I've got a couple of hometown appearances coming up, including a rare west-side event: on Sunday, April 7 at 4PM, I'll be at Burbank's Dark Delicacies for a final signing in their old store before they occupy their new digs around the corner, and then I'm taking off my writer hat and putting on my activist hat to do two more events in the area.
On Thursday, April 11, I'm helping the San Diego Public Library celebrate its 40th anniversary with a keynote speech from 7-9PM at the Central Library's Neil Morgan Auditorium (330 Park Blvd., San Diego 92101): my theme will be " libraries as one of the few remnants of a world where people were valued because of their humanity,
not their money, and how that works in the current moment of extreme inequality, epistemological incoherence, and fear of imminent collapse" (the event is free, but seating is limited; the Friends of the San Diego Public Library will hold you a seat if you pre-order a copy of my new book Radicalized from their bookstore).
On Friday, April 12, I'll be at UCLA from 7-930PM for a two-part event called After Disruption, alongside Britt Paris from Data & Society, Sarah T. Roberts from the Department of Information Studies, and Saba Waheed from the UCLA Labor Center. It's sponsored by README and the LA Cryptoparty and will include "A conversation on Big Tech, the future of labor, and how systems have successfully been co-opted in the past" and "A collaborative, participatory workshop led by README and LA Cryptoparty where audience and speakers join together to re-imagine how platforms function." It's also free to attend but the organizers would like you to RSVP.
I hope to see you there!
(Image: Nikola Danaylov, CC-BY-SA)
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