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Network Event/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.

At the same time, the people and organizations doing the most important movement organizing are not in the conversation about the direction of the Internet. And worse, racism, sexism and other forms of oppression are difficult obstacles to a on-going and healthy dialogue that ensures Internet development benefits and is guided by organizing priorities.

May First/People Link's political work is the Internet. We are a membership organization with over 700 members, from a broad variety of movement organizations, based in the United States and Mexico. We can have an impact on the development of the Internet we need. But only if we are organized and collectively come together, identify and work through forces of oppression, and to define these priorities together.

May First/People Link invites our membership and allies to 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.


  • 10:00 - 10:15 am: coffee, bagels
  • 10:15 - 10:20 am: Brief welcome by Jamie
  • 10:15 - 12:15 am: Panel: Organizers' Priorities for the Internet: What should be our priorities? What are your concerns?
    • Alfredo (moderator)
      • People's Movement Assembly (Rasha)
      • MagNet (Betty and Steve)
      • APC (Olinca)
      • Mauricio (Remote via Skype)
      • Ayenay (Praxis Project)
      • Jerome (LRNA)
      • Notes taken online (and projected for those in the room), noting all concerns for tech presenters to address
      • Live video stream
  • 12:15 - 12:30 am: Break
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm: Tech Demo Rotation, introduced and framed by Jamie. We split the group into the number of presenters we have. We split the time available by the number of presenters. Each presenter demonstrates to their small group and takes questions, then we rotate and repeat.
  • 1:30 - 2:15 pm: lunch
  • 2:15 - 3:30 pm: Small group discussions: Given the organizer priorities, and what is currently available, what steps should May First/People Link prioritize on the Internet?
  • 3:30 - 3:45 pm: break
  • 3:45 - 5:00 pm: Report back and discussion - plan what proposals to take to MFPL members meeting

5:00 pm - out for celebration drinks and dinner.