OKAPI Spotlight- June 2008

Every month, OKAPI Spotlight features Open Knowledge news at UC Berkeley and around the world. To contribute email Lizzy, To receive more frequent updates, join our email listserv.

On Campus
Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing: Conference on Online Deliberation
Thursday, June 26, 2008-Sunday, June 29, 2008
South Hall, UC Berkeley
Sponsored by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and the School of Information “DIAC-08 combines CPSR’s 11th DIAC symposium with the third Conference on Online Deliberation. The joint conference is intended to provide a platform and a forum for highlighting socio-technological opportunities, challenges, and pitfalls in the area of community and civic action. Technology enhanced community action ranges from informal communities of practice to democratic governance of formal organizations to large social movements.”

Around the World
New Media Consortium Conference
“The 2008 NMC Summer Conference will be held June 11-14 in Princeton, New Jersey, hosted by Princeton University, New Media Center.
The NMC Summer Conference is a one-of-a-kind event, attracting an audience of highly skilled professionals who are very knowledgeable about and interested in the integration of emerging technologies into teaching, learning, and creative expression.”

NetSquared Year 3 Conference
May 27 &28, 2008
21 projects were featured at the recent Netsquared conference. Netsquared is created by TechSoup. The conference’s mission is to “spur responsible adoption of social web tools by social benefit organizations.” This was year three of the conference and it was held in San Jose. Of the 21 featured projects, three projects won this year’s mash up challenge:
Knowmore.org: “KnowMore.org’s Firefox extension alerts you when you visit the websites of unethical companies. It also mashes Knowmore.org’s corporate ratings into Google’s search results. Our goal with this project to enable anyone to shop ethically online!”
Ushahidi: Mapping Reports of Post Election Violence in Kenya: A “tool for people who witness acts of violence in Kenya in these post-election times. You can report the incident that you have seen, and it will appear on a map-based view for others to see. We are working with local Kenyan NGO’s to get information and to verify each incident.”
A Mashup of 29+ Social Actions Platforms–Social Actions: “Social Actions aggregates peer-to-peer social change campaigns so that individuals, organizations, and 3rd-party developers can find, support and mashup grassroots solutions to local and global problems.”

Bits, Bands and Books
By Paul Krugman
From the New York Times, Paul Krugman writes about how the “digital revolution” has affected the music industry and will probably soon affect other industries (e.g publishing industry). The “digital revolution” has forced bands to adjust and adapt to the market of the digital age, and will force other industry to do the same, though adjusting and adapting will not work for all. He writes, “Bit by bit, everything that can be digitized will be digitized, making intellectual property ever easier to copy and ever harder to sell for more than a nominal price. And we’ll have to find business and economic models that take this reality into account.”

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