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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.

Help us plan the NetSquared Conference

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We need your help planning the conference.

  • Who would you like to hear at the conference?
  • Who would you like to meet at the conference?
  • What would you like to talk about?
  • What would you like to learn?
  • How can the conference help us accomplish NetSquare's goals?

To give us your thoughts/suggestions/needs/desires, use our Conference Suggestion Box. Or, you can contribute to the Conference Discussion Blog.

To read about the Conference, including your suggestions and postings, see our Conference section

little brother is watching

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The New York Times runs a story this morning titled Google Offers a Bird's-Eye View, and Some Governments Tremble

...since its debut last summer, Google Earth has received attention of an unexpected sort. Officials of several nations have expressed alarm over its detailed display of government buildings, military installations and other important sites within their borders.

Poetic justice, if you ask me. They've been scanning us long enough!

Notes from abroad on TechSoup

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Our own Jody Mahoney sent in reports from WSIS (the World Summit on the Information Society conference held in Tunis in November).  Now she's written up her thoughts as Notes from Abroad: Human Rights and Web 2.0. Jody writes:

Freedom takes on a new meaning in a place where you encounter checkpoints and controlled entries at every turn; where sharpshooters cradling automatic weapons line the road for miles and armed police and national guardsmen are present everywhere.

raps

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Britt Bravo (see Accidental Techie), talks about the Net² community on Odeo. The sound is a bit echoey, but you can hear her OK. There are other raps by Marnie Webb and Chris Messina, all collected here. More of these, please.

This isn't exactly breaking news (in fact, I think it was mentioned somewhere here before), but I'd managed to miss these pages, so it was news to me. As was Odeo, which looks pretty neat. Please don't hurt me for admitting that I haven't beta tested every new tool that's hit the web in the last year -- I'm already clicking as fast as I can! <g>

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