Monthly Archives: June 2008

Global Voices and collective decisionmaking

How do 70 opinionated people from around the world make up their collective minds? Easy. They use an opinion spectrometer. After a day-long brainstorming meeting about human rights issues online and a two-day conference, the Citizen Media Summitt, we’re now … Continue reading

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China, bias, misunderstanding

In putting together the Global Voices summit, the program sometimes ends up changing to reflect recent events. We added a panel a few weeks ago focused on the Chinese blogosphere and issues of bias, misunderstanding and miscommunication. It’s become very … Continue reading

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GV Summit: Elections and citizen media

If you’re not with us here in Budapest, please join us on the video stream. All the coverage is archived, which means that if you’ve got a very dull weekend planned, you could spend at least 20 hours with us. … Continue reading

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Rising Voices at the Budapest Summit

I’ve spent the last two days as the MC of the Global Voices meetings in Budapest. It’s a deeply rewarding activity, as it means I get to be part of every conversation and listen in on every discussion. But it’s … Continue reading

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A quick update from the GV summit

Sorry for my comparative silence, friends. We’re alive and running at the Global Voices 2008 summit here in Budapest. There’s a hotel conference room packed with Global Voices authors and activists as well as with journalists from around Hungary and … Continue reading

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Global Voices Summit: The Open Net Initiative and internet censorship

We’re off and running at the Global Voices Summit in Budapest, Hungary. Depending on how you’re counting, this is a two day or a five day meeting. Two days of the meeting – tomorrow and Saturday – are open to … Continue reading

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PDF: Citizen Media – left, right, left, right…

I’m not much of a political blogger, unlike many of the folks at the Personal Democracy Forum conference. (Okay, that’s not true. I just write about African politics, not US issues, which puts me decidedly in the minority in this … Continue reading

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PDF: Visualizing the political blogosphere

If innovations in the citizen media community are shaping the political process, it’s worth looking closely at the structures and architecture of that new space. Two speakers at PDF specialize in visualizing and analyzing mass sets of data. Anthony Hamelle … Continue reading

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PDF: Rebooting the System

I’m in New York City today at the Personal Democracy Forum conference, the fifth iteration of a conference hosted by Andrew Rasiej and Micah Sifry on technology, democracy and innovations in both fields. It’s the sort of event that attracts … Continue reading

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Tsvangarai pulls out of Zimbabwe elections

On March 30th, I was at a dinner in Washington DC. Seated near me was a woman I’d just met, a Zimbabwean, and we spent much of the meal glued to my iPhone as election results came in from Zimbabwe. … Continue reading

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