In less than two decades of existence, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has developed a sophisticated network of digital surveillance practices that relies heavily on partners in private industry and local government. On Tuesday, November 9, Tracking ICE Surveillance brings together two advocates at the forefront of efforts to understand ICE’s use of surveillance technologies for a conversation about modern immigration policing practices: Jacinta Gonzalez, Senior Campaign Organizer at Mijente, and Nina Wang, a Policy Associate with the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law. The event begins at 9:00 am Pacific/12:00 pm Eastern on November 9.
Mijente, where Gonzalez has worked since 2016, has been at the forefront of understanding the web of private-public relationships that bolster ICE’s surveillance capabilities. Last month, the group released a detailed report that covered everything from border-policing infrastructure to shadowy data analysis companies. In a similar vein, Nina Wang’s work at the Center for Privacy and Technology takes a deep look at the ways mundane activities like contracting for electrical service can eventually wind up in ICE’s hands. I plan to ask Gonzalez and Wang about these aspects of their work, plus more, when we gather next week.