How to Reclaim the Internet?

Join us for an informative session on how to reclaim the Internet. In our two-part program, participants will learn about the technical architecture and power dynamics of what we call the Internet. We will discuss issues around long-standing digital inequities and practices of data exploitation by Internet companies. From this, we will explore alternative practices and invite you to re-imagine and co-create community networks in our Toronto neighbourhoods.



This program requires no technical background from the audience.

Part two of this series you will learn how you can reclaim the Internet. This program builds on part one: Who Owns the Internet.

In this session you will learn about alternative network practices that draw from the global community network movement, and how it furthers positive social impacts on local neighbourhoods. The session will invite participants to explore technology as a practice rather than consumption, as an emancipatory approach to build digital equity. The session will also inform us of ongoing initiatives in the neighbourhoods of Toronto.

This lecture is presented by Toronto Mesh, an organization that helps communities create better networks with open source and peer-to-peer technologies that promote digital literacy and privacy.

Space is limited and specific instructions with a program link will be provided after registration.

Toronto Public Library is committed to accessibility. Please call or email us if you are Deaf or have a disability and would like to request accommodation to participate in this program. Please let us know as far in advance as possible and we will do our best to meet your request. At least three weeks’ notice is preferred. Phone 416-393-7099 or email

This event will take place on Crowdcast, please view the Crowdcast Privacy Policy.

Please note: Should a technical issue arise that disrupts the delivery of this online program, the Library will do our best to notify participants through the event registration page.

The event is finished.


Jun 17 2021


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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