How do the worlds of academic research, product development and activism intersect? Citizen journalists are using their phones to record history as it unfolds, as well as platforms like YouTube to bring attention to what is happening in their backyard. Academics create and use archives to conduct research about protests, increasingly relying on social media content as a major source of data. High tech professionals develop apps that respond to people’s needs and that are commercially viable. In this lecture Natalie Cadranel and Consuelo Amat will discuss the tensions between these three actors and examples of productive ways to collaborate. We seek to support activists who would like to record and share sensitive information with the world, to build tools that preserve this information for posterity while protecting the creator, and to find ways to make academic research more viable and ethical.
This talk is presented as a part of the Comm230X +1 Speaker Series, and is open to both Stanford students and the general public.
Consuelo Amat is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford's Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) and a Senior Research Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). She studies state repression, armed and unarmed resistance, and the development of civil society in authoritarian regimes, mainly in Latin America. Her current book project, The Emergence and Consolidation of Opposition to Authoritarian Rule, examines how opposition to autocratic regimes develops in the face of different patterns of state repression. Consuelo uses mixed methods and a variety of data sources—including statistical analysis of original datasets, field experiments, qualitative interviews, and archival materials—to study these questions.
Natalie Cadranel is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Digital Civil Society Lab. Natalie is an archivist and ethnographer working at the nexus of human rights, design, and technology. She is the Founder and Director of OpenArchive, a free, open-source tool that offers at-risk groups more agency over their sensitive mobile media. Additionally, she is a consulting archivist for the Investigations Lab at UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center and DocNow and has worked extensively in the non-profit sector with a focus on preserving at-risk media, worldwide.