New Series: Digital Issues Awareness for Friends

As part of our ongoing Interest Group Series, LEYM is offering a new series of workshops focusing on digital and online practices of possible concern for Friends.

The three Saturday afternoon (2:00-3:30pm) workshops will be held January 14, February 11, and March 4th. See descriptions below. Presented by LEYM’s Digital Communications Facilitator, the sessions will draw heavily on the work of some smart and engaged online groups keeping their fingers on the pulse of our modern web.


Mis/Disinformation Awareness for Friends of the Truth

What happens when we increasingly rely on social media and the web for nearly all our information? What information do we see, and what do we miss? How do we know if a picture or a tweet is genuine or truthful? This session explores what misinformation and disinformation is, why it’s shared and how it spreads. Find out how we Friends take part through our many clicks, likes and shares.

Presenter: LEYM Digital Communications Facilitator Bill Warters
Saturday January 14, 2023 2:00-3:30 pm
Check out the slides and recording from this session on the Interest Group page.

UnFriendly Persuasion: Digital Dark Patterns Awareness

At their essence Dark Patterns are features of interface design crafted to trick users into doing things they didn’t mean to, ultimately benefiting the business or website owner in question by pushing their priorities over the users’ intent. This workshop seeks to raise awareness of some common design tricks and help Friends stay on course as they navigate the modern web.

Presenter: LEYM Digital Communications Facilitator Bill Warters
Saturday February 11, 2023 2:00-3:30 pm
Zoom Access Link Meeting ID: 826 7274 6215 Passcode: leympje

Data Brokers and Modern Surveillance: Dangers for Marginalized People

Our online practices leave trails of data that companies rely on to make a profit. After reviewing some of the many kinds of data being collected, we’ll turn to an exploration of some of the ways data is being used to the detriment of marginalized groups. For instance, mass incarceration and criminalization have gone high-tech with facial recognition, license plate readers, and electronic monitoring systems all becoming more common. Local and federal police as well as immigration control increasingly have access to vast commercial databases to track and trace people, often while circumventing individual civil rights. Based on these concerns, citizen groups in many cities are now pushing for laws governing the surveillance technology used by their local police departments. Join Friends at this workshop to learn more.

Presenter: LEYM Digital Communications Facilitator Bill Warters
Saturday March 4, 2023 2:00-3:30 pm
Zoom Access Link Meeting ID: 826 7274 6215 Passcode: leympje

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