The Web We Take for Granted

Two experts discuss how our online freedom is in immediate danger.

  • Thursday 23 November 2017 19:30 - 21:00
  • Auditorium D, Jozef Plateaustraat 22, 9000 Gent

This event is part of the TeCH TalkZ, a collaboration between the two student associations Zeus WPI and CenEka.

Our Freedom At Stake

In the last year, Net Neutrality has been a hot topic in the news. America is creating a law that would allow ISP’s to make your connection to any service (e.g. Netflix) slower, unless you pay an extra fee.

Regulations like this are not only happening across the Atlantic sea, but also in our own continent. The European Union is finally reforming our copyright laws and some laws that won’t do any good for your freedom. Like sharing articles on Facebook and Twitter? With the reform, this could become a crime… Come to the talks and we will explain you why and we will tell you how we can stop it.

The speakers

Ruben Verborgh (IDLab)

Ruben Verborgh is a professor at Ghent University. As an expert in the Web, decentralization, he will bring you up-to-date with the state of Net Neutrality. What is happening and why should it be prevented?

Felix Reda (European Parliament)

Felix Reda is a member of the European Parliament. He will tell us about how the EU copyright reform will be beneficial to how we can use the Web as a way to express ourselves.


The talks are free of charge for everyone and will be held in Auditorium D of Campus Plateau - Rozier (Jozef Plateaustraat 22). Ruben Verborgh will start speaking at 19:30. After a short break, Felix Reda is expected to continue at 20:15. After the talks there will be time to discuss the matter with your friends and the speakers with a drink.