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Technorati ... way too much good stuff!

The "search tags" function ... how is one supposed to stop?! Worse than salted peanuts ...

''Authority'', in Peter Morville's blog.

Some thoughts on back channel and intermediated conferences" is the latest in Nancy White's ''Online Interaction Blog'' ... hosted by her Full Circle Associates.

Peter Levine (see his blog) is Deputy Director of CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement - www.civicyouth.org. He is also a research scholar at the Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy; both sites are housed in the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy. I formerly worked for Common Cause ("Holding Power Accountable")." His page on The Internet: Research and Civic Work carries a double handful of good links, such as Democracy and education research, publications, articles, workshops and programs. He also points to something he wrote for National Civic League and others.

Just found: The Information Architecture Institute

Ooooh ... is there anything like OmniGrapple for WinX? (see Michael Angeles' ''information_work_blog'')

And while I'm at it: Wink makes producing demo Flash presentations dead easy. Really. And it's freeware!

And also, from Thomas Fuchs (his blog - mir.aculo.us): web 2.0 javascript; script.aculo.us - "provides you with easy-to-use, compatible and, ultimately, totally cool JavaScript libraries to make your web sites and web applications fly, Web 2.0 style." Yaa ... "Disappointed by current web application frameworks making no sense to me, I set out on a search for the perfect underpinnings of my web sites and web apps. I think I've found it." ... yaa, what he said!

Civic communications resources

from Global Voices 2005 London Summit (Wiki)
  • Civiblog - Free blog hosting for global civil society organizations
  • Blogsome - Free blog hosting on a wordpress server
  • WordPress - Free open source blogging tool
  • Ourmedia - get your content hosted for free
  • Techsoup - resources for nonprofits
  • iPodder - Free cross-platform podcast receiver
  • Fire Ant - Free video search & download

Also of note: The Personal Democracy Forum (personaldemocracy.com) - "your place to meet the people who are making that change happen, discover the tools powering the new civic conversation, spot the early trends, and share in understanding and embracing this dynamic new force."

NB: "Financing Volunteer Free Software Projects" ... and then there's Get Lussumo Vanilla, "a new kind of web forum".

By Marc Canter (who founded MacroMind, which became Macromedia): "Breaking the Web Wide Open!".

  • Ourmedia.org: "We provide free storage and free bandwidth for your videos, audio files, photos, text or software. Forever. No catches." See also: OurMedia developers / tool project
  • Civiblog.org : "a one-stop-site for global civil society. We are devoted to providing an avenue to broaden the discourse of global issues. We are tapping into two explosive movements at once: 1) the growth of the publicly driven non-governmental sector and 2) blogging"
  • The Citizen Lab: "an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada focusing on advanced research and development at the intersection of digital media and world civic politics." The Munk Centre for International Studies : "seeks to be an internationally recognized leader in interdisciplinary academic research on global issues and to integrate research with teaching and public education."
  • Creative City Network / R?seau des villes cr?atives: "An organization of people employed by municipalities across Canada working on arts, culture and heritage policy, planning, development and support."
  • OpenNet Initiative :: Documenting Internet Content Filtering Worldwide
  • MetaWiki
  • Open Content Alliance (OCA): "represents the collaborative efforts of a group of cultural, technology, nonprofit, and governmental organizations from around the world that will help build a permanent archive of multilingual digitized text and multimedia content."
  • Home - Internet Society 2004
  • Amherst Democratic Town Committee: "ADTC is the local arm of the Democratic Party. Our job is to represent the values and priorities of Amherst's registered Democrats. Members work with the Democratic State Committee and Democratic National Committee to advocate for and support Democratic Party values and candidates. The primary goal of the ADTC is to elect Democrats. We aim to educate people how to operate and participate in campaigns and provide direct support for candidates and organizers."
  • Aspiration Tech | Better Tools for a Better World: "Aspiration connects nonprofit organizations with software solutions that help them better carry out their work. We want nonprofit organizations to obtain and use the best software to maximize their effectiveness and impact so that they, in turn, can change the world."
  • Open Sociey Institute: "The Information Program promotes the equitable deployment of knowledge and communications resources - providing access to content, tools, and networks - for civic empowerment and effective democratic governance."
  • Global Voices Wiki - "a place to discuss the shared goals and identity of Global Voices, and to gather links to voices around the world."   See also GlobalVoices' BlogLines ... a great list of international blogs.
  • About us | Personal Democracy Forum: "We envision this site as one hub for the conversation already underway between political practitioners and technologists, as well as anyone invigorated by the potential of all this to open up the process and engage more people in all the things that we can and must do together as citizens."
  • Reporters sans frontières - Handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents
  • Global Voices Online: "an international effort to diversify the conversation taking place online by involving speakers from around the world, and developing tools, institutions and relationships to help make these voices heard."
  • EUKN - European Urban Knowledge Network - European Urban Knowledge Network: "The EUKN is a European initiative in which 15 EU Member States, EUROCITIES, the URBACT Programme and the European Commission participate. Its primary aim is to share knowledge and experience on tackling urban issues. The EUKN facilitates the exchange of valid, standardised and demand-driven knowledge in order to support policy makers in developing effective urban policy."
  • Development Gateway - "The Development Gateway provides a gathering place and knowledge platform to share and exchange high quality information and data on sustainable development and poverty reduction."


    Moments of opportunity ...

