Kaarli Tasso <kaarli[at]gmail.com>
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In addition to the annual OneWebDay celebration (see pix | see webcast | listen to speeches | read Minutes) which was again held in Washington Sq. Park on Sep 22, New York netizens were active over the prior weekend participating in two pre-OneWebDay events, a symposium (see pics| listen to audio) and a party on Saturday Sep 19. (More about OneWebDay | Press release| More info)
You can participate in OneWebDay by 1) coming to our events or watching online | 2) signing this pledge | 3) using the tag #OWD09 in your twitter / facebook status updates. Warren Weaver Hall (Courant Institute) A symposium featuring: "What Broadband Is And Why We Need It " "The Role of NYCwireless" "Community Fiber - How citizens can take control of connectivity" "Policy is the New Literacy." "Canaries in the Digital Coal Mine: How Senior Citizens Are Helping Broadband Activists Get It Right." * This event will be webcast.
Warren Weaver Hall (Courant Institute)
A symposium featuring:
"What Broadband Is And Why We Need It "
"The Role of NYCwireless"
"Community Fiber - How citizens can take control of connectivity"
"Policy is the New Literacy."
"Canaries in the Digital Coal Mine: How Senior Citizens Are Helping Broadband Activists Get It Right."
* This event will be webcast.
Saturday, September 19 6-10pm:
Open Source / Open Culture: "From Software to Everywhere" party
Where:The Open Planning Project
This year, we will make Software Freedom Day one to remember by reaching out not only to the free and open source software world, but the community at large. Our production model, our ethos, and our focus on transparency, running code and the freedom to share are spreading beyond software to other areas of culture, including government, media, science, and the arts. We want to make the most of these cross-disciplinary pursuits by coming together to create new opportunities and rekindle old friendships.
The event will feature lightning talks by a range of speakers (including Debian Developer Micah Andersen, Bkrpr's Ian Sullivan, Figment's Kevin Balktick, MakerBot's Bre Pettis and Sita Sings the Blues auteur Nina Paley) designed to address the multifaceted efforts of open culture in New York. These speakers will cover a variety of topics, but all share one theme: currently active projects that are going to change the world. The idea is "From Software to Everywhere". Each talk is an invitation to participate.
Tuesday, September 22: 12-2pm
OneWebDay Celebration in Washington Square Park
Where: Holley Plaza, Washington Square Park NYC (just west of the fountain)
Medhi Saharkhiz, a member of Where is My Vote, will speak on the situation in Iran and the role the internet has played in allowing voices to be heard.
Hon Gale A. Brewer, New York City Council member, and Chair of the Technology in Government Committee, will speak on her views regarding the role the web will play in New York's future.
Phil Ashlock, of The Open Planning Project will speak on the open government effort in NYC: people working with technology and civic institutions to help make the functions of the city more transparent and participatory.
NYCwireless will be hosting a BREAKOUT session BREAKOUT is a month long festival (Sep 17 - Oct 16) that aims to return creative work back to the streets of New York. BREAKOUT will provide tools and processes for working together - free wireless access, portable furniture, collaboration software, and more!
Aeroplane Pageant - up and coming New York indie rock
* This event will be webcast.
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Tuesday, September 22: 3.30-4.30pm
OneWebDay NYC 2008 Screening on Manhattan Neighborhood Network
Where: Ch. 67
Speakers: Susan Crawford, John Perry Barlow, Jonathan Zittrain, Craig Newmark, Lawrence Lessig and others.
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About OneWebDay: OneWebDay was founded in 2006 as an all volunteer campaign to build an active community of Internet advocates in the United States and around the world. Originally imagined as a celebration of the World Wide Web - the services and content the Internet carries - OneWebDay has grown into a movement of organizations, citizens and consumers who are committed to universal and equal access to the Internet. Now in its fourth year, OneWebDay has a full-time Executive Director, powerful new partners and is planning events in 50 cities across the globe in 2009.
OneWebDay events planned for other U.S. cities include: a documentary screening in Milwaukee; a policy panel on Capitol Hill in Washington; city leaders in Philadelphia on its broadband grant; elected officials and a Cajun band in Lafayette.
OneWebDay takes place annually on September 22, marked by a variety of activities, with a new theme each year. The 2009 theme is "One Web. For All" and focuses on volunteer service and expanding opportunity. In addition to convening public forums where topics related to Internet access and availability will be discussed, OneWebDay organizers are going out into their communities to provide hands-on help with training and infrastructure. The Internet is the means by which increasing numbers of Americans earn a living, receive an education, consume goods and services and participate in their democracy. Still, the United States ranks 15th among developed nations when it comes to broadband deployment. "Everyone understands that the Internet is the pathway to economic opportunity, from educational achievement to success on the job," said Nathaniel James, OneWebDay Executive Director. "We can't afford to leave anyone behind."