Hi! Readers of this blog may be interested in attending an event called Internet Democracy Café. I am on the panel through my role as founder of Social Media Breakfast: Waterloo Region but I obviously am also interested in using the internet for social and democratic change.
When: Wednesday, September 26, 7-9:30 p.m.
Where: Queen Street Commons – 43 Queen St. S., Kitchener (map)
What: There will be a short panel followed by conversation café involving the audience. With this event, we want to connect people, and resources to launch an ongoing process to ask:
- What about the Internet is demanding attention and care from us all? – To raise our awareness together among the widest possible demographic of the crucial role of the Internet in the lives and well-being of all of us as citizens of local, national, and global communities.
- What’s going on with it? – To understand together more about where and how this Internet world is moving, changing, and being potentially constricted.
- What can we do now? – To create pathways of continuing dialogue, information & expertise exchange, and leading-edge cross-sectoral responsiveness in order to support the future of a democratic Internet and access to a shared citizen-driven knowledge base for everyone.
Specific areas of focus may include Internet-related legislation (e.g. Bill C-11, Lawful Access Act) and trade agreements (e.g. Trans-Pacific Partnership), Internet connectivity issues, Internet information filtering and sharing bans, and Internet information storage and control matters.
Who: The following four panelists will be speaking:
- James Howe, who has been the driving force behind the Social Media Breakfast in Waterloo Region
- Alisa McClurg, from TransitionKW, who is interested in the linkages between Internet democracy and resiliency
- Paul Nijjar, from The Working Centre, who has worked on Internet connectivity issues
- Kirk Zurell, proponent of the “Robot’s Rules of Order” and the “Digital House“
Jean Robertson, a highly experienced community organizer from the Upstart Collaboratory for Collaborative Culture Designing, has kindly offered to facilitate.
How to Attend: FREE community event, no registration is required. However, if you can RSVP at http://on.fb.me/OtciK6 .
We hope this has peaked people’s interest and that we will see many people there! If individuals are interested but cannot attend, they can drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can continue the conversation elsewhere.