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Web 2.0 and Africa

Connectivity and ICTs in developing countries are contextualised by the “digital divide”. More than ten years ago, at a G-7 conference on the information society in February 1995 in Brussels, then deputy president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, pointed out that there were more telephone lines in Manhattan than in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. "Half of humanity has never made a telephone call," he said.

Although mobile communication and other applications are changing the telecommunications environment in Africa, given the topic of this session, the “digital divide” can be summarised as follows: READ MORE


Why your org would want to read RSS feeds: an interview with Robyn DuePree of Bloglines

Robyn DuePree is the Senior Product Manager at Bloglines, an company and one of the most popular RSS feed reading services online. In the following interview Robyn and I discussed the reasons why an organization would want its members to use a feed reader. Robyn will be leading a live online chat during the Net Squared conference on Wednesday. READ MORE


How Not to Lose Your Net2 Blog Posts

It has been great to have people post introductions of themselves on this blog.  Unfortunately, a few people have lost their posts because Drupal doesn't allow you to save drafts.

If you are writing a long, juicy post with lots of links that would be a drag to reconstruct, try using a blog editor like Notepad, Performancing, Wbloggar, or Ecto to write your post, and then post it on Net2.  If you write for another blog that allows you to save posts as drafts, you may want to write the post in that program, and then paste it into the Net2 blog when you're done. READ MORE


Dinner: Open source computing, Monday eve

Hi, folks,

I'm a brand-new Technology Analyst at CompuMentor, and I'm excited to be working and attending the Netsquared conference this week.  My on-site participation will begin with a hosted discussion-focused dinner about open-source computing, held at the Tomatina Santa Clara restaurant at 3127 Mission College Blvd. in, you guessed it, Santa Clara, California.  We'll start at 5PM and wind up by 7PM.

Some helpful links: 

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web2.0 & human rights: the benefits & threats of an architecture of participation

Here's some notes for the session 'Human rights and new communication technologies: building an architecture of participation'.

 If you haven't heard of 'an architecture of participation' it's one of the original web2.0 buzzwords. (I picked it up from the o-reilly article that started a lot of the hype: So that's what web2.0 mostly means for me: a chance to up the level of human rights activism by riding a wave of user participation. In the first place this is about increasing people's engagement with Amnesty by giving them ways to contribute; beyond that, it's about matching the social network side of web2.0 to the task of building a movement of activists. We don't yet know what this will look like, except that it will be different to Amnesty's traditional activist model (e.g. local letter writing group). Most of our ecampaigning is really just online letter writing - actions taken by individuals. If we use web2.0 ways to connect these people we open this out to a social network which can spread. Perhaps, for Amnesty, the social network is another route to solidarity. Certainly we hope it will lead to new forms of activism, especially ones that connect the online to the offline, empowering people to do something small but extraordinary for human rights. READ MORE


Roland Tanglao, Chief Blogging Officer of Bryght

Hi: I am Roland Tanglao, Chief Blogging Officer :-), of Bryght. We provide the Drupal backend to the NetSquared site. As part of the largest commercial entity associated with Drupal, I can contribute to the discussion on tools, technology and open source for non profits as well as software companies. But mostly, I am at NetSquared to learn from you all and to do a few podcasts, videoblogs and blog posts. Grab me if you want to do a 10 minute or less podcast or videoblog! READ MORE


Can blogging stop genocide?

First, I want to thank NetSquared for offering me and the Genocide Intervention Network the opportunity to attend this critical event. I had written out my introduction earlier this week, but due to a browser mishap lost nearly all of it and haven't had time to re-write it until now.

GI-Net is a nonprofit based in DC that is a little more than two years old. We began as a student group at Swarthmore College with an idea: to change the way the world responds to genocide. In her groundbreaking and Pulitzer Prize–winning book, “A Problem From Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide, Samantha Power surveys the U.S. response to genocides in the twentieth century and discovers that, above all, the reason the United States so often failed to act, or to act too late or ineffectively, was simply because there was no political will. In essence, it was easier for presidents and members of Congress to do nothing while genocide was being perpetrated and apologize for it later, than risk political capital taking action.

As a result of our origins as a student group, we have a strong history in using online social networking and viral campaigns, and this continues even as we branch out into other constituencies. In our first year of existence, we raised a quarter-million dollars for peacekeepers in Darfur — the only NGO to raise money for protection rather than humanitarian aid — primarily through student networks, both actual and virtual. In my work for GI-Net, I am heavily influenced by Howard Rheingold, Christian Crumlish's The Power of Many, Marty Kearns and Network-Centric Advocacy and similar movements.

How can online activism build a movement that prevents and stops genocide? Read on...



Timothy Moenk: Futurist and world changing idealist living in the 3d Web!

I work with the Acceleration Studies Foundation as the director of the Future Salon Network.  Future Salons are monthly meetings (much like Net Tuesday events!) where we explore trends and innovations in science, technology, business, and society.  The main goal behind the Future Salon Network is to create a global community of future oriented individuals who are better equipped to navigate our rapidly changing world.  Check us out in a city near you! READ MORE


See you soon

Hi, I'm Sandra Whisler, the Managing Director and member of the executive team at Compumentor. I've was the launch director for (1999 seems so long ago!). Before that I was the director of electronic publishing at University of California Press, where I had the dubious accomplishment of creating a collaborative publishing effort with the UCBerkeley library in gopher (remember gopher?). . .
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for communities that focus my energies right now. See you at Net2!
Cheers, Sandra READ MORE


Phil Klein, web tools, nonprofit communities and networks

I'm enthusiastically looking forward to netsquared to mix it up with you to learn and share and muddle over the gray matter of the evolving web.

I am the dev lead for NPower's TechAtlas for nonprofits, WebJunction's TechAtlas for libraries, TechFinder, and CTCFinder. I'm trying to see how net2 approaches apply to these tools, and what the business & philanthropy cases are for investing in these approaches that can be woven into future strategy. READ MORE