One Web day

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I met Susan Crawford when I spoke at Supernova 2008 and was impressed by her talk and passion for the idea of the One Web day. So, I have decided to support the idea of One Web day through our blog. If you are also interested in doing the same, please contact Susan as per her blog

OneWebDay is an annual global celebration of the collaborative, participatory nature of the web, scheduled for Sept. 22 each year. Sept. 22, 2008 is the third annual OneWebDay.

OneWebDay is an Earth Day for the internet. The idea behind OneWebDay is to focus attention on a key internet value (this year, online participation in democracy), focus attention on local internet concerns (connectivity, censorship, individual skills), and create a global constituency that cares about protecting and defending the internet.

OneWebDay physical events: In 2006, there were events in NYC (Craig Newmark, Scott Heiferman, Drew Schutte, Gale Brewer, at a wireless hotspot), Austin, Boston, Chicago, Urbana/Champaign, San Francisco, Charleston, Vienna (Austria), Naples (Italy), Sofia (Bulgaria), Belgrade (Serbia), Budapest (Hungary), Milan (Italy), Tokyo (Japan), Colombo (Sri Lanka), and London (England). There was a large gathering in Second Life. In Canada, CIRA (the .ca registry) committed significant financial support to promote the OneWebDay celebration in cities across the country. In 2007, Jimmy Wales spoke in Washington Square NYC and there were also events in Poland; Colombia; Bulgaria; Ecuador; Belgium; Israel; Benin; Mauritius; Chennai, India; Cambridge, MA, USA; Chicago, IL, USA; Austin, TX, USA; St. Louis, MO, USA; Ethiopia; UAE; Rarotonga, Cook Islands; and Naples, Italy.

There has been strong press coverage in Newsweek, BBC online, OhmyNews, RedHerring, CNET, The Register, and many many blog posts from around the world.

Quotes: Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist, said: “OneWebDay reminds us that the net really is a democratizing medium, that everyone gets a chance to participate. If you want, you can stick your neck out and speak truth to power.” Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, added: ““OneWebDay is about ‘one web’ . . . Let’s celebrate, and let’s constantly work to make more, better, cleaner, stronger, deeper interoperability across the planet.”

2008 plans: For 2008, we plan to expand the list of cities substantially and make sure each city can see what the others are doing. There will be a large, successful event in Washington Square in New York City at noon on that day. One hundred “OneWebDay Ambassadors” will let their networks know about OneWebDay during the 100 days leading up to OneWebDay, and 100 OneWebDay stories will be selected.

Organization: OneWebDay, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. It has a Board made up of online luminaries (Doc Searls, David Weinberger, David Isenberg, Mary Hodder), business people (Kaarli Tasso, Allison Fine, David Johnson, Rick Whitt), a NYC PR person (Renee Edelman, Edelman), a key researcher (Gregg Vesonder, AT&T), and a former state AG (Jim Tierney, Maine). Its president is Susan Crawford, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School who is currently a Visiting Professor at Yale Law School. She is committed to working on this holiday for the next 10 years.

There is a web site (http://onewebday.org) which is a clearinghouse for OneWebDay online projects and news. Flickr pictures and posts tagged OneWebDay can be seen on the site, which has a blog and a wiki aimed at encouraging participation.

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