October 18-20, 2019
Prime Produce, NYC, NY

Calling all Proposals!

Translations available: ES / PT

Radical Networks is a conference that celebrates a free and open internet, with hands-on workshops, speakers, and a gallery exhibiting artworks centered around radio and networking technology.

The deadline for submitting your proposal is July 1, 2019.

What: We invite anyone interested in presenting a workshop, lunchtime meetup, talk, panel, performance or film screening, tour / field trips or artwork to be exhibited. See our list of possible topics below!

When: October 18-20, 2019

Where: Prime Produce, NYC, NY (https://www.primeproduce.coop/)

Who: We invite artists, activists, lawyers, engineers, writers, policy makers, educators, scientists, journalists, community organizers, cyberfeminists, self-taught technologists, and others. We prioritize applications from people of color and Indigenous folx, womxn, non-binary folx, gender expansive and GNC, LGBTQ folx, immigrants, the undocumented, working-class, disabled folx, and first-time presenters!

Application Deadline: July 1, 2019

To submit your proposal, follow the instructions here.

Please note: Radical Networks encourages proposals to be experimental and risk-taking. In order to give a space to new ideas and unheard voices and provide a conference with diverse content and backgrounds, we do not necessarily focus on polished language or prose. Be brave and dream! ;)

What are we about

Over the last two decades, the internet has become the glue that connects the personal, professional and social aspects of our lives. However, governments, militaries, commercial interests, and policing have shifted the internet and World Wide Web from being a free, decentralized global space to one of commodification and surveillance of personal data and activities, perpetuation of everyday and systematic modes of oppression, bias, and divided access and control.

Radical Networks invites the community to envision, learn, engage, and share work around the current state and health of the internet and the future of digital networks and the open web. It is a forum for people who are curious about what drives these technologies that we are all dependent on and what is the creative potential, vulnerabilities, and opportunities to create with these technologies and take ownership back.

Some possible topics include:

  • Control and ownership of networks
  • Offline networks
  • Mesh and Peer-to-Peer networks
  • Local networks for community
  • Experimental application of computer networks
  • Networks for movement activism or journalism
  • Network security and safety for daily life, survival, or informal economies
  • Public policy and net neutrality
  • Censorship, Surveillance, and Policing
  • Artistic use of computer networks
  • Radio and broadcast for community or activism
  • Free and Open Source Hardware and Software
  • Personal networks
  • Bringing connectivity to rural or urban areas
  • Experimental social networks and platform cooperativism
  • Speculative futuring or alternative histories of the internet
  • Speculative networks
  • Ethical hacking
  • Digital security
  • Indigenous technology
  • Holistic security and healing technology
  • Disability justice in Networks and Crip technoscience
  • Climate justice, resilience, and environmental impact of networks and data infrastructures
  • Digital literacy and education around networks, internet, radio and digital stewardship
  • Labor and technological networks
  • ...and anything else that takes a fresh or critical look at how networks are used.

Your information and privacy

We will use information only for the process of selection participants for the conference and for our evaluation requirements. All proposals submitted to our gitlab will remain part of a public archive. If you wish to not have your propsal archived, let us know. Alternatively you can email us your proposal at proposals (at) radicalnetworks (dot) org. Emailed applications will not be made part of the pubic archive. Our public key can be found here.

Selection

We have a very limited number of places open for applications. Given the breadth of topics we wish to feature at Radical Networks, we will choose applicants based on the overall diversity and breadth of topics brought to the Radical Networks program. Participants will be selected by jury.