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Clearing Away the Clouds: How Computer Networks, Servers, and the Internet Work

Aug 31 | Sat |

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The Tech Learning Collective invites you to join us for Clearing Away the Clouds: How Computer Networks, Servers, and the Internet Work. This two-hour workshop is all about the basics of computer networking. If you’ve ever been curious about what happens when you’re browsing a website, or if you ever wanted to take a look “under the hood” of your Wi-Fi connection, this is the class for you!

Our ability to browse Web sites, send and receive digital messages like emails and text messages, and make phone or video calls depends on the connections our digital devices make with one another. That makes it critical to understand how these connections are made, and where they lead to. Far from being an amorphous “cloud,” modern telecommunications networks and services like the Internet are made up of physical devices. Some of these you can see, like your own computer or the router and modem in your house, and others you can’t, like distant servers or Layer 2 switches that make up the network infrastructure itself.

In this workshop derived from a portion of the Tech Learning Collective’s NET101 course, you’ll have the opportunity to actually look—visually and with great detail—at how your computer “talks” to other computers like those that power Google Drive, Facebook, and other cloud services. By using an industry-standard tool called Wireshark, we’ll dissect a conversation between your computer and a server and walk through the process of encapsulating a packet of application layer data, emitting it onto a network, and watching it travel to its destination. We’ll also touch on some illustrative counter-examples to explore how things can go wrong on a network, such as DHCP server misconfigurations, ARP spoofing attacks, and unsecured or weakly-secured Wi-Fi networks.

Tickets to this workshop are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are only available in advance via our online storefront:

$45 - General Admissions workshop ticket

$30 - Reduced Price workshop ticket (for queer-identified and femme people)

Class space is limited to 15 students! Purchase your ticket now to reserve your seat.

You do not need to bring a laptop to class, but may want to do so to follow along with the exercises.

As with all Tech Learning Collective events, racism, queerphobia, transphobia, sexism, “brogrammer,” “manarchist,” or any kind of similarly awful behavior will result in immediate removal from class without a refund. Please refer to our lightweight social rules for details on our strictly enforced no-tolerance policy against bigotry of any kind.

About the Tech Learning Collective

The Tech Learning Collective is an educational initiative run by radical queer and femme technologists offering unparalleled, low-cost computer classes primarily to marginalized groups and individuals who are politically engaged. Unlike coding bootcamps that focus on moving the highest number of students through rote task-completion for the goal of job placement, Tech Learning Collective teachers facilitate foundational skill building through Socratic discussion and kinetic, experience-based training. For more information and to enroll, visit

Venue: Triangle Arts Association

20 Jay Street, Suite 317 Map