About Tech for the People

About Tech for the People

Why

Tech for the People was born out of frustration with much of the mainstream media’s coverage of technology: Feature stories on the billionaires at the head of major tech companies, baseless & unverified reporting on international questions, and very little mention of how privacy and security impact your everyday working-class person.

On top of all that, many critical stories about security and privacy get little or no press – or they get totally misrepresented.

Every day, the average person in the U.S. is spied on by multiple federal agencies, their state and maybe even local government. We’re having our data packaged and sold and re-sold not just by Google and Facebook but by thousands of nameless, faceless companies that we don’t hear about until it’s too late. Our faces are recorded on cameras on every corner, and our phone track our every move.

Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple sell us devices with cameras and always-on microphones to keep in our house, but are opaque about their data security standards.

While there are plenty of tech resources out there, very few look at these issues from the perspective of the people impacted by the issues. And so Tech for the People was born.

Who?

Tech for the People is run by Chris Garaffa. I’m a technologist based in New Haven, CT, and the Technology Director at Trans Lifeline. Every Monday, I have a regular weekly segment on Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear with Brian Becker called Technology Rules: A weekly guide on how monopoly corporations and the national surveillance state are threatening cherished freedoms, civil rights and civil liberties.

You can also occasionally hear me on Sputnik’s By Any Means Necessary, The Critical Hour and on the podcast People’s Republic.

Outside of the digital realm, I’m an activist against war & racism and for revolutionary change with the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

You can reach me at chris@techforthepeople.org, @techforthepeople on Twitter or @cmg on Twitter.

How?

Tech for the People is a labor of love. It’s built on both frustration and hope. Frustration with the state of our civil liberties online and off; and hope for the future. Our movements online and in the streets, in our schools and communities can build a better future. But the only way we’ll do it is together.

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