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The Color of Surveillance. April, 2016
Hosted by by Georgetown Law, the conference focused on the policing and surveillance of black communities. Freddy Martinez, Director of Lucy Parsons Labs, gave a primer on Stingray devices, also known as IMSI catchers, and their role in the monitoring of the black community.

32c3. December, 2015
At Chaos Computer Club (#32C3), Jennifer Helsby, CTO of Lucy Parsons Labs, presented on the mass quantities of data being incorporated into predictive systems. While these algorithms operate in the dark their use has had many consequences, both intentional and unintentional. Her talk covered issues of fairness and accountability involved in controlling algorithms for media, policy, and policing.

DEF CON 23. August, 2015
At DEF CON 23, Jennifer Helsby presented in the Crypto and Privacy Village on the privacy implications of machine learning. At the same conference, Freddy Martinez presented on IMSI Catchers and practical counter-surveillance. View video.

THOTCON 0x5. April, 2014
At THOTCON 0x5, a Chicago-area information security conference, Freddy Martinez gave a technical overview on IMSI Catchers, their modes of operations, and an overview of his work to uncover their use in Chicago.

Community Meetings

Chi Hack Night is Chicago’s weekly event to build, share and learn about civic tech. In June of 2016, Jennifer Helsby and Freddy Martinez presented on the recent deployment of a SecureDrop system hosted by Lucy Parsons Labs. View video. The presentation was recorded and can be seen here.

The Electronic Frontier Alliance (EFA) hosted a workshop on surveillance self-defense in Chicago in March, 2016. Jennifer Helsby presented on the current state of local police surveillance. Groups from across the city participated, including Chicago GNU/Linux Users Group, Restore the Fourth-Chicago, and the National Lawyers Guild Chicago Chapter. Learn more.

In partnership with Chicago CryptoParty, Lucy Parsons Labs organizes events designed to pass on knowledge about how to protect yourself in the digital space. This can include encrypted communication, preventing being tracked while browsing the web and general security advice for computers and smartphones. In these hands-on workshops, participants are encourage to bring their devices and instal security applications.

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