Blogging in Bangladesh:

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I received this email before the holidays and thought it was an opportunity for the NetSquared Community to share its knowledge.

(I have changed some of the spelling and order of words to make it a little easier to read):

Dear Bravo,

Hi! this is Shahid Mallick from Bangladesh. I have had my graduation and MSS in Anthropology from Bangladesh and now I am working with a small NGO in Bangladesh. Our ongoing projects are ICT and women empowerment in this project.  We are trying to disseminate information for women and children and provide very preliminary training on computing and use ICT. I am very much interest to use ICT for total social development. As you know Bangladesh one of the poor country in the world where literacy rate is 30 percent, though the government claims 60 percent, who only can draw their name, but don't know which one is what alphabet. And only 2.4 people read newspaper. However, we want to ensure access to information to poor and marginalized people and to create employment for economic and social uplift.

Please assist us how we can use ICT for social and you say blogging and other.

Thanking you
Truly yours
Shahid Mallick

Spam vs Email Introductions

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I've been thinking about beginning to more aggressively email people and organizations that I find on the web who I think might be interested in my podcast.  The conceived email would just include a short introduction and invitation to check out the show.

I'm sensitive about the unsolicited emails that I receive and this has me thinking, what is spam?  If I take the time to find people that I think might be interested in something that I am doing, and send an email to the person, should that exclude me from junk mail category?  What if I personalize each email?  What if I don't and just bcc every address?   If  the email is readily available on the web, does that mean that the person is open to receive  solicitations?

I Net2 . . .Because I Want Change

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Yup, that's me and my I Want Change sign at NetSquared's last Net Tuesday event. Start the New Year out by posting a photo of yourself with your sign or another photo that represents what you want to change for our world in NetSquared's Flickr group.

Here's how:

1. Log in to your Flickr account at If you don't have one already, it's free to set one up.
2. Upload your photo and tag it with “net2”.
3. On the top of the page, click on, "Groups".
4. In the, "Search for Groups" box write, "I Want Change!"
5. Click on the "I Want Change!" group with the Net2 icon.
6. Click on, "Join this group".  Now you are part of the, "I Want Change" group.
7. To add a photo to the group, go to your photos (on the top of the page click, "Yours")
8. Click on the photo you want to add.
9. Click on the "Send to Group" button on the top of the photo (light grey icon).
10. Click that, then choose the group you want to send it to, and you're done!

Why I net2

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I net2 because I have a strong interest in helping nonprofits with technology. I am especially interested in nonprofits related to education, health, and the environment.
I enjoy researching information on the internet about new technologies and how nonprofits are using them. As I find something new, I use the net2 tag and come up with possible ideas for case studies.

Since graduating college in 2004, my goal has been to find a technology position with a nonprofit in DC.  By keeping up with nonprofit technology news, I learned about new technologies and started using them. It's been a year now since I learned about blogging,
social bookmarking, rss feeds, and Flickr.  I can see how nonprofits can use these technologies to help with the missions of their organizations.

December 26th Marks Beginning of Remembrance Week: Let's All Participate

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Via Dina Menta come an announcement about Remembrance Week

The WorldWideHelp Group would like you to join us in Remembrance Week. It's designed to remember the one-year anniversary of the Tsunami as well as the other major disasters that stroke our world during the year.   They want to use the energy and power of the online community that came to together to help people impacted by these disasters and remind us that people are still suffering.

Interested in develoing the worldwide blogosphere? Here's an opportunity ....

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I met Katy Pearce via the Global Voices project and I'm going to participate in her blog mentoring project and you can too!

Here's the description:

Interested in developing the worldwide blogosphere? Like working with young people?

We are looking for bloggers from around the world to be a blogging mentor for 1 week sometime in February, March, April or May 2006.

The project, Young Caucasus Women, is a group blog for young women from the Caucasus region (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia). The young women will be given a topic to blog on each week, although they are welcome to blog on any topic throughout the week.

We need bloggers to blog on a specific topic on Sunday, hence inspiring the young women's blog entries. The topic and week need to be determined at least month in advance.

Then throughout the week, the adult mentor blogger would need to comment on the young women's blog postings.

THAT'S IT - simple, yet a project with a lot of impact.

You don't need any background in the region. Just be culturally sensitive, have a topic that would be of interest to international young women and have a blog. We'd love to have English language bloggers from around the world.

Back Berner

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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.


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