It's $100 to register and you can register even if you're not attending ETech. I'll be doing a session with Ethan Zuckerman on International stuff.

Emergent Democracy Worldwide
Joichi Ito, Founder and CEO, Neoteny
Ethan Zuckerman, Founder, Geekcorps
Time: 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Location: California Ballroom C

While we're building great new tools to build communities, we've done very little to ensure that people around the world have access to them. And even when we've made it possible for people in developing nations to speak, we've done little to ensure that anyone listens. How do we ensure that the "Second Superpower" Jim Moore proposes includes the poor as well as the rich? When a new democratic structure emerges from highly-wired westerners, how do we ensure it's fair and just for those currently unwired? The answer is more complex than bridging the so-called "digital divide" - it involves bridging countless cultural divides. Emerging technologies make it easier than ever to bring first-person perspectives, as well as images, movies and music to people in other nations - is this enough to bring cultures together and ensure they care about one another?



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I cannot afford to attend this conference but I hope this discussion will precipitate concrete efforts at bridging the technological gap between the rich and poor. As I read through a spirited discussion which mentioned “technological determinists” and “binary logic” among others I couldn't help but shake my head at the chasm between the practical and the conceptual. Having come from a Third World country I have lived within the “divide” and its deficiencies. On the other hand I have witnessed the tantalizing force new technology can muster to uphold democracy as evidenced by the text revolt which ousted Philippine President Joseph Estrada. A lot needs to be done and I fervently hope that attendees to this event will leave with a sense of responsibility towards the developing nations of the world because only through stability will we truly have peace, harmony and true prosperity. Good luck.

Hi Joi,
Could you tell me what is the best way to reach you via email, I haven't been able to get through to you lately.


Hi Joi,
Could you tell me what is the best way to reach you via email, I haven't been able to get through to you lately.


jito at neoteny.com usually works. Sometimes you have to try a few times. Sorry!

Guess I've lived in California too long -- I'm going blond: I thought the Digital Teach-In was only running from 3:30-4:15, then I realized that the time at the top of this post is your session!
Anyway looking forward to seeing you there (been a while)...

"How do we ensure that the "Second Superpower" Jim Moore proposes includes the poor as well as the rich?"

Well, you might start with meetings that don't cost $100 a head.

Hi Joi,

I am a fan of your blog, and an e-democracy activist. The conference sounds cool, and I definitely feel left out by the conference organizers since Scott H, Doc, Jonah and others are pretty good friends of my organization, e-thePeople.org.

In any event, I'd love to meet you if you're ever in NYC or talk by AIM or phone sometime about emergent democracy in '04. (My email is mike@e-thePeople.org.)

Take care, Michael

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