Join us Thursdays through June 7th for README Lab Hours

For the spring quarter through June 7th, members of README will be posted up in the IS Lab on Thursday afternoons from 2–3pm for README Lab Hours.

For the spring quarter, we will circulate a topic and relevant short news article to our listservIS-NET, and this page a few days prior to that week’s lab hour that can orient our conversation. If you have a topic or article suggestion, send it to or @ us on Twitter at @uclareadme.

README Lab Hours
Thursdays, 2–3pm
During Spring 2018 quarter
IS Lab (Room 102)


April 5: Cambridge Analytica
Read Andrew Prokop, “Cambridge Analytica and Its Many Scandals, Explained,” Vox, March 21, 2018.

April 12: Right to repair and the DMCA
(with special guest Michelle C. Forelle
Read Katharine Schwab, “Who Owns Your Stuff? It Might Not Be You,” Co.Design, August 16, 2017.

April 19: Internet Health Report 2018
Read “README,” “How healthy is the Internet?,” and “2018 Spotlights” from the Internet Health Report 2018 (pages 3–13 in the PDF version).

April 26: peer-to-peer web
(with special guest Jon-Kyle)
Read Karissa McKelvey, “The Web of Commons,” DatBlog, September 21, 2017.
Bring your computer to follow along with trying out Dat and Beaker.

May 3: free week
There will be no topic this week as several README members will be at the Research & Inquiry Conference, although all are still welcome to meet in the IS Lab during the usual time.

May 10:  collaborative zine and poster-making session
This week we will discuss our plan for participation in the Visions of Justice and Liberation Symposium poster session on May 18th. Bring images, texts, and other resources to help create a collaborative zine and poster. Share your favorite tools of digital liberation or help with design and layout.

May 17: privacy issues in mindfulness applications (with README member Lindsey Gant)
(no reading this week)

May 24: predictive policing
Read Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, “Dismantling Predictive Policing in Los Angeles” (report summary), May 8, 2018.

May 31: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Read Justin Jaffe and Laura Hautala, “What the GDPR Means for Facebook, the EU and You,” CNET, May 25, 2018.

June 7: end-of-year wrap-up ?
(no reading this week)

All are welcome to drop in and chat with us! This includes IS faculty, staff, and students as well as allies from around the UCLA campus and its libraries.

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