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Is this for everyone?

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St Mary In The Castle

7 Pelham Crescent

Hastings

TN34 3AF

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This Is For Everyone = Is This For Everyone?

What would you do if you could take over your town WiFi network?

This one-day conference is about connected communities. Come to beautiful St Mary in the Castle in historic Hastings on September 23, 2019, for open discussions about the next networks that might weave through our towns and cities.

Why do we need 5G when we already have free town WiFi?

Can existing broadband networks build our local economy?

It’s a climate emergency. Can a network help us monitor energy use?

Can we signpost history and heritage better for visitors?

We are a festival, arts and music town; will live streaming build new businesses?

Outline of the Day

10am venue opens – coffee and tea provided

11am national speakers explore the agendas, followed by questions

Session one: Gillian Youngs (author of ‘The Internet of Place.’) and Iain Bennett (consultant and Director of the Fifth Sector). Gillian was University of Brighton lead for the Digital Catapult in Brighton as it developed and Iain was involved in the development of the Brighton Digital Exchange project. Gillian and Iain will explore the meaning of connectivity for small and medium-scale creative communities and other types of business.

Session two: Global and national politics now shape how Internet Service Providers filter and screen connections. Many think this takes us too far away from the egalitarian, free and open origins of the web. Ira Bolychevsky (Director of Redecentralize.org) talks about a distributed local web that builds in resilience. Caroline Bassett (Director, Sussex Humanities Lab) will explore the cultural politics that shape community networks. If we want to control our own connectivity, how should we do that, and what community and societal benefits arise?

1pm networking and lunch: lunch is provided as part of the morning conference ticket. Please let us know if you have dietary requirements.

2pm Summary of the morning themes, then:

RSA afternoon session In ConveRSAtion.’ The RSA afternoon session is free for all to attend but attendees must book through a separate Eventbrite sign-up.

In ConveRSAtion introduces artists Kevin Grist, Rosanna Lowe and Judith Ricketts who were commissioned to create digital art works titled ‘This Is For Everyone,’ which will be live in the town centre from September. We’ll hear from web developer, Jon Nicholson, who made an interactive map platform allowing access to the artworks, funded via an RSA Catalyst Seed Award.

In ConveRSAtion also features Damian Etherington, Hastings Museum and Borough Council lead on cultural strategy; Ian McInnes, of Technology Box, who developed the town WiFi network, and an RSA speaker to be confirmed.

4pm: networking reception with drinks hosted by the RSA

Image: Watching by Judith Ricketts

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St Mary In The Castle

7 Pelham Crescent

Hastings

TN34 3AF

United Kingdom

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