The Digital Justice Lab workshop is the final component of a series of programming at HABIBIZ, a group exhibit presented by Way Past Kennedy Road.
This workshop takes up holistic digital security and what it means to find practices to protect yourself in a digital environment. Nasma Ahmed, Director and Founder of Digital Justice Lab, will lead discussions focused on how we (BIPOCs) relate to our bodies (virtual bodies) and how we navigate hyper-surveillance and counteract components of that through digital practices.
Artist, Educator, and Healer Kayla Carter will assist participants in developing their own personalized toolkits for navigating hyper-surveillance and systems that leave BIPOCs feeling on guard and hardened. Carter will end the workshop with affirming exercises, reminding participants of their agency and affirming that "you're not paranoid, it's just colonialism."
Pens, paper, markers and fidget-based items for people to play around with during the workshop will be available at the event.
BIPOC voices will be prioritized; tokens will be available by request.
ABOUT DIGITAL JUSTICE LAB
The Digital Justice Lab’s (DJL) mission is to focus on building a more just and equitable future. DJL engages with diverse communities to build alternative digital futures, here in the nation we know as Canada. DJL works alongside technologists, community activists, and policymakers to shape a better understanding of technology and its impact on communities across the country. Through capacity building, public engagement and continuous collaboration to support communities in making informed decisions around digital issues.
ABOUT NASMA AHMED
Nasma Ahmed is a black muslimah working within the intersections of social justice, technology and policy. She is a technologist and capacity builder based in Toronto. Currently she is the Director of the Digital Justice Lab, an initiative focused on building a more just and equitable digital future. In the past Nasma was an Open Web Fellow with Ford and Mozilla Foundation, she worked with Mpower Change. Nasma consults and works with organizations based in North America focusing on various digital issues from digital security to digital literacy. She is passionate about building accessible and inclusive technology for diverse communities.
ABOUT KAYLA CARTER
Kayla Carter is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and healer. She is a Toronto-based black, disabled, femme survivor who is of Jamaican, Cuban, and Maroon ancestry and believes that her existence is not accidental, but very deliberate.Her work focuses on ancestral and intergenerational trauma, shame, healing, queerness, race, gender, disability justice and what it means to be unabashedly human. As a healer, Kayla’s work focuses on mental health, self-care, self-love ancestral and intergenerational trauma, sustainable forms of healing, and radical reproductive justice/healing.
ABOUT WAY PAST KENNEDY ROAD
Way Past Kennedy Road is a collective of multidisciplinary emerging artists based in Scarborough and other rejected but resilient corners of the GTA. We build spaces for ourselves both online and offline, and use art as a means of resisting the borders, boundaries, and (un)belongings that define each of our lives and our work in distinct ways.