    Why the reticence to inspire? Why the reluctance to edify and enable? Some would say mere ineptitude, others mere wilfull ignorance. This aulde dawg's mind turns towards passive-agression, a nasty sort of sloth.

    iamthejam.com is the entry point to World Urban Forum 3 ... I can get to the forum contents, because I'm registered. Can you? I will not be surprised by /not/. Will I be able to access the contents next week? I have no idea. Would I bother accessing the contents today? Not likely ... the system is terribly clumsy, primitive, troglodytic ... and so arcane that it cant be accessed by, say, Teleport or Greasemonkey. Hell, it can't even be accessed by search engines!

    Stunned ... wickedly stunned.

    Here are three comments, my mini-rant, a blog entry by someone straining to be pleasant, and a bright proclamation by a subject-matter expert.

    As I said in my LJ: if folk don't care then it's as though it doesn't matter.


    It truly is a dark age.

    Gleanings from ThoughtBlogs

    blogs.thoughtworks.com yielded some interesting material:
    * ThoughtWorks Culture
    * "Manifesto for Agile Software Development"
    * " Application Integration and Agility (1): Understanding Agility" [rich!]
    * "Truth a higher calling than fairness" - "Here's a typical script for a news account involving global climate change. A scientist (or more often, a group of scientists) rolls out new research for a congressional panel. Then someone, usually at the hearing, often a member of Congress, disputes the science. The story becomes one of conflict. The scientists said this, while the critics said that. The conflict overwhelms the research, reducing it to a sentence or two, reported without context. Perhaps fairness (or what passes for fairness) wins. But what about the truth?" [Yaaa, it's actually like that ... ParDelib needed here! - emph. added; bdt]

    Collaborative History

    The Center for Cooperative Research seeks to encourage grassroots participation and collaboration in the documentation of the public historical record using an open-content model.

    Also of interest:
    * Center for the Public Domain - "Through grant making, original research, conferences, and collaborative programs, the Center seeks to call attention to the importance of the public domain and spur effective, practical solutions and responses. Its work is animated by the conviction that new legal regimes, social institutions and transparent technologies must be created to fortify the information commons."
    * OhMyNews - "During a keynote address at Harvard University's Berkman Center Internet & Society conference last Friday, Oh Yeon Ho, the founder of Korea's liberal online newspaper OhmyNews, told a group of about 200 attendees about how Korea's netizens were able to change domestic media and politics through "a marriage of democracy and technology." "Citizen participatory Internet journalism started first in Korea with the slogan 'every citizen is a reporter.' The slogan is not only about changing journalism, but about changing all of society,"
    * Center for Online Investigative Research - "COIR provides the resources that enable We the People to come together en masse in an non-partisan, collaborative effort to investigate and report on the news we need to know to be an informed electorate."
    * Truth and Politics - "Envisioned as a clearinghouse for knowledge, an attempt to achieve economies of scale in the dissemination and organization of information, both current and historical, relevant to politics and public policy."

    * OneWorld.net "brings together the latest news and views from over 1,600 organizations promoting human rights awareness and fighting poverty worldwide"

    * Peripherally: USState's ''Public Diplomacy Query Archive''; results for ''Washington File''

    And of course:
    * Creative Commons and Wikipedia

    Seredipitously: "Complexity In Indexing Systems -- Abandonment And Failure: Implications For Organizing The Internet" ... a short paper presented to the 1996 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
    see also Annual Meeting (2005) - Blog and Wiki

    All of which reminded me of Framing Global Problems from nautilus.org
    "The field of global problem-solving is less than a century old. It began with early scientific recognition that humanity shares a common fate despite its cultural differences. Global events such as the explosion of Krakatoa in 1883 prefigured the eruption of hundreds of shared global problems by the end of the twentieth century. [...]

    Decision-makers everywhere face increased uncertainty arising from the contradictory process of global change and resulting indeterminate and unpredictable outcomes. Because global problems are so complex and poorly understood and often are recognized only after massive or catastrophic change occurs, decision-makers must rely upon specialists such as scientists, strategists, or economists to create a global consensus on how best to respond to the problem.

    But if no such specialist consensus exists or if it is challenged by interests or overruled by ideology, then the common knowledge needed to manage a global problem may be missing or even contested. This may happen when the conditions and systems that create and transmit common knowledge are themselves in flux or if solutions entail sacrificing underlying values for the common good. Decision-makers descend into parochialism that undermines or even destroys the global good.

    One way to overcome the inability of governments and markets to solve global problems is to enable global civil society to step into the breach." [emph. added - bdt]

    Of e-Democracy

    Looking through some pages at opendemocracy.net I came across Bill Thompson's blog (Bill seems to be hosting some peripheral files) and from there scored this find: Technology and Social Action Wiki.

    Found on the TSAWiki:
    * CivicSpaceLabs.org (see "Roadmap for Open Source Documentary & Citizen Journalism Toolset Development")
    * b2evolution.net - a "multi-blog engine"
    * CiviCRM project description ("relationship management software for the nonprofit and nongovernmental sectors") by OpenNGO.org/.
    [This page uses Confluence, hosted by ObjectLedge.org/.]

    Something that leaves me quizzical: HeadStar ... 125UKpounds for their report? They're viable?


    And just for fun: Crinnology.com wiki - "Crinnology is all about the science, or study of Creativity and Innovation. It was started by Andy Beckett, as a way of helping to encourage everyone in field of Creativity and Innovation." [This site was pointed to by Creativity Techniques, listed in the "Web Developer's Handbook.]