Flatten The Curve Summit

Confronting Crisis, Discussing Solutions

“Flatten The Curve Summit is a disruptive experiment in remote learning, bringing together academics, activists, doctors, and engineers alike to discuss how we can forge a better world and contain the fallout of global crisis. All of this in the middle of a generation-defining and world-altering pandemic.” – Sean O’Brien, founder of Yale Privacy Lab and Executive Director of PrivacySafe

The remote Flatten The Curve Summit was held on April 21-23, 2020 and brought together leading experts from five countries to speak about public health, law, cyber conflict, climate change, collaboration, and digital self-defense. Each of the speakers facilitated one-hour remote sessions where they shared their knowledge, strategies, and tools. Attendees learned how to better empower themselves to strengthen their communities, cope with change, and stem the tide of the next crisis.

The Summit was held using a Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) stack, protecting privacy and offering an alternative to insecure apps like Zoom. Our Learning Commons has grown from the success of the Summit, and we are building an educational platform using the lessons we’ve learned from hosting a global, diverse, and distributed teach-in.

Session Recordings and Slides

Cory DoctorowCory Doctorow

"I want to start by talking about the history of the technological liberties movement and what this current moment says about it."

Digital Freedom and Crisis

Science fiction author, activist, and journalist Cory Doctorow gives the remote audience his perspective on the history of tech liberty, as well as challenges for digital freedom after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Twila BraseTwila Brase

"Under HIPAA... your data is available without your consent... for things like research, public health, administration, judicial proceedings, law enforcement, organ procurement, and more."

Individual Rights, Privacy, and Government Powers In and After a Pandemic

Twila Brase is president and co-founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF), a national patient-centered organization established more than 20 years ago in Minnesota to support health care choices, individualized patient care and medical and genetic privacy. This session explored the use of emergency powers during a time of crisis, giving specific examples from the COVID-19 pandemic and discussing the implications for individual rights and privacy.

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Luis FalcónLuis Falcón

"GNU Health is a social project... first and foremost a social project with really good technology, all free technology. The main idea behind it is social medicine. It’s about public health, it’s about delivering freedom and equity in healthcare around the world."

Tackling the Beast: Using GNU Health to Help Governments in the Fight Against COVID-19

Luis Falcón is a computer scientist, physician, and Free Software activist. He is the founder of GNU Solidario, an organization focused on education and health, and the author of GNU Health, a health and hospital information management system. This session explores GNU Health and its role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dina Gilio-WhitakerDina Gilio-Whitaker

"Indigenous knowledge contains these critical keys to planetary stability."

Indigenous Knowledge and the Discipline of Planetary Health

Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos and an independent consultant and educator in environmental justice policy planning. This session emphasizes the importance of indigenous knowledge, demanding that we begin thinking seriously about societies structured on unfettered capitalist development that has thrown the planet’s bio-systems dramatically out of balance.

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Ashley DawsonAshley Dawson

"COVID is creating conditions that are likely to catalyze famines of truly Biblical proportions."

Disaster Communism in a Time of Coronavirus, Industrial Agriculture, & Climate Change

Ashley Dawson is a Professor of English at the Graduate Center/CUNY and the College of Staten Island. He is a scholar of postcolonial studies and a climate justice activist and is the author of Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change (Verso, 2017) and Extinction: A Radical History (O/R, 2016).

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Jay BealeJay Beale

"I am a layperson, and so the personal appeal is the best one I have, but I think that you’ll find the data I’m bringing is easy for you to find and confirm."

Flattening The Curve: Personal Perspective from a Layperson

Jay Beale is co-founder, COO and CTO of the information security consulting company InGuardians. This presentation gives a view of the COVID-19 pandemic from someone outside of public health. The observations are candid and personal, capped off with an introspective discussion.

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