Assalamu Alaikum.

Welcome to NAZAR. 

NAZAR is an independent journalism project covering surveillance. This project was launched and is curated by Vanessa Taylor, a Black Muslim journalist.

New editions of NAZAR will release on the first and third Wednesday of every month.

You’ll get:

  • Roundup of three works by Black people (or at least, people of color) that I have read. They may be recently published or old things. My main focus is on technology and surveillance but I may include other subjects.

  • Original coverage from myself or a guest writer. This includes short (400-500 word) articles about surveillance programming, quick report write-ups, interviews with anti-surveillance organizers, and more.

  • Another roundup, this time of three digital campaigns / events or organizations to participate in or show love to. I come from an organizing background so I want to use whatever platform I have to support ongoing grass-roots efforts.

Do I Have To Pay?

Subscribing is not required but simply a way you can support my work. You can subscribe for $7 a month or $70 for the entire year. If you’re feeling generous, you can subscribe as a Founding Member for $150 per year.

There are more than enough paywalls in journalism. I don’t want cost to be a barrier, especially not for a topic that I believe is deeply important. That is why all of NAZAR’s posts are free to access.

Who Am I?

I’m Vanessa Taylor, a Black Muslim journalist / writer based in Philadelphia and originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Through articles, essays, fiction, and more, I focus on Black Muslim womanhood and technology.

Among other things, I am a 2017 Deeply Rooted Emerging Leaders Fellow with Muslim Wellness, a 2019 Echoing Ida cohort member, 2020 Bitch Media Writing Fellow In Technology, and the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Drinking Gourd, a Black Muslim literary magazine. 

Feel free to check out my portfolio.

How Do I Contact You?

Got any tips? Want to shout out a specific org — or maybe you’re coordinating a campaign that needs coverage? Whatever it is, I can be contacted at

You can also connect with NAZAR on Twitter.

Please do not message me on my personal e-mails. NAZAR is temporarily closed to guest pitches.

Thank you for subscribing to NAZAR.