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.  

Open Standards for Identity and Datasharing

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I have talking about this throughout the conference.

Free the Data

Data interoperability and Open Standards so that people who own the data have control.

Planetwork has been working on this for a while - we published the Augemented Social Network white paper in 2003 about the vision of the Social Web.  Members of our community have been involved in the development of and the first implementations of two Open Standards at OASIS (one of the three internet standards bodies - IETF and W3C being the others). eXtensible Resource Identifier XRI   and XRI Data Interchange XDI. Datasharing creates the Data Web.  Boeing and Visa are involved in these efforts along with civil society interested parties.  (xri) i-names is a namespace for people and organizations governed by The first major implementation is being done in a large international women's nonprofit OoTao is a company leading the way in implementing in this space.

Working with African orgs on Web 2.0: an interview with Tobias Eigen of Kabissa

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Tobias Eigen is the founder of Kabissa - Space for Change in Africa, a nonprofit tech assistance provider based in DC/Seattle. Kabissa began providing web hosting and domain services for African organizations in 1999 and today does training-the-trainers capacity building. They are looking to next move into online social networking tools to facilitate information sharing and networking among African civil society organizations. We sat down at the Net Squared conference for the following interview.

Social Networking for Social Change... Missing pieces

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I've been thinking a lot lately about the best way to go about networking groups of people who share common interests or experiences, whether it's conference attendees, trip alumni, organization members, or whomever. Which is why I showed up at this Online Social Networks panel. I was hoping for some new ideas on how to establish better online linkages and communication channels between the spokes and individuals of an organization.

So I asked the panelists how they'd advise or approach networking a group like Net2 participants. Dimitri responded by suggesting that my question was missing the point because we're already networked through existing social web tools like tagging which enable us to find any content related to Net2. And Ginger added that it's not about the tools, it's about the community.

Net2Con: Social networking systems: chat rooms on steroids or a real tool for social change?

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Hi, this is Ginny live-blogging from Social Networking Systems at the NetSquared conference. Where do we start with the hot topic of social networks in one hour?

Like a lot of the sessions today, this was a chance to throw out some ideas, answer some questions and pose thoughts for next steps on how to use social networks to make change.

The best point made in the session is that to understand any community - whether an online social network or an offline grassroots group - we have to listen to our audience and appreciate the unique culture that any community has. Since only a small part of our community is sitting in this room, consider these points below as open questions for your answers and ideas.

Net2Con: Free and Low-Cost Wireless

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Free and Low-Cost Wireless Session

(disclaimer - a lot of this session was over my head and so i am not going to pretend that these notes are awesome. if you were there and you have suggestions, please post them in the comments!)

Jim Forster
Chris Vein
Esme Vos
Lauren-Glenn Davitian

Jim Foster

Bottom of the Pyramid and ITC- even poor people spend money on communications. Even the poorest will spend 5% on communications.

- communication leads to transparency, which leads to less corruption, and better government

Mesh Networking - wireless nodes with clever routing to pick the best path

Notes on Gender and the Social Web session

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Notes on Gender and the social web

Fran Maier, CEO of eTrust

(came in late) Women need to do the deal.

Christine Herron, Omidyar Network

Technology conferences -- tend to be 10% women, If you aren't present at the conversation, aren't there in building the architecture. Example, gender isn't part of the whole online identity discussion. Social Networking

Catherine Geanuracos, MomsRising

Experience around online organizing and politics. Women are better at dialog, actually talking to each other, not at each other. MainstreamMoms. What would it mean to have women drive social networking portion of organizing tools, allow for lateral and bottoms up communication.


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