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Digital Self-Defense and Empowerment Workshops, Pt. III

Digital Self-Defense with Equality Labs

Cover Image:

A handemade computer by Taeyoon Choi, 2015

Equality Labs, a South Asian women’s, gender non-conforming, and trans tech collective will present a security self-defense training for your digital movement. In this two-hour workshop, learn more about the surveillance state and how you can be part of a collective self-defense movement to secure our phones, computers, network access, identities, and communication.

Tickets to this session are free with registration, and limited to thirty participants. Please pre-register here.

In conjunction with “Paul Ramírez Jonas: Half-Truths,” this afternoon of workshops extends the exhibition’s inquiry into the complexities of determining identity and truth to the online sphere. Addressing increasing vulnerability and participation in surveillance, artists and activists will offer tools to learn about how data is mined and fed back to us, as well as strategies for self-protection, particularly for members of vulnerable communities. Workshops will support the demystification of hidden processes through both tactile, hands-on experiences and analytic software. Workshops are presented in collaboration with Equality Labs and NEW INC residents DATA X and Taeyoon Choi.

“Digital Self-Defense and Empowerment Workshops” are organized on the occasion of the exhibition and residency “Paul Ramírez Jonas: Half-Truths,” part of the Department of Education and Public Engagement’s annual Summer R&D Season: SOCIAL JUSTICE.

Equality Labs is a human rights start-up working at the intersection of story, art, and security. They support movements dealing with intractable systems of oppression through a collaborative model that connects multiple disciplines and platforms to maximize potential for change and engender workable, community-driven solutions to the most pressing challenges we face. They are also the first South Asian women’s, gender non-conforming, and trans technology collective whose leadership represents South Asian cultural and religious minority communities, including Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims, Buddhists, and Christians.


“Paul Ramírez Jonas: Half-Truths” is made possible through support provided by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.

Artist commissions at the New Museum are generously supported by the Neeson / Edlis Artist Commissions Fund.

Artist residencies are made possible, in part, by Laurie Wolfert.

Additional support is provided by the Toby Devan Lewis Emerging Artists Exhibitions Fund.

We gratefully acknowledge the New Museum Council for Artists’
Research and Residencies: Alexandra Bowes, Gregory R. Miller and Michael Wiener,
and Laurie Wolfert, Co-Chairs; Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons,
Emily Bingham and Stephen Reily, Terry Gamble Boyer and Peter Boyer,
Isolde Brielmaier, Jenny Choo, Lonti Ebers and Bruce Flatt, Julia Gruen, Ruben Levi,
and the Mimi Saltzman Foundation.​

Further exhibition support is provided, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

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