2017
Reading List: 
The Organic Internet https://mayfirst.org/en/files/organicinternet.1.5.pdf; Alfredo Lopez and Jackie Smith, "Let’s Stop Google from Gobbling Up Our Schools " http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/03/lets-stop-google-from-gobbling-up-our-schools/
Description: 
Communications technology enhances our abilities to communicate and collaborate across distance, but access to the internet and the freedom and security of information are increasingly endangered by surveillance and privatization. Scholar-activists must play a more central role in the movement defending the internet and its content as public goods, yet many of us remain uninformed about the ways both our professional work and struggles for economic and social justice are threatened by the changing technological landscape. As social and environmental crises deepen and as fossil fuel, media, publishing, and other industries mobilize to neutralize the threats our movements pose, it is even more critical that everyone—and especially those who specialize in communications, knowledge, and educational work—understand the nature of contemporary threats to our communications infrastructure and the ways movements are responding to these threats. Panelists will outline the key issues affecting internet freedom and access to knowledge—including net neutrality, state surveillance, free and open source software, and open access publishing. Strategies for defending and strengthening our shared communications infrastructure and the knowledge commons will be discussed.