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  1. The Internet is a utility that should be shared and available for all to access.
  2. While this mesh begins as a stolon (a community mesh network) exists primarily online, we recognize that through the online we also connect to the land and the neighbourhoods across it. The project acknowledges that the area called Vancouver is within the unceded Indigenous territories belonging to the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh-ulh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. We recognize that the colony of British Columbia was created through organized dispossession and colonial violence.
  3. Consider this network a collective space: uses of the network shall remain just, caring, and responsible of others.
  4. this mesh begins as a stolon (a community mesh network) stands behind and adheres to 221A’s Organizing Values and code of ethics.
  5. This project is dedicated to fostering and supporting just and caring principles as guided by The Canadian Anti-Hate Network which prohibits discrimination based on  race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 
  6. The network’s goal is to respond to its community of users; it recognizes that the shape of a community constantly shifts and takes new forms.
  7. This is a network made up of individuals: users agree to not utilize the site for corporate, law enforcing, or other similar purposes. Still, it is not a punitive project. This is a community space that dissuades responses to conflict and harm that privilege the carceral. 
  8. By joining – this mesh begins as a stolon (a community mesh network) – you are agreeing to embody this manifesto as you use the network. 

Content generated as part of the Stolon Mesh project*, is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. You are free to: remix, adapt, and build upon these elements in a reasonable manner and for non-commercial purposes, as long as you credit this project and license any new creations that grow from this resource, under the same terms. 

This manifesto was inspired by other terms of service and agreements researched and designed by a number of others including: NYC MeshMozilla’s Data Futures LabDetroit Digital Justice Coalition, and SFPC.

*the Stolon Mesh Terms of Service and Privacy Policy are not covered under this creatove commons license. If you have questions about it and would like more info, please be in touch []