Conference tracking in real time

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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.

Plenary: 11 am. Day 1, Gillmor

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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.

Net2Con: Conference Opening Challenge

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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. 

Gabbly Channel Hack

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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....  ;-))

Notes from Citizen Journalist talk in progress

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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.

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

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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

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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.

Net2Con: Different kinds of elites (and different kinds of elitism)

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In his NetSquared presentation with Howard Rheingold, Paul Saffo said that social movements, online and otherwise, "need elites" in order to effect change.

At first, this struck me as a popular myth — that social movements never accomplish things through activism alone — when in fact that's been pretty spectacularly disproven.

But then Paul continued, and said that what he meant was "thought leaders" like Dr. King — an instructive example, since his oratories and marches were supported by a network of churches and supporters and specific strategic planning that made his leadership possible. Read on...


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