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Thursday 2/7: Silona Bonewald of League of Technical Voters

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  • Erica George
    Hi all, We ve got a great out of town guest for blog group this week - please help us give her a warm blog group welcome! Erica Come meet Silona Bonewald who
    Message 1 of 5 , Feb 6 2:39 PM
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      Hi all,

      We've got a great out of town guest for blog group this week - please help us give her a warm blog group welcome!

      Erica

      Come meet Silona Bonewald who is visiting from Austin Texas.  This gal has her hands full from founding the League of Technical Voters - a 501c3.  The league is focused on motivating techies to be more involved with the political process.  She is also working on the Transparent Federal Budget with Bill Bradley and Jimmy Wales.  (And
      would love to talk to y'all more about that project.) She helped bring Maker Faire to Austin. She lobbied successfully on muni WiFi for Texas and is currently working on a project to bring wifi to Austin.

      http://www.leagueoftechnicalvoters.org

      http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/bloggroup


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    • j Baumgart
      Heya! Yes, we re meeting this week. There s a lot of cool stuff upcoming and a bunch of links with this week s agenda, so I m going to be lazy and ask you to
      Message 2 of 5 , Feb 21 2:52 PM
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        Heya!

        Yes, we're meeting this week.

        There's a lot of cool stuff upcoming and a bunch of
        links with this week's agenda, so I'm going to be lazy
        and ask you to visit the post (at your leisure):
        http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/bloggroup/2008/02/21/20080221-proposed-agenda-gender-the-net-lots-of-misc/.

        The Boston Globe talked about women and design earlier
        this week. Today, The New York Times is on about
        teenage girls and the 'net because of a Pew Internet
        report. So ... we can talk about gender and the 'net
        tonight, if desired.

        On Monday, there's an FCC hearing at Harvard that's
        open to the public.

        **Next Thursday, we are shifting our meeting** so we
        can attend Clay Shirky's talk "Here Comes Everybody:
        The Power of Organizing Without Organizations." It's
        at 6 p in the Austin West Classroom in Austin Hall.
        Since a lot of us do some kind of organizing activity,
        Erica and I figure there'll be some interest in this
        talk within the group. We'll probably go out for
        dinner afterward for a discussion. If you can't arrive
        at 6 p, but want to join us for dinner, it's probably
        a safe bet we'll still be in the classroom around 7 p.

        Got it all?

        Blog Group
        7 p
        2nd Floor Conference Room
        23 Everett Street
        Berkman Center for Internet & Society
        Cambridge

        Don't forget we're meeting in Austin Hall next week at
        6 p.

        j
        blog group co-organizer
        http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/bloggroup/

        PS--Remember we're going to Clay Shirky's talk in
        Austin Hall next week at 6 p instead of meeting at Berkman.


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      • j Baumgart
        Hey there, As part of the Berkman@10 celebration, Clary Shirky presents “Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations” at 6 p in
        Message 3 of 5 , Feb 26 10:40 AM
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          Hey there,

          As part of the Berkman@10 celebration, Clary Shirky
          presents “Here Comes Everybody: The Power of
          Organizing Without Organizations” at 6 p in Austin
          West Classroom in Austin Hall at Harvard Law School
          this Thursday, 2/28. Since some of you are fans of
          this specialist in new technology and groups and a few
          of you are particularly interested in online
          organizing, combining blog group with this event makes
          sense. Stick around after the talk and we might grab
          food and debrief.

          Please make a note of the different time and location
          for this week's meeting.

          Clay Shirky's presentation “Here Comes Everybody: The
          Power of Organizing Without Organizations”
          6 pm
          Austin West Classroom
          Austin Hall
          Harvard Law School
          Details:
          http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/berkmanevents/2008/02/22/february-28-berkman10-clay-shirky-on-here-comes-everybody-the-power-of-organizing-without-organizations/

          Cheers!

          j
          blog group co-organizer
          http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/bloggroup/

          PS--Don't forget the different time and location for
          this week's meeting: 6 p in Austin West Classroom,
          Austin Hall.



