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Archiving the Internet Commons

How activists are fighting the privatization of the Internet

Date & time
Thursday, September 28, 2023
3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Registration is closed


This event is free


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


Join us for a talk with graduate student Elena Rowan about her project Archiving the Internet Commons!

The Internet as a Commons is under threat. As the internet becomes increasingly privatised, the rights of individual users and communities to their data and creations is disappearing. A group of activist archivists are changing this. Archive Team are collecting and tending to massive amounts of cultural and digital history created over the past 40 years. Controversially, they largely disregard individual ownership and corporate property rights in favour of moving materials into open, freely accessible internet archives. Their priority is to create a record of the internet, and in the process, they provide some of the keys to fighting privatisation of the internet commons. By looking at how Archive Team works, through both interviews and participant observation, we can ensure that the Internet as a commons continues to provide information and knowledge to everyone

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