Recent Blog Posts


OhMyNews - My rough notes

  • every citizen's a reporter
  • founded february 2000, now have 42000 citizen reporters
  • web can be full multimedia news platform
  • 70% income from ads
  • 20% of content sales to portals
  • 10% from readers
  • launching ommynews japan, $11 million from SoftBank, will launch in August
  • pay $20 for main tab stories
  • $10 for section stories
  • have podcasts
  • iht posts links from OmN

Dan Gillmor on We Media - my rough notes

  • tools perfect for what nptech is doing
  • establish media can co-opt but can't control
  • we can all participate
  • production, access and distribution have all been democratised
  • read/write web
  • not just blogs
  • proxy world for audio, video,
  • grassroots media is the norm not the exception
  • journalism has been a lecture
  • moving to something like a conversation
  • listen
  • secrets harder to keep
  • whether you ask people or not they will do it
  • citizen witness with a camera is not new i.e. 1 guy with camera at JFK

Howard Rheingold and Paul Saffo - My rough notes


  • networks, emergent self organization,

Paul Saffo (real time anthropologists)

  • we invent our technology and then ourselves

What's next

  • howard: emergence of unpredictable disruptive blogosphere
  • katrina peoplefinder site (zack story)
  • immigration - LA immigration protestsorganized via myspace
  • open source - bengler's new book takes it beyond software
  • wikipedia
  • omidyar re-inventing philanthropy
  • SARS - 150 million SMS in 3 days to the way scientists self organized
  • Toyata building lateral networks among suppliers

Angela Blackwell- PolicyLink - my rough notes

  • participation
  • build their own movement
  • set their own challenge
  • katrina, over 2 billion dollars donated
  • immigration rights gathering
  • and even American Idol :-)
  • making themelves seen and heard
  • the convenant with black america
  • last 7 years in cpan
  • 6 straight hours - "the state of the black union"
  • america coming together about race and poverty
  • rare time
  • combine tech with moral aspirations!
  • more tiers
  • policy = taking pre-emptive action to avoid a bad outcome
  • 50% online was glass half empty not full for people online

Opening Plenary - My rough notes

  • The Social Web
  • We don't know what it will look like except that it will be different
  • This conference is about imagining that!
  • Imagine actions
  • Commit to it!
  • 7 sectors participating
  • 1. Philanthropists
  • 2. NGO
  • 3. American Non Profit
  • 4. Infratech
  • 5. Web Services Companies
  • 6. "Digerati"
  • 7. NPTAP - Non Profit Tech Assistance Providers
  • Index cards for: action items, write'em down and stick on bulletin boards;

Net2Con: Anyone Could Call - Cellphones in the Global South

Hi, this is Ginny Hunt live-blogging from "Anyone Could Call: Cellphones in the Global South" at the NetSquared conference. I'll try to catch as much as I can as fast as I can - apologies in advance for any errors.

The session is being immoderated by Robert Frank, currently the VP of Strategy and Business Development at Banana Republic and CompuMentor Board Chair.

A bit about our speakers:

David Lehr, from Project Market Light at Stanford's Digital Vision Program, works with rural farmers in developing markets to deliver information on-demand, directly to cell phones.  Eric Sundelof is from the Reuters Foundation and, a cellphone platform for in-the-field reporting solutions for especially emerging markets.  READ MORE


WineCamp channel on Gabbly

Hi - If you wanna catch up with WineCmap folks, join us on the Gabbly channel here: 

(By the way - the link leads to an "Error page" - but the Gabbly system works anyway....)  READ MORE


net2con: Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone! . . .

This is Mike, of Computer-Using Educators, live blogging the 1:45-2:40 netsquared session led by Adam Frey (Wikispaces), Heddy Nam (Never Again International) and Liz Gannes (Red Herring).

Given the focus on non-profits, it makes sense that netsquared would include education into within the topics covered by the event, but I had hopes that it could be fully realized theme. Perhaps next year at "netcubed"...although it is refreshing that the themes focus on impact in the general sense - but maybe this is for the best. Education (and by extension, educators) tend to want to separate ourselves from other industries and "real world" applications, when we really should be thinking about how to integrate, which is precisely what netsquared has done. READ MORE


Net2Con: From a Voice in the Wilderness to the Wisdom of Crowds: Citizen Journalism, Nonprofit Organizations and Social Change

 .....a live, uncut and subjective take on the session

participants: Dan Gillmor, Hong Eun-tael, Ethan Zuckerman

immoderator: Michael Rogers



it isn't a lack of technology - it is a lack of resources

i would love to figure out how to use all these new technologies to make our work easier and more effective, bu who pays for implementing all these fabulous tools and technologies? Even with open source software, low capacity and grassroots nonprofit organizations like mine still have to identify a staff person or key volunteer to implement, manage and support the technolgy. How do I identify that person? how do i motivate current staff and volunteers to add one more responsibility, one more task to an already overscheduled, overfull agenda? Where do i find qualified volunteers who are both motivated and committed to such a large task? how do I manage and supervise them?I think that many of these tools are merely tools for technoogy's sake - without any real vison about who will actually use them.The real digital divide is between organizations - those of us who deveote all our energy to our programs just don't have the resources to implement new technologies. READ MORE