watching the watchers

Increasingly powerful surveillance tools have shifted the power dynamics between people and institutions. To address this new dynamic, we’ve been creating a toolkit, in collaboration with the ACLU of Washington, that demystifies surveillance technologies in Seattle in the historical context of structural inequities in the United States. Below are a set of guides for facilitating workshops focusing on different aspects of surveillance: historical, visual, physical, and somatic.

coveillance is a collective of technologists, organizers, and designers who employ arts-based approaches to build communal counterpower. You can stay in touch with us by joining our mailing list.

NOTE: This toolkit is a first draft, and is still being updated! We would love to hear your feedback or help you deploy our workshops; reach out to us at