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        • j Baumgart
          Hello, Tonight (2/27), Boston University s Free Culture organization hosts Pandora.com founder Tim Westergren at 7 p. Pandora is an online music site quite a
          Message 4 of 5 , Feb 27 12:47 PM
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            Hello,

            Tonight (2/27), Boston University's Free Culture
            organization hosts Pandora.com founder Tim Westergren
            at 7 p. Pandora is an online music site quite a few
            folks I know really like because of how it customizes
            what it plays based on what users want to hear.

            Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2008
            Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
            Location: Morse Auditorium
            Street: Commonwealth Ave
            More info:
            http://bu.freeculture.org/2008/pandoracom-founder-tim-westergren-coming-to-speak-at-bu/



            j

            PS--Don't forget: Blog group on Thursday, 2/28, is at
            6 p in Austin Hall because of Clay Shirky's talk.


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          • Shava Nerad
            ... I have to say, I heard Clay speak in Second Life at the Information Week sim and I was not positively impressed. His ideas about organizing seem largely
            Message 5 of 5 , Feb 27 1:13 PM
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              At 01:40 PM 2/26/2008, j Baumgart wrote:
              >As part of the Berkman@10 celebration, Clary Shirky
              >presents "Here Comes Everybody: The Power of
              >Organizing Without Organizations" at 6 p in Austin
              >West Classroom in Austin Hall at Harvard Law School
              >this Thursday, 2/28. Since some of you are fans of
              >this specialist in new technology and groups and a few
              >of you are particularly interested in online
              >organizing, combining blog group with this event makes
              >sense. Stick around after the talk and we might grab
              >food and debrief.

              I have to say, I heard Clay speak in Second Life at the Information
              Week sim and I was not positively impressed. His ideas about
              organizing seem largely recycled from my point of view, and his
              analysis of the Dean campaign (which I was in the middle of) is based
              on after-the-fact "accepted wisdom" media that followed on the "well,
              we really weren't to blame" shuffling in journalism after the
              mishandling of the Dean Scream event. I will be interested to hear
              what he has to say in discussion, as his interview by Mitch Wagner of
              IW was streamed in, but the amphitheater was looking at Mitch's
              avatar and an empty chair, as Clay apparently doesn't do SL, despite
              criticizing it in Valleywag for a couple years.

              http://valleywag.com/tech/second-life/a-story-too-good-to-check-221252.php

              Note particularly in this article (admittedly a bit old) how he says:
              >Per Howard [Rheingold in 1993], "MUDs are living laboratories for
              >studying the first-level impacts of virtual communities." Except, of
              >course, they weren't. If, in 1993, you'd studied mailing lists, or
              >usenet, or irc, you'd have a better grasp of online community today
              >than if you'd spent a lot of time in LambdaMOO or Cyberion City. Ou
              >sont les TinyMUCKs d'antan?

              His argument is M**s went nowhere and were of trivial impact, and
              therefore virtual worlds (SL in particular) will go nowhere and be of
              trivial impact.

              Somehow he misses that there's an apostolic succession between M**s
              and all MMOs and virtual worlds, including a consistency of personnel
              on various projects in the metaverse -- including myself and at least
              one other developer friend who is working in SL, whom I knew nearly
              20 years ago from DragonMUD d'antan.

              For those who are not familiar, ValleyWag is probably the primary
              repository of snark resources in Silicon Valley.

              I'll be nice, promise. ;)

              Yrs,

              --

              Shava Nerad, Matt "Fish the Magish" Fishman's beautiful assistant
              Shava Suntzu, Tuna Oddfellow's beautiful assistant in Second
              Life
              shava@...
              +1 617-767-6735 (cell)
              skype: shava23
              http://fishthemagish.net
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