PODCAST EPISODE

Fake personas and real surveillance with Johana Bhuiyan

Muslim in Plain Sight

Jan 25 2022 • 1 hr 8 mins


Johana Bhuiyan is a senior tech reporter and editor at The Guardian. A born and raised New Yorker now residing in San Francisco, she's been a journalist since 2013, and has previously worked at the Los Angeles Times, Recode, BuzzFeed News, and Politico. Johana talks about growing up in New York after 9/11, and how the current state of surveillance of marginalised communities has evolved over the last 20 years. She shares her personal experiences as a hijab-wearing Muslim woman in newsrooms and other places throughout her career, how she got into the very specific field of tech accountability, and what it's like to see her work result in real-world change. Note: we recorded this interview back in November, so bear that in mind when we make time references. References: https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-amazon-drivers-tips-20190207-story.html (Johana's reporting) about Amazon withholding tips from drivers, which led to a https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/story/2021-02-02/amazon-ftc-fine-flex-driver-tips (massive settlement) https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/story/2021-02-09/dahua-facial-recognition-china-surveillance-uighur (Camera company would identify Uyghurs and alert police) https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/nov/17/police-surveillance-technology-voyager (Voyager, the tech that scrapes social media feeds to "predict crime") https://bridge.georgetown.edu/research/factsheet-the-nypd-muslim-surveillance-and-mapping-program/ (The NYPD's Muslim Surveillance and Mapping Program) https://www.npr.org/2021/11/08/1052567444/supreme-court-to-hear-arguments-on-fbis-surveillance-of-mosques (Supreme Court hears case on FBI surveillance of California Muslims) https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/nov/07/lapd-predictive-policing-surveillance-reform (The harms of the LAPD's former predictive policing program) Follow Johana on https://twitter.com/JMBooyah (Twitter) and check out her work. Follow us on https://www.twitter.com/mipspod (Twitter). Email us at musliminplainsight@gmail.com. https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/anisakhalifa (Support the show). Hosts and Producers: Anisa Khalifa and Khadija Khalil Editor: Anisa Khalifa Consulting Producer: Paroma Chakravarty