Pamela McLean is leading another of our Thursday online chats at
on August 2, 2007, 4:30 pm Nairobi time,
2:30 pm London, 6:30 am California. See:
All are welcome!
Her topic is "using Photos and Video to share our Stories" (or as she
says, "Evidence, Evidence, Evidence").
We'll go through her ICT4D checklist:
* I for Information: What is the content, experience, ideas that we wish
* C for Communication: Who are the people who have something to share?
* T for Technology: What are the cameras that we are using and how do we
upload to the Internet?
* 4 for What for?: We're interested to post videos at YouTube from
grass-roots projects in Africa. What other goals do we have?
I'm very interested to work together with David Sasaki and others at
Rising Voices. David perhaps you or Alive or Eduardo or Serina might
lead one of our Thursday chats? or choose another day of the week? We
generate a public archive of our transcripts:
Also, I'm writing a new proposal to create software to help those with
marginal Internet access participate by downloading activity from their
online community (letters, wiki page, chat archive - typically 1 MB per
week) onto their flash drive so they could read it at home, and then
uploading their reponses. Then the responses could be forwarded further
by online assistants (such as Sasha Mrkailo in Serbia for whom our
Minciu Sodas lab provides a stipend). This opens up many business
opportunities for knowledge work that could be done by people with
limited Internet access (for example, writing or editing Wikipedia
articles, creating websites, collecting stories). In particular, people
could download information about creating wireless networks. One
strategy I'm promoting is relevant for people like Samwel Kongere who
have to walk 5 km to get to the Internet. I encourage him to build a
local wifi network serving his home (an access point is 100 USD) so that
he can link up with neighbors. As he gets skilled at building out his
network he will in two or three years make it all the way to the access
point where he can link up with the Internet itself. In order for this
to work they will need lots of information about wireless as it is a
knowledge intensive skill. So the software system I am proposing should
fuel the creation of do-it-yourself, expand-as-you-use, low capital
wireless networks, as well as the necessary skill sets.
Our Minciu Sodas lab is participating in the European Union's new
thematic network for the Public Domain, COMMUNIA. We're having our
first meeting in Torino, Italy in late September. I will be working
especially on ethical expectations for the Public Domain. I appreciate
discussion on this issue. The European Union might one day offer an
alternative to the status quo in America. This is also an opportunity
to draw attention to how we try to develop the public good with our work
and what obstacles we face.
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