Since the cyberpunk writings of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson painted immersive digital landscapes into their stories of virtual adventure, and following the dawn of VRML and QuicktimeVR some dozen years, I have been hoping to see virtual world technology really take a foothold in the ever-evolving set of Internet-based social networking tools.
Yesterday, I was digusted when I read this post from Kathy Sierra about why she had cancel a speaking engagement. Cyberstalking and Cyberbullying is a real issue, impacting many women (and men) online - not just the high profile a-list bloggers. I'd like to point you over to two good posts that aim to help educate everyone about this serious issue.
It seems one of my efforts has attracted some diplomatic interest, as I learned last week when a collaboration to raise signatures for a petition to recognise the famine-genocide period of Ukraine hit their government news site.
Today I learned that their embassy is sending over a cultural attache. Not to me fortunately to my collaborator who's Ukrainian.
Now he might even notice the Net2 button. Well if it was still there he might,Â now it's just a line of text, something about collaborating.
I came away from last year's netsquared conference with the mashup bug; I wanted to see mashups for human rights. But one of the practical lessons i learned was that you need to expose structured data to seed a mashup, and that wasn't going to be easy at my work.
Just recently I've been mulling over the contrast between the neat way sites like Edgeio and Eventful pull together event listings, and the pretty random way that info about cyberdissidents gets scattered across the blogosphere. As I understand it, the event sites use microformats so I'm proposing the development of a Prisoner of Conscience Microformat.
I'd be interested in any feedback, especially on the geek aspect (will it work?). But, as the original post says, "The whole point of this somewhat geeky exercise is something very non-technical; to make it easier to construct online communities around prisoners of conscience, and to have ways of visualising and connecting that stir peoples' affinity and will to act".