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The guy who created the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, has (finally) started a blog on an MIT website. He writes...

In 1989 one of the main objectives of the WWW was to be a space for sharing information. It seemed evident that it should be a space in which anyone could be creative, to which anyone could contribute. The first browser was actually a browser/editor, which allowed one to edit any page, and save it back to the web if one had access rights.

Strangely enough, the web took off very much as a publishing medium, in which people edited offline. Bizarrely, they were prepared to edit the funny angle brackets of HTML source, and didn't demand a what you see is what you get editor. WWW was soon full of lots of interesting stuff, but not a space for communal design, for discourse through communal authorship.

Now in 2005, we have blogs and wikis, and the fact that they are so popular makes me feel I wasn't crazy to think people needed a creative space.

It comes as no surprise that this particular blog is getting lots of press from Day One.

Sharing 'UNconference' ideas

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Dear net2 community - whoever you (we) are!

I am a seasoned veteran when it comes to 'attending' 'un'conferences online (living in South Australia).  I am a newbie to this community and to facilitating conferences in general.  I have volunteered to help a local organisation with their conference here in Australia next year - especially with regard to the 'online' components.

I would love to swap ideas (hopefully publicly via a forum like this blog) and offer my services as a remote tester for the online components of your conference in May 2006.

Global Mentoring

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I met Lucy Hooberman, of BBC R&D at the Global Voices London Summit where I learned about her pledge on pledgebank.  (There was a lunchtime presentation of pledgebank).   

I, Lucy Hooberman, will mentor a minimum of two people in the developing world in the area of my skills base and expertise (media, communications, broadcasting , democratic media building, participatory media, community video). I will do this for free for a minimum of six months (in my free time). The mentoring will be in person or via email/skype and the mentoring connections will be established by a website and database that I am willing to take responsibility for creating but only if 250 other  people will mentor a minimum of two people in their skills.'

Net Squared Blogs Now Indexed in Technorati and Elsewhere

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Yay!  Aaron Pettigrew and I have figured out a work-around to get these blogs indexed, and thus findable, by the major blog search engines.  Last week I checked and was dismayed to discover that posts here were not appearing in Technorati, Google Blogsearch, Yahoo Blogsearch or several other key blog search engines.  For some reason the blogging software we are using wasn't "pinging" the search engines to let them know when we had new content posted.    No one knew why this wasn't happening.  It was a problem.

 

Center for Citizen Media

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Dan Gillmor, author of We the People, writes on Bayosphere...

Starting in 2006, I'll be putting together a nonprofit Center for Citizen Media. The goals are to study, encourage and help enable the emergent grassroots media sphere, with a major focus on citizen journalism.

I'm thrilled and honored that the center will be affiliated with two superb universities in a bi-coastal partnership.

  • Here on the Pacific Rim, where I live, the center will collaborate with the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. As an I.F. Stone Teaching Fellow, I'll do a class next fall, and my principal physical office will be at Berkeley as well.
  • Our Atlantic-facing partner is the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University Law School, where I'll be a Research Fellow. I'll visit there regularly -- at least once a month -- to work with other fellows, faculty and students. [more...]

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open source global social networks?

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Could the same principles that have made open source such a powerful force in the world of software and information systems also work in the sphere of governance? Famed billionaire financier George Soros seems to think so. Check out this site for a fascinating view of what the Open Society Institute is doing in the areas of Children & Youth, Economic Development, Education, Health, Human Rights, Law & Justice, Media, Arts & Culture, and Women. Here's a clip from the About page...

The Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grantmaking foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. On a local level, OSI implements a range of initiatives to support the rule of law, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, OSI works to build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as combating corruption and rights abuses.

Let Me Count the Ways

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We've got so much great stuff going on at NetSquared right now, let me count the ways you can be a part of it:

1. Post a photo of yourself in NetSquared’s “I Want Change” Flickr group,  with a sign (6 words or less) that describes what you believe is the most important change that needs to happen to make our world a better place.

2. Give us suggestions for conference topics using the NetSquared Conference Suggestion Box or by emailing net2(AT)techsoup(DOT)org, and using "Conference Topics" for the subject.

Mapping A Community Of Practice

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Interviewee: Steve Hargadon

Site discussed: http://www.refurbishedcomputers.us/

Service Used: http://frappr.com

Steve Hargadon is a commercial computer refurbisher based in Sacramento, California.  He sells computers to public schools in need of affordable resources and has worked in the past with Net Squared's parent organization, CompuMentor.

Some time ago Steve visited Canada and learned that the Canadian government's computer refurbishment program has supplied public schools across the country with about 25 % of their computers in use.  He found this quite inspirational, but was frustrated that there was insufficient infrastructure in the United States to donate such a large quantity of computers.  He believes that not enough networking has been done.

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