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Free Radicals is a collective of citizen-scientists on a mission to include a critical social justice lens into science.

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Oh, the Places Your Data Will Go!

An innocent selfie gets uploaded to Instagram and goes on a journey that’s a bit more than she bargained for… Follow our selfie on a journey through facial recognition algorithms, the corporate and state data sharing environment, and more, oh my! All in spectacular rhyming fashion. This post is part of a series of zines that Free Radicals presented...

Tech Companies’ Complicity in State Violence Runs Deep

This piece is cross-posted by Stop LAPD Spying Coalition on Medium here. In the wake of nationwide rebellions against police violence, tech companies and their workers are claiming to be in solidarity with the Black community by “pausing” the development of surveillance technologies. Some employees of tech companies like Microsoft are even going one...

Free Rads Scientist Solidarity Drive

Western science has long benefited from & driven the oppression of Black people. Free Rads calls on scientists to support #BlackLivesMatter & the abolition of our anti-Black policing system, learn about grassroots orgs, and donate. We are matching donations up to $4100! Make a donation to one of the funds below and share the receipt at bit.ly/scientistsolidarity....

Policing Technology Will Not Solve the Pandemic

This piece is cross-posted by Stop LAPD Spying Coalition on Medium here. As COVID-19 continues to take its toll, we find ourselves desperate for ways to mitigate disaster. Using this desperation as an opportunity, various entities in the tech industry are unveiling tools and schemes to control the pandemic with high-tech solutions, making it difficult...

Critically Dismantling the Ivory Tower

At the end of April 2019 the Free Radicals East Coast chapter convened in Providence, Rhode Island to host a series of workshops, the Unlearning STEAM Symposium and meetups dedicated to learning about the role of universities in STEAMwashing. STEAMwashing is the practice of institutions (such as corporations, universities, government) gentrifying an...

The Algorithmic Ecology: An Abolitionist Tool for Organizing Against Algorithms

This piece is also posted by Stop LAPD Spying Coalition here. In an increasingly policed and surveilled world, algorithms have become critical sites of power, struggle and resistance. By telling the story of our fight against PredPol, a predictive policing technology, we are introducing an abolitionist model for analyzing algorithms: The Algorithmic...

Radical Nerd Camp: Reconstructing Science for a Liberatory Future

Science has a dirty history, but can we give it a better future? Pack your trail mix, grab your favorite bandana, and join us at Radical Nerd Camp to collectively figure out the answer (and make some friends along the way!) Radical Nerd Camp: Reconstructing Science for a Liberatory Future is a daylong learning and building intensive that Free Radicals...

Tech Anecdotes Pt. 1

This post is part of a series of zines that Free Radicals presented at Tiny Tech Zines on August 11, 2019. To see other zines in the series, click HERE. Zine-troduction From the author: “This is a little zine briefly exploring some thoughts I had about my friends’ experiences in software and the clash between their beliefs and the cultures that surround...

Equity, Exclusion, and Everyday Science Learning – Zine Edition!

This post is part of a series of zines that Free Radicals presented at Tiny Tech Zines on August 11, 2019. To see other zines in the series, click HERE. Zine-troduction Why don’t members of marginalized communities participate more in everyday science learning? The potential answers to this question might seem simple – maybe they don’t have financial...

Practicing the Future: Journeys Through Science Fiction and Justice

This post is part of a series of zines that Free Radicals presented at Tiny Tech Zines on August 11, 2019. To see other zines in the series, click HERE. Zine-troduction How do we sustain hope in the face of seemingly intractable problems without glossing over them? How do we move beyond criticism to imagine alternatives to oppressive systems? Where...

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