We’ll be talking with Hamid about this continued moment in history, the election, and all things surveillance and technology. Hamid is the co-leader of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, a broad coalition whose primary goal is to raise public awareness, participation and mobilization, to act on police spying and surveillance, and to sustain long-term intersectional movement building. He's also the founder and former Executive Director of South Asian Network and a founding member of the Los Angeles Taxi Workers Alliance. RSVP HERE.
We’ll be talking with Jonny about pop culture and the role it has in social justice movements. Jonny is the best-selling author and illustrator of everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too and the illustrator of Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda. He was a writer for the Emmy-nominated sixth season of the Netflix Original Series BoJack Horseman, and is currently writing a movie, a new book, and other things. As a doctoral candidate at MIT and a creative researcher at the Harvard metaLAB, he studies social media, virtual place, and online community. He has a master’s degree in architecture from Yale and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Toronto. RSVP HERE.
Civic Media Fellow Spotlight:
A self-described “special geek” who cut class to go the library, civic media fellow Megan Stielstra found her calling as an author and educator while poring over novels by J. R. R. Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin, Margaret Atwood and Richard Wright. 
Senior Fellow Spotlight:
Check out this animated podcast featuring NYT illustrator Ashley Lukashevsky, produced by AnnLab student media-makers Neha Komatreddy and Mahira Raihan.
Media as SocioTechnical Systems (MASTS) UPDATE:

The MASTS (Media As SocioTechnical Systems) group showcased its summer projects at two recent Annenberg Research Symposia -- covering everything from contact tracing, hookup apps, and facial recognition to pandemic language, pandemic time, and privacy rights. The group also hosted a visit from Prof Sarah Brayne (UT-Austin) talking about her ethnographic fieldwork on LAPD’s use of algorithms, her new book Predict & Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing, and considering surveillance tools in the conversation about bloated police budgets. And, looking to a reimagined future, MASTS is defining a new area of work around the theme of “changing infrastructures” -- get in touch if that phrase intrigues you!

What have you missed on How Do You Like it So Far? Well, Henry and Colin have been busy diving into fan communities, visibility and representation, and the comparison of sports to religion, among other things! Join them and guests including Janae Phillips and Shawn Taylor, Sue Ding, Set Hernandez Rongkilyo, Varun Soni, and Crystal Echo Hawk. From The Baby-Sitters Club to The Fast and the Furious, from the NBA bubble to Bob Marley, they've got pop culture covered. Plus, get ready for a spooky Halloween Horror episode on October 29... Available at or wherever you listen to podcasts.


Moriah Polk is a progressive student at USC Annenberg, receiving an undergrad degree in Communications with a minor in Theatre and a masters in Journalism. 

What do you love about working at AnnLab?
I have to say that working with the team so far has been like no other experience during this time, which is the pandemic. When we are online for meetings everyone shows so much support and love for one another. That is rare on zoom. 

Plans for when you graduate?
Coming from New Jersey, I wanted to be somewhere that I could just walk outside my door and pursue a career in entertainment.

Fun Fact about you?
I wanted to be a [Radio City] Rockette, which is a dance precision company. I love acting and am excited by the rigorous exercise that would go into becoming the best Rockette. 

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