Network Gathering/Peoples Movements Assembly Agenda


Thursday, June 28, 10:00 am
Room 2242 of the Keith Center
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI


We cannot count on using the Internet in the coming years the way we have used it up to now. Hardly a week goes by without a report of a gross violation of privacy, a security breach, an act of government censorship, or another merger or buyout cementing Internet privatization and the centralization of resources. Someday soon it will be your YouTube video or Facebook page that will be cancelled or removed.

As these trends accelerate, they affect our ability to organize. We must take a stand now. The seeds of the next generation of the Internet, one that counters these repressive trends, are currently being planted, but how they grow and what features are prioritized is still to be worked out. This is our task today. Together we will discuss our movement priorities for the Internet, learn about what technologies and policies are being developed now, evaluate them, and make collective decisions on what we as a movement want to use and support in the future.

Organization Bio:

May First/People Link (MF/PL) is an organization that redefines the concept of "Internet Hosting Service" in a collective, progressive and collaborative way. May First/People Link is like a coop: members, pay dues that are used to support a shared internet infrastructure that support websites, email, email lists, and just about everything else we do on the Internet.

May First/People Link is a project organized by a group of progressive activists who have been working in the technology sector for years. We provide Internet services and technology organization with a mission to help reclaim the Internet, enhance its function as a tool for mass communication and organizing, develop new technologies and uses for it, and help social justice movements use it effectively.


  • 10:00 - 10:15 am: Light breakfast: coffee, bagels
  • 10:15 - 10:20 am: Welcome Address - Jamie
  • 10:15 - 12:15 am: Organizer Panel Discussion: "What are our priorities for the Internet? What are our concerns?"
    • Presenters:
      • Praxis Project and May First/People Link: Alfredo (moderator)
      • Project South/People's Movement Assembly: Rasha Abdulhadi
      • MagNet/Center for Media Justice: Betty Yu
      • Laneta and Alliance for Progressive Communication: Olinca
      • Community Radio Organizer: Mauricio Alverez (Remote from Mexico City via Skype)
      • The Praxis Project: Ayenay Abye
      • League of Revolutionary New Americans: Jerome Scott

  • 12:15 - 12:30 am: Break
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm: Tech Demo Rotation
  • 1:30 - 2:15 pm: Lunch break (Lunch will be provided for participants)
  • 2:15 - 3:30 pm: Small group breakout discussions
  • 3:30 - 3:45 pm: Break
  • 3:45 - 5:00 pm: Report back and discussion

Please note: This event and discussion will be live streamed.

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