Joseph Torres

Senior External Affairs Director
Free Press

Joseph Torres advocates to ensure that our nation’s media policies serve the public interest and builds coalitions to broaden the movement's base. He writes frequently on media and Internet issues and is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media. He is the Senior External Affairs Director at Free Press, serves on the board of the Center for Media Justice and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, and received the 2015 Everett C. Parker Award.

Presentations from Facing Race 2016

Digital Jim Crow: Hi-Tech Policing, Racism and Resistance in the 21st Century

In the 19th century, Jim Crow laws enforced racial segregation at the state and local level. By the 20th century these laws were replaced with discriminatory drug and crime policies that created a new, racially biased system of mass incarceration. From the increasing use of fusion centers to police technologies and predictive policing practices, the Internet and related digital technologies facilitate the speed, scale, and secrecy of policing -- and exacerbate racial bias. Across the country, communities of color are fighting back. Learn about the ways high-tech policing threatens racial justice, hear stories of resistance, and learn how you can protect your city from racial bias in high-tech policing.

Speakers: Malkia Cyril, Hamid Khan, Joseph Torres