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Net Netrality Town Halls (and dance party!)

June 4th, 2009     by Nicole Cohen     Comments

Net neutrality - the idea that the internet should be universally accessible to everyone without internet service providers deciding on levels and speeds of access - is shaping up to be an important media activist battle, especially for those of us who rely on the internet to produce alternative, independent media such as this very blog you’re reading., the grassroots group working to keep the internet free from corporate interference, is holding a series of town hall meetings in Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver to bring folks together to discuss the issue of net neutrality and the future of the internet. The meetings will be streamed live at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 8, at,, TheTyee, Beyond Robson, and

If you’d like to attend in person, see the details for each meeting, below (plus, there’s a dance party in Vancouver!)

The Future of the Internet: Access, Openness, and Inclusion A Town Hall Discussion

Open Internet Town Hall Meeting Monday June 8, 2009, 7:00pm - The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. West, Toronto)

Speakers include: Mark Surman - Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation Olivia Chow - Member of Parliament (NDP) Steve Anderson - Co-founder, Rocky Gaudrault - CEO, Teksavvy Solutions Inc. Derek Blackadder - National Representative with CUPE

Special Guests: * Jesse Brown - Search Engine * David Skinner - Communications Professor, York University * Kim Elliot - * Mark Kuznicki - remarkk consultant, Dan O’Brien - ACTRA * Ben Lewis - Canadian Federation of Students, *Wayne Mcphail - w8nc


Open Internet Town Hall Meeting Wednesday June 10, 2009, 7:00pm - Ottawa Public Library Main Branch (120 Metcalfe St)

Speakers include: Michael Geist - law professor at the University of Ottawa where he is Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, blogger Charlie Angus - NDP MP, Heritage and Culture Rocky Gaudrault - CEO, Teksavvy Solutions Inc. Jacob Glick - Canada Policy Counsel, Google Canada

Introduction by Steve Anderson - Co-founder, Discussion Facilitator: Marita Moll - TeleCommunities Canada

Special guests: * Mike Gifford - founder of Open Concept Consulting Inc * Leslie Regan Shade - Communications Professor, Concordia University * Graham Cox - Canadian Federation of Students


Open Internet Town Hall Meeting Saturday June 20, 2009, tbd - Session at Vancouver ChangeCamp, BCIT Downtown Campus (555 Seymour St)

Speakers include: Rocky Gaudrault - CEO, Teksavvy Solutions Inc. Steve Anderson - Co-founder, More to come…

REGISTER TO RESERVE A SEAT Internet Dance Party Saturday June 20, 2009, 6:00pm - 2:00am - Gallery Gachet, Vancouver

Canada’s FIRST live Internet Dance Party: is hosting an Internet Dance Party as both a fundraiser for and the official after party for VanChangeCamp

6:00pm - 8:00pm - Social & Film Screening / 8:00pm - 2:00am - Internet Dance Party

Special Guests: Quest Poetics feat: Mello Black, Mario Vaira, & DJ Hayze More guests to be announced soon!


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