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Suggested: Another Net2: Content and Tools for the Developing World

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I just posted a suggestion at Next Action, involving:

Create a Net2 sub-community focused on Content and Tools for the Developing World. The post is at suggested Next Action

  • Continue this Net2 process, replicating the format of this Net2 meeting, with its excellent range of online community-creating tools.
  • Narrow the focus to: developing countries
  • Deepen the focus to include community radio, book search, etc
  • Hold a meeting similar in structure to this first Net2 meeting.
  • Hold

Lots O' People at the NetSquared Conference

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I'm at a loss for words, so a photo from yesterday's plenary will have to suffice.  Over and over I hear people say, "what an incredible mix of people", and "everyone is so friendly and nice."  Seems like people arrived ready to share, build and collaborate as well as to listen and learn.

Or maybe it is the enormous quanitity of cake available that is making everyone so happy:

 

Grassroots, Netroots, and the End and Beginning of Politics

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Micah:
Democracy is changing – new tools, new strategies, new ways of thinking
The cost of finding like-minded souls and banding together around a common cause is almost zero
Network means something very different from the days of CBS, NBC, ABC
People want to be heard
Members expect more of a say
Readers want to talk back to journalists/editors
Citizens demanding more transparency and responsiveness from their governments

People are attracted to participation – more than writing checks to support a cause – also realizing they can be co-creators.

So the session question – how can we adapt to this?

Grassroots and netroots

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Tools for moving a message are evolving a huge pace. The limited access of the past is giving way to participation. Different expectations happening with communication and with advocacy base, according to Micah Sifry. The base of advocates is expecting more transparency and participation about where things go. So the topic is about how to amplify messages by involving more people with traditional media strategies. The recommendation is that a solid communication strategy should involve about any medium you can think of.

Grassroots and netroots

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Tools for moving a message are evolving a huge pace. The limited access of the past is giving way to participation. Different expectations happening with communication and with advocacy base, according to Micah Sifry. The base of advocates is expecting more transparency and participation about where things go. So the topic is about how to amplify messages by involving more people with traditional media strategies. The recommendation is that a solid communication strategy should involve about any medium you can think of.

URGENT: WANT TO START A COMMUNITY RADIO STATION?

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Now is the time for your organization to consider starting a community radio staiton. In the Spring of 2007 the FCC is expected to open a filing window for ownership of new non commercial eduacaiton radio staitons or an NCE. Why is this important?

This is lilkely to be the last opportunity in our lifetimes that this window will open. If your organization has ever considered starting a station now is the time. There are several resources availabe for you. In a nutshell, this means that you need to hire a broadcast engineeer to find out if a frequency is available in your area. This costs around $2000.00 and then you need to hire a broadcast atorney to help with your application.

Too much good stuff

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This is impossible to keep up with. Great session on the Media Lab's $100 Laptop. Michail Bletsas and Michael Brown. Highlights:

  • 50% of the world's kids don't have electricity at home
  • learning happens not just with teachers - learning happens with communicating and doing
  • the internet was not meant to be mediated by servers (Shades of Mark Bernstein's puzzlement at educators' concern about hosting from edBlogger 2003. Is there never any progress?)
  • main goal is to get the kids to create their own content
  • teachers are the bottleneck - building a teacher infrastructure is a waste of time, they learn slower - best to get them out of the way

And OK, OK, once again the emphasis on hand-helds, on cell phones. I resist and resist and it's probably time to cave in and buy one. For what - spam students with news of new library books? spam staff with news of summer tech training opportunities? Hah!

The $100 laptop

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This project has been talked about a lot. Interesting presentation was from Michail Bletasas, a MIT engineer working on the project. Besides the technical challenges, there are the social issues. The idea is to put a simple laptop into the hands of children in many developing countries. The capabilities of children is important to the idea. Children explore and learn without manuals; they learn from each other; the point is not just to receive information but to develop a core of kids that are part of the future of the cultures involved. Key is a using a wireless mesh networking system so the users are not dependent entirely on massive server systems. They expect software to be open source. There are soures of information out there for cultures if the the channels to get them to people can be developed.

Accessibility - make it happen!

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If you are trying to solve accessibility barriers for your software and / or Web 2.0 site, we will host a round table during the 3:15 sessions.  Anyone having accessibility interest, expertise or phobia...come join me and Glenda the Goodwitch for a lively problem solving session. 

 

 

 

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