Damn! This should be where I am now but alas back in Istanbul, blogging about it… Enjoy the feast Onnik and other friends there… The Summit can be followed thru Twitter #gvsummit2010….
To close the first day at the Global Voices 2010 summit, Bob Boorstin from Google and Ivan Sigal of Global Voices announce the Breaking Borders award. We?re inaugurating the award this year, which offers $10,000 grants to projects and individuals that support freedom of expression, recognizes it as a fundamental human right and connects freedom of expression to governance. Google and Thompson Reuters are providing support for the award, and Global Voices and Google have convened a jury to select the recipients.
It’s said that change comes through the concerted efforts of small groups of people who dream of better times ahead. And then do something about it.
Today in Santiago, Chile, Google and the group Global Voices recognized three groups from around the world who are fighting for free expression online from Africa to Asia with the first “Breaking Borders” awards. These awards, supported by Thomson Reuters, are meant to honor those who are using the Internet to give voice to those once silenced, make the activities of governments more transparent, and standing up for the rights of dissidents.
from Global Voices Online by Vadim Isakov
Whatever your philosophy about ?doing good? may be, there can be no denying that part of the power of human, animal, and environmental rights campaigns is tied largely to their ability to mobilize people into action for the cause. And while Facebook may seem like the ideal venue to engage millions of connected users in an activity for the greater good, there are several pitfalls that Facebook activism can fall into.
Wondering exactly why people are so pissed about Facebook’s latest display of contempt for user privacy? The Electronic Frontier Frontier Foundation’s Kurt Opsahl has a good, short article explaining just what’s going on with the new “Connections” anti-feature:
The company’s epic battle over a missing iPhone is only the latest in series of contretemps.
After a few months of planning and one very disruptive earthquake, we’re now less than 10 hours from starting this year’s Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2010. For those of you who are here in Santiago with us, we will be delighted to see you tomorrow morning at the beautiful Santiago Public Library. For those of you who will be participating online, there are several ways to stay engaged throughout both days of the summit.
The study of humanity is in its infancy. Think about it. Most anthropologists can trace their lineage from their advisors back to the originators of the modern discipline in 3-4 generations. I got to Talcott Parsons in three skips. (If you know whom instructed Parsons please help me fill out my family tree). That is 100 or so years. Other important historical events were occurring a little over 100 years ago included the balkanization of indigenous peoples on reservations, like in the American West, for instance. Anthropology is so young. The void of knowledge about our species should be terrifying. This youthfulness is all the more obvious when one looks at a semi-ridiculous reduction of anthropological accounts of indigenous digital media.
Stock markets around the world took a beating today due to fears about Greece?s latest financial and credit woes. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted roughly 1,000 points and snapped back; other financial indicators are shaky, as well.
Call to the Harvard Community
Papers on International Dimensions of Cybersecurity
Harvard Law School Professor Jack Goldsmith is issuing a call for papers on the international dimensions of cybersecurity, broadly conceived. The topic potentially can be approached from any perspective, including law, policy, economics, technology, etc.
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