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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


Net2Con: Making the Most of Disruption

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

participants: Howard Rheingold and Paul Saffo

immoderator: Lucy Bernholz READ MORE


Learning (and thinking there is no way to do this in schools as I know 'em)

Points that stand out from the morning plenary sessions. Both Rheingold and Saffo noted the importance of encouraging, supporting and guiding young people to use social media tools for concrete political action. Gillmor, Hong and Zuckerman demo-ed samples of good netizen-driven journalism and activism. Our abecedarian effort at Youth Voices has got a lot to learn and reconsider. That's obvious. But leaving aside for the moment the question of completely open vs. password-protected can learn these two things: 1. Yes, use editors! We knew that, but didn't have time to factor it in from the beginning. READ MORE


Plenary:11 am.Day 1, Zuckerman

Ethan Zuckerman,  Global Voices Project
Told us about Hao Wu, who was disappeared by the Chinese government for his blog.  He did not know Hao, he had 8 emails from him.  When Hao was detained, they were hesitant about advocating for his release, because of the family’s fears. But that changed, and they mounted a full court press, including getting and posting photos of his life.  

Don’t speak. Point.  It is getting easier for people around the world to speak on behalf of themselves.  Advocate’s best strategy is often just to point to those who are speaking on the web, and get out of the way. READ MORE


Xicanista - What does it mean?


A term introduced to the world by Ana Castillo in her book Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma.

It comes from the words "Xicana" and "Feminista". Xicana can also be written "Chicana". Feminista's english translation (I'm sure you could guess) is Feminist.

Put them together and you have Chicana Feminist.

What does it mean to be a Chicana Feminist? I hate defining it because it is an identity...and like all identities it is fluid. If you really want a definition check out and read Massacre of the Dreamers. You can formulate your own opinion. READ MORE


Ethan Zuckerman's Presentation

On advocacy and citizen journalism on his blog: READ MORE


From A Voice in The Wilderness to the Wisdom of Crowds

From A Voice in the Wilderness To The Wisdom of Crowds:  Citizen Journalism, Nonprofit Organizations, and Social Change.  Session description

These powerful should not be ceded to the mass media and have more power to the people in the room.  Let's take citizen journalism to the next level, putting the tools in the hands of people to tell their stories.

Dan Gilmor:  Overview of Citizen Journalism READ MORE


Citizen journalism presentations (Ethan Zuckerman rocked my world)

Michael Rogers

Mass media will try to coopt citizen journalism. Most will botch, a few will get it right.

Introduced Dan Gillmor, Eun-taek Hong, Ethan Zuckerman

Dan Gillmor

The best reporting being done on Guantanamo is by the ACLU. this is stuff the MSM used to do well. These tools are perfect for what you're doing.The mass media will try to adopt, co-opt, but can't control it. The barrier to entry is zero.

(someone's personal video of tsunami) Democratized media: not ability to vote, but to participate -- tools are in the hands of everyone who wants to use them, at least in the developed world READ MORE


Conference tracking in real time

A number of folks in the conference hallway have asked about options for tracking conference notes in real time. 

If you are looking for blog posts from NetSquared, you can find links to all the blog posts about the NetSquared conference here

And if you want to participate in real-time note sharing via wiki, Erin Denny has set up a pbwiki space here. (The password for the wiki is "net2".) We'll move those notes onto the NetSquared site once the conference wraps. READ MORE