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Updated session plan

Due to changes and additions in the participant list, here is our updated session plan for Saturday Dec. 11th:

9-10:30:
Intro: Rebecca and Ethan. Why we're doing this. How we'd like to use blogging and blog tools to help people in different countries hold more meaningful and direct conversations with each other. In the past people have depended on their national governments or national/multinational media to communicate with each other in a crude, agenda-distorted, group-to-group manner. Now people who aren't part of the wealthy jet-setting elites have opportunities to converse directly and understand each other better. We believe this has the potential to be very powerful.

…leading quickly into the meat of the session:
How to “bridge blog:” Led by the blogging brothers of Iraq: The Model. Also featuring Ory Okolloh and Isaac Mao. How do you explain what’s going on in a different place and culture to an audience that’s interested but inexperienced? How do you use digital tools to build links between people in different countries and cultures?

11-12:30:
Building a blogosphere: Leaders: Hoder, Jeff Ooi, and a “milblogger,” (name TBA soon). How do you build a blogging community in your country, language group, or other globe-spanning group? What kind of impact does this new kind of outlet for expression and mutual support have on a community of tech-savvy Iranians, Malaysians, or military people who feel disconnected from home and publicly misunderstood? How do you get around challenges like technical hurdles, government censorship, and language problems? What lessons can people learn for building their own blogospheres?

LUNCH.

2-3:30:
Tools: Led by Ethan and Kwin Kramer, with input from any other toolmakers in the room. An overview of various tools, not just blogs. A discussion about what we need in blogging tools and new uses for the tools we already have. UPDATE: We also hope that somebody from Spirit of America and Jeff Jarvis will talk about the new Arabic Blog tool project.

4-5:30:
Grand vision and Manifesto: Led by Joi Ito. Featuring Jim Moore, with heavy participation by everybody. The goal is to come up with a vision statement/manifesto that unites our efforts, gives some vision and coherence to the individual projects we’re all working on, and outlines an action plan for future projects.

EAT, DRINK, AND CELEBRATE…

7 comments

  • Hi, This is Jeff.

    Local media in Malaysia has started to publicise “Internet & Society 2004” and, in particular, “Global Voices Online”.

    1 ) The Star / In-Tech pullout (Nov 23, 2004)
    http://star-techcentral.com/tech/story.asp?file=/2004/11/22/technology/9449126&sec=technology

    Pushing the ‘new’ Fifth Estate

    Harvard Law School’s research arm Berkman Centre for Internet and
    Society is organising a conference next month on the many issue-based
    campaigns, emerging business models and new technologies that are
    affecting politics throughout the world.

    2 ) Malaysiakini (Nov 22, 2004)
    http://www2.malaysiakini.com/news/31555

    M’sian blogger to speak at Harvard conference

    Jeff Ooi, arguably Malaysia’s most influential blogger, has been
    invited by the Harvard Law School to speak at an international
    conference on the Internet, which will be held in Cambridge,
    Massachusetts, next month.

    Will keep you posted later.

    Cheers
    Jeff
    http://www.jeffooi.com

  • Question — For those unable to attend in person, will there be any real-time chats or online dialogue?

  • Hi Ron –
    I believe Friday’s conference sessions will be webcast – check cyber.law.harvard.edu for information. As for Saturday, we’re not able to webcast, but we’ll do some sort of IRC – we’ll announce the channel on the Global Voices blog when we bring the channel up Saturday morning.

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