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Tech Action: New Tools for Human Rights

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Conference Statement

Bard College will host a one day workshop and symposia on the role of new technologies in human rights, followed by dinner and the band Evolution / Revolution. Sponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Science, Technology, and Society Program, the conference will feature instructional workshops on GIS, Low-Cost Environmental Testing, Video Archiving, and Bio-Diesel Conversion. Julia Bacha, Co-director and writer/editor of The Control Room and Encounter Point, will be the keynote speaker. Please note that some workshops need to be registered in advance at

For hundreds of years, but with increased fervor since the release of the PSP-1 microcomputer in 1960, theorists have written on the promise new technologies hold to empower individuals and create a new society in which oppression is no longer possible. But as with nearly all technologies, there are always those who will find darker applications. Whether it is the Great Firewall of China or the FBI's Carnivore system here in the United States, eventually governments - and now often corporations - around the world would invest massive resources into extending their control over the actions of citizenry. Technology's double-edged nature has always simultaneously offered a promise for the enhancement of rights and freedoms, along with unprecedented techniques for repression. As the rate of proliferation of new technologies increases exponentially - along with their complexity - how do we ensure that the possible positive applications of these technologies keep pace with those applications meant for control, irresponsible profit or accidental danger?


Tech Action: New Tools for Human Rights
Please Note: Space is Limited. You Can Register for All Events By Writing, or apply for individual events where necessary.

9 – 9:50 a.m. Introductory Comments with Coffee and Donuts: Kate Crockford '06 and Greg Moynahan (History Dept. / STS, Bard College). Avery Courtyard or Film and Electronic Arts Department
10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Low-Cost Environmental Sampling (Mara Ranville, BCEP, Bard College) Avery Film and Electronic Arts Department. No size limit.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Low-Cost Radio Transmitter Construction (Katie Jacoby, '05) Avery. Avery Film and Electronic Arts Department. Space limited, please register at
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. GIS Workshop (Sarah Williams, Director Spatial Information Design Lab, Columbia University.) Henderson Annex 106. Space limited. Please register at
3:50 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. Video Archiving (Dana Moser, Media and Performing Arts, MassArt) Video Archiving. Space limited, please register at>
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Lecture / Discussion with Julia Bacha, Co-Director of "The Control Room" and the forthcoming "Encounter Point," Avery Film and Electronic Arts>
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Dinner, Avery Courtyard, Please register in advance at>
9:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Biodiesal Demonstration (Jack Woodruf '07), Avery Film and Electronic Arts Building or Avery Courtyard/td>
9:30 p.m. – Band: Evolution / Revolution (Mythological "roots rock" performed by animal-human hybrid).

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