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Censorship, Surveillance, and Freedom of Expression with Andy Lee Roth and Heidi Boghosian

Saturday, August 27 at 6:00 PM

$0 - $5
Online tickets not available

Saturday, August 27 at 6PM

Censorship, Surveillance, and Freedom of Expression with Andy Lee Roth and Heidi Boghosian

2113 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10032, USA

$0 - $5
Online tickets not available
What are the greatest threats to freedom of expression in the United States today? Join us for an event on censorship, surveillance, and freedom of expression with Heidi Boghosian, author of “I Have Nothing to Hide” and Andy Lee Roth, co-editor of Project Censored’s “State of the Free Press 2022”. Heidi Boghosian and Andy Lee Roth will lead a discussion of how censorship and surveillance undermine freedom of expression—and what we can do to counter these threats. Drawing on their most recent books, Boghosian, a data privacy expert, and Roth, a sociologist who studies news, critically examine a handful of basic ways that censorship and surveillance intertwine to limit public debate, fuel intolerance, and amplify pressures to conform. This event will be moderated by Veronica Santiago Liu, founder of Word Up Community Bookshop / Librería Comunitaria.

Boghosian and Roth’s key message is that none of these depressing, counter-democratic outcomes is inevitable. Instead, by organizing together, first to inform themselves and then to act, communities can effectively resist censorship and surveillance, and become champions of fearless speech in these fateful times.
Preorder State of the Free Press 2023 and The Media and Me: A Guide to Critical Media Literacy for Young People that are forthcoming in fall 2022.

This event is a $5 suggested donation ticket with 30 max attendees. Please register in advance.

In compliance with Word Up Community Safety guidelines, all attendees for this event must show proof of vaccination and must remain masked at all times. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the event so we can check vaccination cards and ID.

Word Up Community Bookshop is located at 2113 Amsterdam Ave. (& 165th St.) in Washington Heights, NYC. You can take the 1 train to 168th St and the A/C train to 163rd or 168th St.

I HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE An accessible guide that breaks down the complex issues around mass surveillance and data privacy and explores the negative consequences it can have on individual citizens and their communities. Attorney and data privacy expert Heidi Boghosian unpacks widespread myths around the seemingly innocuous nature of surveillance, sets the record straight about what government agencies and corporations do with our personal data, and offers solutions to take back our information. “I Have Nothing to Hide” addresses the misconceptions around tradeoffs between privacy and security, citizen spying, and the ability to design products with privacy protections.

PROJECT CENSORED’S STATE OF THE FREE PRESS 2022 At a time when disinformation, consolidation of corporate media, and division along party lines are at an all-time high in the United States, Project Censored's mission to uncover the most important but underreported stories of the previous year is more important than ever. State of the Free Press 2022 continues Project Censored's long tradition of publicizing the most important stories ignored or obscured by the mainstream news establishment, exposing the lies and spin of corporate Junk Food News (frivolous stories that distract the public from actual news) and News Abuse (important stories covered in ways that undermine public understanding) while promoting the best independent journalism, research, and activism.

Heidi Boghosian is a New York city-based attorney. She cohosts Law and Disorder Radio, and
is executive director of the A.J. Muste Institute, supporting activist organizations. She previously served as executive director of the National Lawyers Guild. Her books include Spying on Democracy, published weeks after Edward Snowden’s revelations of NSA mass surveillance, and “I Have Nothing to Hide” and 20 Other Myths About Privacy and Surveillance (2021). She writes amicus (“friend of the court”) briefs in cases of government overreaching. She also serves on the board of the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, which preserves the history of East Village community gardens and squats.

Andy Lee Roth is the associate director of Project Censored and co-editor of 13 editions of the Project’s yearbook. He coordinates the Project’s Campus Affiliates Program, a news media research network of several hundred students and faculty at two dozen colleges and universities across North America. His research and writing have been published in a variety of outlets, including Index on Censorship, In These Times, YES! Magazine, Truthout, Media, Culture & Society, and the International Journal of Press/Politics. He holds a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in sociology and anthropology from Haverford College. He lives in Winthrop, Washington with his sweetheart and their extraordinary, 19-year-old cat, Eddie.

- All children and adults ages 5 and older are required to have proof of vaccination for indoor events hosted by Word Up Community Bookshop. They must show proof they have received two vaccine doses, except for those who have received the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
- People 18 and older are also required to show identification along with their proof of vaccination.
- All attendees ages 2 and older must wear a mask at all times when indoors at the store and during events at Word Up and Recirculation.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Word Up Community Bookshop reserves the right to cancel events for any reason, including but not limited to safety concerns.
CODE OF CONDUCT: Please note Word Up has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during any event, virtual or in-person. Please read our Safe Space Policy for more information. Anyone violating these rules will be expelled from the event at the discretion of the organizers. Please report all harassment to immediately.
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PHYSICAL ACCESSIBILITY: Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria is a fully wheelchair-accessible space with one ADA-compliant ramp from the street level to the store. Some of our bookcases and tables are on wheels and can be moved to provide additional access. Our visitor bathroom is wheelchair accessible and gender neutral. Our events are mic'd for sound. Free ASL interpretation is available for most programs upon request; please email to request interpretation as early as possible. The space is not scent or chemical free but we do our best to minimize the use of chemicals and scents throughout the space and use nontoxic materials whenever possible. If you have specific questions about the space or how an event can be made more accessible to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at
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