Earlier today, I wrote about my experience at the Defend the Bay Area anti-tech protest meeting. I also mentioned that I’d be attending the group’s EFF-backed workshop on Crypto Anti-Surveillance Training.
I spoke too soon.
Moments after sitting down among a crowd of some 20 folks, participants who recognized me from the previous event stopped the workshop to identify me as a reporter and inform me that meetings of Eviction Free SF, who was hosting the event at the storefront offices of the Housing Rights Committee, are press-free. I holstered my pen and volunteered to leave.
It wasn’t a hostile exchange, and was in fact about as polite a way to tell someone they weren’t welcome as could be imagined.
Still, I’ll leave the reader to decide if it’s ironic, fitting or both for a reporter to be evicted from an anti-surveillance workshop, held by a pro-press freedom group, inside the offices of an anti-eviction organization.