Community-Based Digital Archives Workshops for Activists

Documenting the Now is accepting applications from social justice activist organizations that would like to benefit from a free community-based digital archives workshop in their city. The workshops will focus on helping activists to develop the skills and to use available tools to collect, preserve, and share their web, social media and other types of digital content in their own digital archive. Our hope is that activist communities, in creating their own archives, will be able to better document their activities, assert a greater level of control over their own narratives, and secure access to digital content that has been safely captured and preserved through methods that will allow that content to be authenticated at a later date for evidentiary, research, or other purposes. As part of the workshop, our trainers will also share knowledge about digital security and surveillance, as these are issues that negatively impact modern day social justice activism. During the workshops, participants will:

  • Build a community-based digital archive for their organization.
  • Gain a better understanding about data collection, digital security, and surveillance issues around web and social media content.
  • Gain new knowledge about digital content generated on mobile devices and develop skills to safely archive that content.
  • Build relationships with local archivists and other historical documenters in your city.
  • Engage in conversations leading to deeper understanding about how digital content generated in online spaces affects our personal, social, and professional lives.

Eligibility

Eligibility for the workshops will be limited to organizations that:

  • Advocate for social justice causes affecting the lives of people of color including African Americans, Native Americans, Latinx and other marginalized people such as LGBTQIA, victims of police violence, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, immigrants, disabled people, poor people, etc.
  • Use social media, the web and other digital tools such as cell phones, livestreaming technology, etc, in their work whether for communication, advocacy, or organizing.
  • Have an interest in understanding how their social media, web, and other digital content is being collected and who is collecting it.
  • Have an interest in building their own community-based digital archive as a way to document their activism.

Visit https://www.docnow.io/workshops/call-for-applications/ for details.

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