About Lab Delta

Stemming from a partnership between Alternatives and University of Montreal, Lab-Delta (Digital Rights and Alternative Technologies Lab) is a research and action lab whose main objective is to produce research and tools at the intersection of technology, activism, and critical thinking.

Lab-Delta believes in a free, accessible, and democratic Internet. It position itself as a progressive French-speaking “think tank” on digital issues in the province of Quebec. Lab-Delta aspires to become a venue for community engagement and for the adoption of activist tools, skills and digital practices, for technologies to be used for social justice, human rights and equality.

Lab-Delta received funding from the community investment program of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) in 2020-2021.


Stéphane Couture - Co-director, researcher and head of the research axis

Stéphane Couture is an associate professor in the communication department at Université de Montréal. His research focuses on digital activism, alternative media, free software and community digital infrastructure. He co-founded Koumbit and Facil and collaborated on several projects with civil society organizations.

Sophie Toupin - Co-director, researcher and collaborator

Sophie Toupin is a Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow at Concordia University where she examines critical perspectives on artificial intelligence. She holds a PhD in communication from McGill University.

Christopher Housseaux - Research Assistant - Coordination manager

Christopher Housseaux is a master’s student in communication sciences at Université de Montréal. His master’s thesis and research interest focus on social networks practices during civil unrest.

Eva Giard - Research Assistant

Ending her bachelor’s degree in communication studies at Université de Montréal, Eva is interested in the relationship between technology, society and culture. As a research assistant, she works on various projects and activities for Lab-Delta.

Chanel Robin - Research Assistant

Chanel Robin is a master’s student in communication sciences at Université de Montréal. Her research interests focus on alternative social network and the “Fédiverse”, a topic she explores as a research assistant for Lab-Delta.

Pauline Rudaz - Research Assistant
Pauline Rudaz

Pauline Rudaz est étudiante à la maitrise en sciences de la communication au département de communication, option communication politique, de l’Université de Montréal. Son mémoire de maitrise, co-dirigé par Stéphane Couture et David Grondin, porte sur les applications de suivi menstruel, plus spécifiquement sur leur confidentialité.

Véronique Bolduc - Research Assistant

Véronique Bolduc is a master’s student in communication sciences at Université de Montréal. Interested in digital rights, she is currently exploring the development of regulatory and legislative frameworks for content moderation. Véronique also works as an editor for Lab Delta.

Team 2020-2021

Léonard Buckles – Project Manager, Alternatives

Myriam Cloutier – Project Manager, Alternatives

Caroline Dubois – Research Assistant

Aurélie Girard – Development Contractor, Alternatives

Samantha Boucher – Research Assistant

Catherine Turgeon – Auxiliaire de recherche