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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


Plenary: 11 am. Day 1, Gillmor

Democratizing the Media (a subject close to our hearts at Link TV) by  Dan Gillmor, Center for Citizen Media.  Dan puts a PowerPoint up on the screen and takes us through citizen journalism.  He tells us that CJ is the result of ubiquitous networks, lots of tools, and the fact that today, anybody can be a publisher.The hallmark of Democratized media is that it is a conversation, something most journalists are not good at.  There are new rules for this kind of media.

1.  Secrets emerge…get over it.

2.  What is “true” is about trust as well as accuracy. READ MORE


Net2Con: Conference Opening Challenge

How can you adapt technology to accelerate social action?

The conference stage was set by contextualizing our efforts as existing at a unique time in the evolution of technology.  Daniel Ben-Horin made the case that we are in the midst of a market shock within technology.  This shock was characterized as a shift from mass markets to technologies with their focal point on enabling individual people.  He spoke of a prior phase where organizations were concerned with getting stuff (equipment for basic infrastructure).  He sees this changing in favor of means to outfit people to more effectively collaborate.  READ MORE


Gabbly Channel Hack

So several NetSquared sessions are running using Gabbly.  That's great for me (believe it or not, I don't have an IRC client at my fingertips), and I also figured out how to create a chat room on the fly for further random conversations.  Just set up a Gabbly page on any URL - obviously, you probably want to use a NetSquared URL if talking about this conference.  See the example below:

Unfortunatley, Gabbly doesn't seem to support private messages.  Any ideas?  (Yes, besides, downloading an IRC client....  ;-)) READ MORE


Notes from Citizen Journalist talk in progress

Dan Gillmor

-- recovering journalist from the mass media
-- best reporting being done on Guanatanamo is being done by the ACLU -- mainstream media used to do
-- mass media is trying to co-opt, but can't suppress, because the barrier to entry is zero.

Democratized media that we can all participate in

  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Access

We now have a Read and Write web

Everybody can be a media producer
Pentagon is now doing podcasts

Convergence of media

Journalism has been a lecture, is turning into a conversation. READ MORE


At what point does Grass Roots + Personal Media = Social Change?

When we talk about how the opportunity for "grass roots" media use do we need to be more specific about what is possible? Doesn’t "grass roots" mean more than personal media makers? Doesn’t it imply collective action? We need more than media in the hands of thousands of people. Where is the mobilizing spark? How do we flick the Bic (lighter) and light the fire for colelctive ation and social change?



Net2Con: Opening Session

Large grey-green room with low ceilings and small flying saucer light fixtures.  I am in the back with the bloggers, of which there are many, many.  The Immoderator, Daniel Ben Horin, President and CEO of CompuMentor,  interviewing Angela Glover Blackwell, founder of PolicyLink and former Rockefeller Foundation VP, are flanked by two large screens with NetSquared in orange letters. LinkTV is filming the event from a single camera in the middle of the room.  Angela Glover Blackwell is  a striking African-American woman, articulate, self-assured, and broadly knowledgeable…a very good choice to open the conference. READ MORE