net2con: Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone! . . .

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Wiki samplePassion, purpose and need - don't start a wiki without these qualities. Adam points out that a wiki + work does not automatically = productivity. He also empasized that it needs to be simple. So simple tht it won't be a barrier to its own use. It can, but it must be something for which a wiki is well suited. Everything that they might use a whiteboard for would be a good use of a wiki. 

I can't tell you how many potentially great technology tools have been abandoned because they were started by those who are excited by the technology, but do not have a stustainable topic to keep the inertia going.  This relates to the conecpt that educators MUST make sure that teaching and learning are first in any implementation of the technology tool in the classroom.

Charity evaluation site - (Ning 'pre-test version' of Helpalot)

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Helpalot will be a site where you can have personal page stating what charities you support, who your friends are and much more. One element is evaluations.  You can read more about the project at

While I'm still working on writing down the details of the concept, I was easily able to set up a test version for the evaluation part.

What you can do on the Ning test site; Evaluate charities. It's as simple as that.

net2con: Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone! . . .

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Heddy described how their wiki became an "accidental resource" - they launched an organic tool for internal as well as external uses, and it has exploded as interested parties from around the globe have joined in, taken part and developed resources for their mission.

In doing so, they have become among the largest such resources on the web. I think it's an extraordinary example of technology having unanticipated outcomes. The challenge is getting this type of solution beyond the restrictive, yet justifiable barriers placed by educational institutions to protect students. There are many ways we can support educational use of wikis to have a similar usability and immediacy. Adam just described what I was writing as "the challenges are 'social, not technical.'" Spot on!

Ethan Zuckerman on African and what's really happening on the world wide web! My rough notes

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  • global voices edited aggregator
  • hao wu filmaker, blogger detained on feb 22, 2006
  • rebecca mckinnon co-founder
  • put up website to advocate
  • 8 emails
  • never met him !
  • started working with his sister
  • who ended up blogging
  • now translate blog
  • and know more about hao: mba, worked with earthlink, etc
  • lesson learned: don't speak, point!
  • and get out of the way!
  • 2 out 100 global voices bloggers in prison
  • there is a thriving African blogosphere, something that Sir Bob Geldof missed

OhMyNews - My rough notes

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  • every citizen's a reporter
  • founded february 2000, now have 42000 citizen reporters
  • web can be full multimedia news platform
  • 70% income from ads
  • 20% of content sales to portals
  • 10% from readers
  • launching ommynews japan, $11 million from SoftBank, will launch in August
  • pay $20 for main tab stories
  • $10 for section stories
  • have podcasts
  • iht posts links from OmN

Dan Gillmor on We Media - my rough notes

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  • tools perfect for what nptech is doing
  • establish media can co-opt but can't control
  • we can all participate
  • production, access and distribution have all been democratised
  • read/write web
  • not just blogs
  • proxy world for audio, video,
  • grassroots media is the norm not the exception
  • journalism has been a lecture
  • moving to something like a conversation
  • listen
  • secrets harder to keep
  • whether you ask people or not they will do it
  • citizen witness with a camera is not new i.e. 1 guy with camera at JFK

Howard Rheingold and Paul Saffo - My rough notes

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  • networks, emergent self organization,

Paul Saffo (real time anthropologists)

  • we invent our technology and then ourselves

What's next

  • howard: emergence of unpredictable disruptive blogosphere
  • katrina peoplefinder site (zack story)
  • immigration - LA immigration protestsorganized via myspace
  • open source - bengler's new book takes it beyond software
  • wikipedia
  • omidyar re-inventing philanthropy
  • SARS - 150 million SMS in 3 days to the way scientists self organized
  • Toyata building lateral networks among suppliers

Angela Blackwell- PolicyLink - my rough notes

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  • participation
  • build their own movement
  • set their own challenge
  • katrina, over 2 billion dollars donated
  • immigration rights gathering
  • and even American Idol :-)
  • making themelves seen and heard
  • the convenant with black america
  • last 7 years in cpan
  • 6 straight hours - "the state of the black union"
  • america coming together about race and poverty
  • rare time
  • combine tech with moral aspirations!
  • more tiers
  • policy = taking pre-emptive action to avoid a bad outcome
  • 50% online was glass half empty not full for people online

Opening Plenary - My rough notes

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  • The Social Web
  • We don't know what it will look like except that it will be different
  • This conference is about imagining that!
  • Imagine actions
  • Commit to it!
  • 7 sectors participating
  • 1. Philanthropists
  • 2. NGO
  • 3. American Non Profit
  • 4. Infratech
  • 5. Web Services Companies
  • 6. "Digerati"
  • 7. NPTAP - Non Profit Tech Assistance Providers
  • Index cards for: action items, write'em down and stick on bulletin boards;

Net2Con: Anyone Could Call - Cellphones in the Global South

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Hi, this is Ginny Hunt live-blogging from "Anyone Could Call: Cellphones in the Global South" at the NetSquared conference. I'll try to catch as much as I can as fast as I can - apologies in advance for any errors.

The session is being immoderated by Robert Frank, currently the VP of Strategy and Business Development at Banana Republic and CompuMentor Board Chair.

A bit about our speakers:

David Lehr, from Project Market Light at Stanford's Digital Vision Program, works with rural farmers in developing markets to deliver information on-demand, directly to cell phones.  Eric Sundelof is from the Reuters Foundation and, a cellphone platform for in-the-field reporting solutions for especially emerging markets. 


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