Alice Aguilar is executive director of the Progressive Technology Project. For over 30 years, Alice's life's work has focused on supporting indigenous people's rights, environmental justice, and reproductive justice issues. Alice's current work involves leading the fight against racism and sexism in technology; bringing women, queer and trans people of color into movement technology; and winning respect for the people of color already doing technology work within social justice movements.
Free Speech Zero Day: Fascists Are Abusing It, Corporations Exploit It - How Do We Take It Back?
The left has historically fought corporate and government censors to ensure radical and revolutionary ideas can be freely shared under the banner of free speech. Recently, fascists have begun using the same free speech argument to support the spread of racism, misogyny, violence, and hatred both online and in real life. This has become especially true during the heavy switch to online organizing during the COVID-19 crisis. This mixes with an increasing dependence on corporate marketed software, including web conferencing software like Zoom.
How do we fight back without compromising our own online organizing? What changes in our own meeting and conference culture need to be made? How do we avoid depending on corporate definitions of political extremism which have historically targeted trans folx, bogus political groupings such as "black separatist extremists," and other movement allies?