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Subject: [Discuss] OneWebDay, Sept. 22 - next Saturday
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2007 16:22:04 -0400
From: WWWhatsup <joly@...
OneWebDay, Sept. 22, is an Earth Day for the internet.
Heres a very short overview video that will give you the idea
and a Rocketboom interview
about OneWebDay http://www.rocketboom.com/vlog/rb_07_aug_20/flash.
first OneWebDay took place in 2006.
Its easy to take the web for granted. But its worth taking a moment
to reflect on what the web could mean to humankind in the future.
Thats the purpose of OneWebDay, held each September 22.
There are substantial threats to the free flow of information online,
all over the world. Many governments censor online content. (see
). Many people in developing nations cant get
online at all. We need to ensure that the internet used by future
generations will be open and empowering access to the internet is
central to the future of humanity.
The idea behind OneWebDay is to encourage people to think of
themselves as responsible for the internet, and to take good and
visible actions on Sept. 22 that (1) celebrate the positive impact of
the internet on the world and (2) shed light on the problems of access
and information flow.
OneWebDay is a global, decentralized event. Were encouraging people
around the world to meet up on Sept. 22 to talk about how the web
could change lives around the world in the future. Were aiming for at
least fifty of these events, and thanks to the Internet Society and
others weve already heard from Poland, Italy, Colombia, the
Philippines, Bulgaria, Kenya, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Belgium, Ethiopia,
Tunisia, and other countries. In the US, there will be events in Los
Angeles, Boston, Austin, and New York.
Click on http://www.onewebday.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
page to see
These events can range from sponsoring a teaching event (how to edit a
wiki, how to post a photo online etc) to helping a school or town set
up internet connections, to having a panel of speakers talk about the
ways the world has been/will be changed by the internet. Were working
with the Internet Society and the Internet Archive to encourage these
offline events, but anyone not affiliated with these groups is more
than welcome to get involved. In the US, the American Libraries
Association, the Sunlight Foundation, the Center for Democracy &
other groups are working on OneWebDay-related announcements and
If readers would like to stage an offline OneWebDay event, let us know
what youre thinking of, and well make sure
theres a wiki page for you on onewebday.org to help your planning.
*Online,* were encouraging people to make their own short videos and
post them on blip.tv or youtube or dotsub.com tagged onewebday2007?.
+ how the web has changed your life
+ how youd like the web to change the world in the future
+ highlights of what youve seen online the day you make the video
+ your favorite online event ever
+ something youve done online with other people in other countries
The internet is made of people, not just machines. Its up to us to
protect it. We can use OneWebDay around the world to raise awareness
of the threats to the internet including censorship, inadequate
access, control of various kinds and to celebrate the positive
impact of the internet on human lives.
Specifics for NY:
New York City, 3-4pm, Washington Square Park Speakers to include Jimmy
Wales, founder of Wikipedia; Andrew Baron, founder of Rocketboom; Dana
Spiegel, NYCWireless; Birju Pandya, charityfocus.org; Lauren Klein,
One Laptop Per Child.
Rain Location: For Your Imagination, 22 West 27th Street, 6th Floor,
New York, NY 10001
Sept. 22, Noon to 2:30pm, free public classes in honor of OneWebDay at
NYUs Interactive Telecommunications Program, 721 Broadway, 4th Floor
(cross street Waverly Place), *must rsvp at itp@...
Subjects to include:
-how to build a router antenna and turn your home into a neighborhood
-how to live stream video online
-how to set up a blog and podcast
-all about Creative Commons
Plus, the iCommons/OneWebDay Party: part of 50 Great Parties Around
Date: Sept. 22
Place: For Your Imagination, 22 West 27th Street, 6th Floor, New
York, NY 10001
Who should attend: Anyone who likes the internet and its
transformative effect on human lives
Why you should attend: The internet is under threat around the
world, and its up to us to celebrate and protect it.
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