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Wednesday, May 16 • 10:30 - 11:45
Effective 21st Century Organizing: Learning From the Past, Building the Future

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This session brings together a panel of journalists, dissidents, and activists to reflect on their experiences coordinating effective collective action outside the increasingly outdated norms of traditional organizational models. Some panelists have helped to organize whistleblower connection networks, while others are currently engaged in creating platforms that assist collaborative organizing. By describing major successes and challenges they have experienced through their activism, the panelists will paint a picture of the future of organizing that utilizes lessons learned while simultaneously leveraging modern tactics and technologies. The panel aims to utilize this exchange of experiences in order to articulate new directions for 21st century activism.

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Bailey Lamon

Vice-Chairwoman, Pirate Parties International
Bailey Lamon is a Canadian activist, social worker and occasional writer. She has been involved in a number of social movements since 2011 including Occupy, Idle No More, pipeline resistance, anti-fascist actions throughout Ontario and the fight against Canada's pro-surveillance "anti-terrorism... Read More →

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Barrett Brown

Founder, Pursuance Project
Barrett Brown is a writer and anarchist activist. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, the Guardian, The Intercept, Huffington Post, New York Press, Skeptic, The Daily Beast, al-Jazeera, and dozens of other outlets. In 2009 he founded Project PM, a distributed think-tank, which was... Read More →
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Naomi Colvin

Director, Courage Foundation
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Thomas Drake

former National Security Agency senior executive, whistleblower
Thomas Drake is a former senior executive at the National Security Agency, where he blew the whistle on massive multibillion-dollar fraud, waste and abuse; the widespread violations of the rights of citizens through secret mass surveillance programs after 9/11; and also 9/11 intelligence... Read More →
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Birgitta Jonsdottir

Birgitta Jónsdóttir is a Poetician and a former parliamentarian for the Civic Movement & Pirate Party in the Icelandic Parliament & chairman for IMMI (International Modern Media Institute). Birgitta has helped create two political movements since 2009, the Civic Movement and the Pirate Party 2013, both parties have successfully entered the Icelandic Parliament. She specializes is 21st century lawmaking with focus on direct... Read More →
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Jesselyn Radack

Director, Espose Facts/WHISPeR
Jesselyn Radack heads the Whistleblower and Source Protection Program (WHISPeR) at ExposeFacts. As National Security & Human Rights Director of WHISPeR, her work focuses on the issues of secrecy, surveillance, torture and drones, where she has been at the forefront of challenging... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:30 - 11:45 EDT