Our Networks 2020 archive

Full archives of 2020 videos are available:

Thank you to our A/V volunteers: Henry Wilkinson, and Elon Li.

Our Networks 2020 videos

Building Equity through Public Owned Cable System

Troy Walcott

Our proposal was brought about through forced necessity. After acquiring Time Warner Cable in 2016 Spectrum has shown to be…

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Building Your Own Routing Protocol

Grant Gallo

Routing protocols are all around you. Through a mess of radio waves, electrical signals, and flickering light, routing protocols determine…

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Crafting Commons: A round table on cybercraft networks

Afroditi Psarra / Gabrielle Benabdallah / Heidi Biggs / Shih Wei Chieh / Audrey Briot / Amor Muñoz / Constanza Piña / Melissa Aguilar

Craft practices rely on the exchange and transmission of techniques, technical skills, tacit and explicit knowledge about materials and methods…

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Craig Fahner

Eigengrau (a term used to describe what is seen through closed eyes) is a web-based artwork that facilitates a sense…

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Epistemic relation as social relation

Neal Thomas

This talk begins from the premise that today’s social computing environments–their interfaces, data structures, and overall designs–have been enormously, if…

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Listening Space

Audrey Briot / Afroditi Psarra

Listening Space is an artistic research that explores transmission ecologies as a means of perceiving the surrounding environment beyond our…

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On View: Art and technology towards new digital architectures

Dejha Ti / Ania Catherine

Experiential artists Dejha Ti and Ania Catherine discuss their work ‘On View’, a large scale interactive installation taking form in…

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Open Learning Commons: A peer-to-peer educational ecosystem

Robert Best

I plan to introduce Open Learning Commons: the idea, its history, and the current status of the project. I will…

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Open Weather: building networks for nowcasting the weather

Sophie Dyer / Sasha Engelmann

Open Weather is a project by Sophie Dyer and Sasha Engelmann probing the noisy relationships between bodies, atmospheres and weather…

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Shuhaku: What did they say?

Brady Dale / David Floyd

People miss Google Reader, but they also wouldn’t use it if Mountain View brought it back. They think they would,…

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Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Applications

Brian Sutherland

A software defined radio (SDR) is a type of low cost open source USB dongle that can transmit and receive…

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This is Fine: Optimism and Emergency in the Decentralised Network

Cade Diehm

The last fifteen years has seen a surge of interest in decentralised technology. From well-funded blockchain projects like IPFS to…

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Toward a federation of hybrid spaces

Panayotis Antoniadis

The main topic of my intervention is the idea of hybrid space as a common infrastructure as described in this…

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TrustNet: Trust-based and subjective moderation systems

Alexander Cobleigh

In this talk, I will introduce TrustNet, a flexible and distributed system for deriving, and interacting with, computational trust. The…

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Utopia as Uncertainty - The issue of decentralisation versus classical utopias

Ulrich Gehmann / Emőke Bada

The archistic, classical utopia is a completely planned desired state for the future in social and architectural terms. It is…

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biton — the Internet potluck

Marios Isaakidis

biton (https://bitonproject.org) is a peer-to-peer network built around swarms — groups of peers that store encrypted files and relay requests…

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Our Networks 2019 archive

Full archives of 2019 videos are available:

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Thank you to our A/V volunteers: Yurko, Henry Wilkinson, Elon Li, and Benedict Lau.

Our Networks 2019 videos

A technical introduction to IPFS

Hector Sanjuan

The Interplanetary FileSystem provides a networked, distributed filesystem to retrieve files and folders among multiple parties without a central server….

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Building a modern Memex

Andrew Louis

Bret Victor posed an important question: over a long time horizon, what strategy for preserving information has been most successful?…

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Channel channel, a network for VPN access

Biyi Wen

Video presentation by Biyi Wen, accompanying the exhibited artwork: Channel channel, a network for VPN access. Channel Channel is a…

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Collective resistance to state controls on information

Cecylia Bocovich

As resistance to state control continues to grow, states are reacting by tightening the restrictions on the flow of information…

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Cryptoeconomics: Towards mass behavioral engineering or a network commons?

