On the day before nominations ended, I posted my ten choices of the time. Little did I know that 50 projects would come in on the last day. Also, I've been reading the arguments advanced in the various slate posts and been influenced thereby.
In an email, Siegfried Woldhek of Nabuur just wrote to me:
"What an interesting experiment this is turning out to be. Implicitly at least three new criteria were added to the official, sensible list. - The size of the mailing list - The activism of the inner circle - The 2.0 savvy"
And, he is clearly correct in stating that. So we are observing a very dynamic process with thousands of votes being cast in what is clearly not an apples:apples fashion. Well, it's a great fruit salad. We will do our best to make this process beneficial to many more projects than the 20 who get the most votes. And we will try to develop subcategories next year that will enable easier comparison and voting.
I'm going to vote for these ten. Since I could easily 'support' about 40, let me make transparent the criteria I decided to base my voting upon:
1. I ranked social impact, sustainability and technology, in that order, as my decision-drivers.
2. I tried to vote for projects that didn't have a large installed user base they could rally for support. I figured that since I only have ten votes, I'll spend them they are most needed and figure the projects that have a web-savvy posse to draw on will do well in this vote without me (and some of the best projects are in that group, for sure.)
Information may want to be free but a lot of entrenched interests would prefer it otherwise. China is on the forefront of digital censorship issues, and this seems like an important project in that context.
Voluntarism takes many forms. The government's VISTA program is a tremendous potential resource for social justice organizations. This project links the resource to the web in ways that can be built upon.
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