Reclaim the web!

Saturday, 1 December 2018 | 13:30 - 19:00
Reclaim the web!

Discover and experience the P2P web!

Today, major parts of our (online) lives rely on platforms and tools developed by only a handful of internet companies. Numerous scandals and controversies in the recent years have raised awareness on the profound power imbalance inherent to this model. A "feudal internet"1 of authoritarian centralised applications2.

This leads to a growing discontent. We feel powerless3 over the ethics, policies and design of platforms that appear inescapable.

It's time to reclaim our online lives and re-enchant the web! Not by a nostalgic return to yesterday's internet, but with exciting new proposals for a decentralised and distributed future.

During Reclaim the web!, you will discover the peer-to-peer web, an alternative to our current system, where anyone can share data, publish websites and apps from their own computer, without relying on any centralised server or service.

The afternoon will start the day with a series of presentations by developers and artists who are already working, today, with these new technologies. To explore the subject deeper, we will continue with hands-on workshops. Bring your laptop if you want to get the most of it!

Everyone is welcome to Reclaim the web!, without prior experience or knowledge required.


13:00 - Doors

13:30 - Introduction

13:35 - Talks

  • Hunor Karamán
    I'm a peer
    About a more ambient web experience
  • Raphaël Bastide
    Floating Swarm
    Art in the interstices of networks at a time of fragile attentions
  • Zenna Fiscella
    Scuttlebutt__A Revolutionising Communication Protocol
    An introduction to the new P2P gossiping protocol

14:45 - Debate / Q&A
with Hunor Karamán, Raphaël Bastide & Zenna Fiscella

15:30 - Workshops: experiment the P2P web with Beaker and Scuttlebutt!
with Hunor Karamán, Raphaël Bastide & Zenna Fiscella
Bring your laptop if you have one! More info soon!

19:00 - End

Read more about our 3 guests here

Practical Info

Location: Kop! (Smart/CoopCity)
Rue Coenraets, 72
1060 Brussels
(5 minutes walk from the Porte de Hal metro/tram stop)

Free access!

Media Gallery

The header picture is a modified version of Tim Berners-Lee illustration of a "client/server model for a distributed hypertext system" from his original information management system at CERN.


In cooperation and with the support of SMart.

Thanks to Louis Center for his help.

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