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Principles of Digital Autonomy

We have rights with respect to our technology. These rights are imperative to ensuring our digital autonomy: our right to be in control of our own destinies. As the border between the physical and the digital breaks down, it is increasingly becoming necessary to reexamine what we consider to be the rights that protect our digital autonomy, and the way those abstract ideas apply to existing (and theoretical) technology.

Cyborg lawyer Karen Sandler and digital rights activist Molly de Blanc will first discuss the principles of digital autonomy, clarifying what your rights are and the principles that define them. They will then analyze popular technologies including video chat software in the context of these principles.

Karen and Molly wrote the Principles of Digital Autonomy to summarize what they have learned in their time as digital rights advocates and activists. In this session, they will share them with the audience and then look at software and hardware, including Zoom, from the lens of those principles.