Barcamp Vienna – aftermath

I just came backfrom Barcamp Vienna 2008 and it was a great experience.

Heard some very interesting sessions, for example from Christoph Chorherr about the usage of Web 2.0 in this elections, Helga Fahrnberger and Christian Spanring about OpenStreetMap revolutionalising online map services and Stefan Derkits about Couchsurfing – a great platform for frequent travellers.

Martin, Karola, Martin and me also presented ICT4D.at and I think we had success in making some people curious about this topic.

On this wiki page further information from the talk and suggestions of attendees can be found. For photos, visit Karola’s facebook account or Flickr set or or check out the links on the event page.

Also the idea for a BarCamp in Vienna focusing on Africa was pushed forward – check out barcamp.at for news on that.

Everybody new to our page: join our xing, facebook and linkedin groups, subscribe to our twitter account or rss-feed to stay updated! We appreciate every comment and remark, regrettably our wiki is not yet completely adjusted, so feedback on this page is limited to comments to our posts.

Furthermore – as you may have noticed, the new design of ict4d.at is online. Of course there are still some adjustments needed but for now I think it looks great!

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Barcamp Vienna – aftermath
was published on 05.10.2008 by Florian Sturm. It files under global
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Barcamp Vienna 2008

This Saturday and Sunday in Vienna the BarCamp Vienna 2008 will take place.

A Barcamp is

an international network of user generated conferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants — often focusing on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats. [from Wikipedia]

As a matter of fact, we will be there to get to know interesting people, present our work with ict4d.at and our projects and get to know the community.

Regrettably I’m just there on Sunday, maybe already for the afterparty on Saturday.

If you have time and are interested – just come by, here is more information.

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Barcamp Vienna 2008
was published on 01.10.2008 by Florian Sturm. It files under global
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Blogging in Central Asia

As I have a special interest in the region of Central Asia and Eastern Europe, I was pleased to read of a BarCamp in Georgia in June where over hundred of bloggers from that region met.

Blogging is in some states even the only possibility besides the state-controlled media for people to get news. One example:

In Armenia, where a post-election state of emergency limited the media to publishing only official government news for 20 days after the March 1 clashes, blogs moved in to fill the gap. (…) “Blogs were the only alternative to the mass media, especially as independent and pro-opposition online media sites were blocked or censored. Blogs registered phenomenal numbers in terms of readers.” – as Artur Papyan, Armenia Country Director for the Media Diversity Institute puts it in [this article]

There exists a flourishing scene of bloggers in these countries – the article talks about 3000 in Armenia, 8000 in Azerbaijan and 10-15 000 in Georgia – which was definitely new to me.

As in many of the post-Sowjet countries there are still dictatorships or other repressive regimes, it’s substantial that internet finally gives the possibility to publically express own opinions and views.

In that context initiatives like Global Voices Online who point a spotlight at these regions and offer guides how to start blogging and especially how to stay anonymous during blogging when free speech is unwanted are highly valuable.

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was published on 06.08.2008 by Florian Sturm. It files under global
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