Jaya Klara Brekke / Dan Hassan

CoBox is a project to enable p2p cloud infrastructures with different trust-settings. The project emphasises privacy by design and easy…

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DHT, BFT, OMG: Know your building blocks for decentralized applications (2019 edition)

Kirill Pimenov

If the only thing you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail, right? Then why wonder how came…

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Distributed internet archiving plus low power long distance meshing with LoRaWAN

Distributed secure routing in permissionless flat networks

Distributing knowledge of digital workflows via workshops and support groups

Keynote panel: May First, technology and revolution

Alfredo Lopez

Technology has so fundamentally changed our society that any strategy for social change must be altered to address its power…

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Keynote: Dr. Jennifer Wemigwans, A Digital Bundle Protecting and Promoting Indigenous Knowledge Online

A Digital Bundle Protecting and Promoting Indigenous Knowledge Online looks at ways to advance Indigenous Knowledge on the Internet through…

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Networks as sculpture

Lai Yi Ohlsen

A sculpture is material form in real space, this is its most basic quality; a network is a form in…

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Regulationism and the need for a digital postmodernism

Corey Abell

The following talk will address the recent calls for regulation of digital content on social media platforms alongside the digital…

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Remaking the web: Competing visions of decentralization

Jack Jamieson

‘Decentralization’ has emerged as a rallying cry to build a web where control is delegated away from central authorities and…

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Social, artistic, and theoretical experiments with decentralized festivals

Andreas Dzialocha

This is a technical, artistic, theoretical reflection on how we use technology to run and experiment with decentralised festivals in…

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Solar powered website

Marie Otsuka / Lauren Traugott-Campbell

Low-tech Magazine questions the belief in technological progress, and highlights the potential of past knowledge and technologies for designing a…

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Spectacular grammar: Infrastructure as a Universal language

Renée Reizman

This paper proposes information technology (IT) infrastructure is formulating a universal language. It dips into historic efforts to create a…

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The impotent medium

Farhad Bahram

Video presentation by Farhad Bahram, accompanying the exhibited artwork: Made in Iran. Made in Iran is the outcome of several…

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Our Networks 2018 Archive

Full archives of 2018 videos are available:

A/V volunteers: Yurko, Henry Wilkinson, Elon Li, and Benedict Lau.

Our Networks 2018 Videos

Aether: Distributing social networks without distributed consensus

Burak Nehbit

The ongoing discussion about decentralisation has been dominated by the talk of blockchains lately. While they do work in certain…

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Althea a more distributed ISP

Justin Kilpatrick

Althea is a protocol that allows people to easily buy and sell bandwidth from each other. The session will cover…

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Building something together with local networks

Cecylia Bocovich / Lauren Lapidge

The Internet as it exists today is not an ideal tool for liberation or the exploration of something new. The…

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Fandom as an alternative network

Rea McNamara / Owen G. Parry / Maya Ben David

The interdisciplinary creative practices of fandom — whether it be fanfiction, fanart, or cosplay — challenge our previously held notions…

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Holding Data Together: Decentralized patterns for stewardship

Brendan O'Brien

Formed in the wake of grassroots archiving efforts undertaken in 2017, Data Together seeks to contribute to a civic layer…

Live streaming over IPFS


In this session, I will present how IPFS and HLS came together to allow us to build a distributed live…

Money and mesh networks

Jessica Marshall / Ashoka Finley

A talk exploring the question is it possible to build/manage communal mesh infrastructure in a decentralized fashion and pay contributors…

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Our _stable_ networks

Grant Gallo / Jenny Ryan

What does a ‘stable’ deployment of a community mesh network look like? During this session, we will look at successful…

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Peer-to-peer applications on a mesh network

Benedict Lau

In this session, I will present Mesh Orange, a Debian-based router that runs on various single-board computers (SBCs), which together…

Protocol tactics

Lars Gierth

The philosophers have only interpreted the internet, the point is to change it. IP, BGP, DNS, HTTP, and many more…

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The artists network, the data-body, and the social-body

Jennifer Seaman Cook

‘Electronic art is electronic education is inter net and television for and about people. My television video electronic educational inter…

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The hybrid step toward migrating to P2P: Adding P2P backend to current centralized apps


Currently, most websites and apps depend on centralized servers despite the limitations of this structure. Migration towards P2P architectures may…

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Web archiving as DIY and DIWO

Emily Maemura

As the internet evolves and changes, what material of the internet’s past will continue to be available? What is being…

Wireless Toronto

Gabe Sawhney

Wireless Toronto is a community wireless network run by volunteers, dedicated to the growth of no-cost wireless Internet access in…

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