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There were a lot of bloggers at WSIS in December, including DailySummit.net and myself. When I was editor of the Benton Foundation's Communications Related Headlines we ran a blurb about WSIS blogging a few days after the summit:

BLOGGERS CONVERGE ON WORLD SUMMIT
Last week's World Summit on the Information Society was covered by bloggers
from around the world, using articles and streaming media to capture summit
events. DailySummit.net, an online collaboration of British and Arab
journalists, reported on the ins and outs of the summit almost in real time,
with contributors blogging via Wi-Fi-enabled laptops during events and press
conferences. Student journalists from sub-Saharan Africa, meanwhile,
contributed articles and streaming video as part of the Highway Africa News
Agency, a project of South Africa Broadcasting Corporation and Rhodes
University. Similarly, OneWorld TV featured a team of young journalists from
South America and Asia who created video diaries for distribution over the
Internet. And Communications-Related Headlines' own Andy Carvin offered his
own perspective on his Waste of Bandwidth blog, covering events and speeches
ranging from Stanford University's Lawrence Lessig and Richard Stallman of
the free software movement to Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and
Iranian President Mohammed Khatami.
Sources: DailySummit, Highway Africa, OneWorld TV, Andy Carvin's Waste of
Bandwidth
https://www.dailysummit.net
https://www.highwayafrica.org.za/hana/
https://tv.oneworld.net/tapestry?cluster=21
https://www.edwebproject.org/andy/blog/

Meanwhile, a group of Vermont high school students were invited to the World Social Forum in Mumbai last month, and they published a rather interesting blog during their stay:

https://www.tagstudio.net/mumbai/mt/

I'm personally quite interested in more organized conference blogging experiments - for example, giving presenters and attendees blog space for the course of a meeting, so all of their comments can be organized in a central blog space.... -ac

Kia ora
I've often wondered how to walk the talk at technology conferences by actually using Internet based tools to extend and enrich the experience. The British Council weblogging example is useful food for thought. But the question I will always ask is, who actually participates? How do people without confidence or language fluency contribute? Any views based on your recent experiences.
Regards, Stephen

Stephen - I would suggest mixing a range of methods - digital photos, video, audio, text, groups discussions, presentations etc - and let people choose what suits them. They might work in pairs or groups. I haven't done anything that ambitious yet, but it should be feasible with enough preparation and support. Should be fun!
Regards, David

Hi David,

I just wanted to let you know I've started experimenting with creating RSS feeds/syndications for my discussion groups, DIGITALDIVIDE and WWWEDU. I've been playing around with a variety of methods and I think I've come to a fairly stable solution, at least for the time being. Please feel free to visit my two most recent blog entries to see how it works:

https://edwebproject.org/andy/blog/

take care,
andy

Thanks for the mention. Our Eventspace service facilitates this kind of event participation: https://www.socialtext.com/products/eventspace/

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