Clinic at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law is presenting three panels as part of the Convening. This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3 Substantive Distance Learning credits.


June 1 at 4pm EDT: Data, Data Brokers, and Immigration Enforcement

This panel will focus on laws related to credit reporting and how the capture of sensitive information is facilitating immigration enforcement and raising concerns about civil rights abuses. As the surveillance industry grows, immigrant communities seek to learn more about how corporations might be exploiting sensitive data and how it might be shared amongst third parties and government agencies for surveillance, raids and deportations. Further, the panel will highlight information about the increasing levels of surveillance and data collection in times of crisis.


• Kevin Herrera, Staff Attorney, Just Futures Law

• Chi Chi Wu, Staff Attorney, National Consumer Law Center

• Stephanie Brenowitz, Senior Litigation Counsel, Office of Enforcement, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

June 2 at 4pm EDT: Retaliatory Surveillance: Can the Constitution Protect Us?

This panel of experts and practitioners will discuss current surveillance strategies and tactics used by law enforcement. It will address how people accused of crimes and community activists can defend themselves from invasive technological surveillance using constitutional frameworks. As racial justice uprisings and other protests reverberate throughout the United States, this session will cover emerging legal arguments and constitutional defenses under the First and Fourth Amendments for activists and their allies who are being surveilled and targeted by police and ICE.


• Jennifer Lee Koh, Visiting Lecturer & Director, Immigration Clinic, University of Washington School of Law

• Jumana Musa, Director, NACDL Fourth Amendment Center

• Sejal Zota, Co-founder and Legal Director of Just Futures Law

• Vanessa del Valle, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

June 3 at 10am EDT: International Perspectives on Digital Identity and Migrant Surveillance

This panel will offer a window into global conversations among migrants and their allies about how digital identity initiatives and migrant surveillance are being implemented, monitored, and resisted around the world.

• Dr. Petra Molnar, Associate Director, Refugee Law Lab, Toronto and Brussels

• Grace Mutung’u, Research Fellow, Centre for IP and IT Law, Strathmore University, Nairobi

• Santiago Narváez, Research Officer at R3D: Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales, Mexico City

• Prof. Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Temple Law School, Philadelphia




Jun 01 2021


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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