Topic: The Internet and the World Wide Web
Scott Heiferman, founder of Meetup.com, explains how Meetup works, and how it can be used to set up face-to-face meetings for your own local volunteers.
This session teaches participants the essentials of successful blogging. What works. What doesn't. How to track the conversation flow and measure the impact of your own contributions using tools like Feedster, Technorati, Blogdex and Daypop.
Dan Gillmor, columnist, San Jose Mercury News, Jeff Jarvis, president & creative director, Advance.net, Jay Rosen, associate professor of journalism, NYU
The vote counting problems of the election in 2000 created much interest in improved voting systems. The natural inclination of many technologists would be to apply computer technology to the problem, but whether this can be done in a reliable and trustworthy way is a controversial subject. Many respected computer scientists don't think it can be done at all.
MoveOn.Org has become one of the largest and most effective advocacy organizations in the world, with more than two million members and a unique bottom-up style that allows the members to set the organization's priorities. Co-founder Wes Boyd explains the principles and internet-based tools that make MoveOn so effective.
How do we ensure that the "Second Superpower" Jim Moore proposes includes the poor as well as the rich? When a new democratic structure emerges from highly-wired westerners, how do we ensure it's fair and just for those currently unwired?
The man whose ground-breaking use of Internet-based campaigning propelled Howard Dean from obscurity to early front-runner, takes Teach-In participants inside the campaign's unconventional experiment in Internet politics.
His technology column for the San Jose Mercury News usually appears in the Business section, but Dan's self-assigned beat includes a personal blend of technology, economics, law, and civil liberties. In this IT Conversation, Dan gives his views on a broad variety of topics: the "copyright cartel," WiFi, VOIP, Linux, and electronic voting machines.
A self-described nerd, Craig has become somewhat of an international celebrity. He has been asked by San Francisco mayor-elect Gavin Newsom to join the mayor's transition team.
At the last minute, the U.S. federal government pre-empted stronger state legislation by passing the CAN-SPAM Act. It may not put a dent in spam, but it will place new requirements on every email message sent by companies, even those from individual employees.