Privacy Praxis

Law, Technology, Power, & Ethics

"The Bridge: How Does Your Scholarship/Work Live In This World?"

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

9:00 AM CT / 10:00 AM ET

Privacy Praxis is an annual conference bringing together scholars, practitioners, representatives, and advocates from a variety of disciplines to discuss and develop privacy work rooted in the experience of the communities most impacted and the least consulted. 

We envision this work to be built on multinational synergies based on shared experiences, patterns, and practices that have inspired (and in some cases halted) innovation. 

Mission Statement

Our conference is informed by our study of praxis and what we call the omni-modern perspective. The omni-modern perspective asserts that it is the communities who experience the impact (usually the kind that reinforces subordination and subjugation) that are at the forefront of creating authentic and sustainable solutions and new approaches to respond to, limit, and/or neutralize direct or collateral damage. 

We do not always succeed but we believe that we can do more together.

This all-modern approach recognizes that regardless of the period, marginalized communities are always ahead of what is considered “modern” given a specific time or space, as a matter of survival and flourishing. This conference seeks to leverage omni-modernity towards the end of enhancing and amplifying life affirming work beyond the confines of mere ‘survival’ through collaboration and network-world building.

Designed By

Najarian R. Peters

Associate Professor of Law, 

University of Kansas Law School 

Faculty Associate, 

Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University


When: Thursday, February 25th, 2021 

9:00 AM – 2:30 PM CT

(10:00 AM – 3:30 PM ET)

Where: Virtual event on Zoom. Link will be provided upon registration.

Panel One:
Epistemological Frameworks


Matt Mitchell 

Ford Foundation Tech Fellow

Dr. Britt S. Paris

Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, 

Rutgers University

Simulacra at Scale: Digitized Bodies in Multi-Agent Systems

Dr. Rachel Kuo

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 

Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Digital Differential Vulnerability: On Power and Technology Ethics

Cynthia Conti-Cook

Civil Rights Attorney and Researcher

Smoke and Shields: the Illusion of Police Privacy Behind Fights for State Secrecy


Introduction by: 

Shaakirrah Sanders 

Professor of Law, The University of Idaho College of Law

Anita Allen

Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy,

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Panel Two:
Velocity, Doing, and World Building


Chris Gilliard 

Professor of English, Macomb Community College

LaJuné McMillian

New Media Artist

Black Movement Library

Brandeis Marshall

Chief Executive Officer,


Promoting While Protecting Black Women in Data

Yuan Stevens

Law, Ethics, and Technology Researcher

Seizing the Means of Protection: Sociotechnical Security for Survivability and Resistance

Closing Remarks: 

Gautam Hans 

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School

View and download a detailed agenda PDF:

Code of Conduct

Privacy Praxis is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any part of the conference or other conference-connected media. Privacy Praxis participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers. 


Privacy Praxis follows the Chatham House Rule.

Read the full Privacy Praxis Code of Conduct:

Our Supporters

Sponsored By:

The University of Kansas School of Law

School of Law

In Collaboration With:

Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

Data & Society


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