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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. 

 

 

 

Net2Con: $100 Laptop

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What's next for the $100 laptop?

Improving the operating system (currently a linux core) and installing a wiki server on each laptop for the collection of information.  

I love the idea of the wiki.  The community can centralize its knowledge and make it available to others.  What an amazing way to empower people that have to cope with survival daily.

Net2Con: $100 Laptop

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I'm geeking out right now.

I heard the crowd give a hushed "wow"!

When the $100 laptop is closed it continues to act as a router for all of the laptops in the village.  If one laptop gains a connection to the internet all the laptops gain access through the peer network.  This means even when the laptop is "off" it is not really "off".  It is running on a low level of energy to keep the network in tact.

If a woman or girl needs examples of how technology can have a postive impact on the world's people, this project is it.

Net2Con: $100 Laptop

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The $100 laptop does not have a harddisk.  The designers of the $100 laptop found that hd's are one of the first things that often break in a computer.  To get around this problem they are using Flash memory.

Flash memory  is a solid-state memory.  In the most basic way that means it has no moving parts.  The iPod uses it.

Over the last several months I've wondered why I have such a "big" hd on my laptop.  I have 60 GB, but honestly I don't use it so often now.  I put my documents on servers - at work, my isp, services like snapfish.  Really all I need regularly is an internet connection, a browser and a place on the web I can lay my docs.  

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