Foundation series

(Re)taking control of virtual spaces

The learning cooperative presents the first in a new series of events exploring themes of democracy and its growing absence in online and offline spaces.

While the creation of the virtual world began as a utopian project of emancipation, “cyberspace” quickly began to fall under, reproduce and accelerate the same oppressive norms and structures that dominate physical spaces.

The learning cooperative is committed to the democratization of data as part of a larger conversation about the movement to overthrow capitalism. We want to explore how to resist and disrupt this process of technofeudalism, and give agency back to cybercitizens.

Join us for a Q&A panel and discussion exploring data centralization issues, how data infrastructure has been (mis)used, and what we can do to destabilize undemocratic platforms and practices. Panelists include:

– Hayley Tsukayama is a senior legislative activist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

– Autonomic.coop are a worker-owned technology cooperative that uses democratic, non-hierarchical decision-making processes, with an emphasis on self-care and mutual aid.

-James Muldon is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Exeter and Head of Digital Research at the Think Tank, Autonomy.

Dr Will SharkeyData Democratization Coordinator at the learning cooperative, will chair the event. To register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/towards-a-radiically-accessible-internet-tickets-317746136247