Defund Big Tech, Refund Communities

Defund Big Tech, Refund Communities

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Thursday June 10, 2021 4:00pm to 5:30pm


#3 in CFE Series: Taming Big Tech: Exploring the Alternatives

While Big Tech enterprises offer many obvious benefits, there is growing public awareness they present a variety of societal threats. It is much less clear how to tame Big Tech and what the alternatives might be. Join a panel of experts who issued the recent Defund Big Tech, Refund Community statement and will discuss how their own community-oriented activism helps demonstrate that another tech is possible. 

Co-sponsors: Edmonton Public Library, Milton Public Library, Thunder Bay Public Library, Toronto Public Library, Vancouver Public Library


  • Lilly Irani, Associate Professor of Communication & Science Studies, University of California, San Diego; 
  • Pedro Reynolds-Cuellar, Ph.D. student at the MIT Media Lab; Member, MIT Center for Civic Media; Co-Founder, the Colombian design for social justice collective ‘Diversa'
  • Dawn Walker, PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Information, Member of Hypha Worker Co-operative, co-organizer Our Networks.


  • Andrew Clement, Professor Emeritus & Co-Founder Identity Privacy and Security Institute, University of Toronto Faculty of Information 

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