Social Networking and Political Change

"Bubbling Up: MySpace, YouTube, Social Networking and Political Change" was a session about how these and other similar services are making an impact in online activism.Moderated by nonprofit entrepreneur Allison Fine, the panelists included James Rucker, of ColorofChange.org, Dina Kaplan of BlipTV and Joan "McJoan" McCarter of DailyKos.Some of the more interesting points:Rucker pointed out … Continue reading Social Networking and Political Change

Wireless Internet: Community, Municipal, Corporate

Panelists of this session discussed the developments in municipal and Community Internet and the use of the public airwaves for wireless broadband. The session content examined the technologies, politics and policies involved, both locally and nationally, in increasing access to and ownership of affordable, high-speed Internet -- particularly among underserved communities.The presentation by Sascha Meinrath … Continue reading Wireless Internet: Community, Municipal, Corporate

Blog Coverage of the Conference

Postings from blogs about the media reform conference:Veteran television journalist Bill Moyers opened the National Conference for Media Reform Friday with praise for SavetheInternet.com’s grassroots campaign to keep the Internet open and fair for all comers. - Save the Internet[Democracy Now co-host Juan} Gonzalez, who comes across both on the screen and in person as … Continue reading Blog Coverage of the Conference

Day One Wrap-Up: Progressive Communicators Network

At the end of Day One, I attended a terrific reception co-sponsored by the Institute for Public Accuracy, Progressive Communicators Network, Project Think Different, Public News Service, The Praxis Project. The short program during the reception focused on "Powerful Results from the Grassroots."I was lucky enough to connect with the Progressive Communicators Network (PCN) a … Continue reading Day One Wrap-Up: Progressive Communicators Network

Out of Juice

Both my laptop and Blackberry are dying so this will be the last post for today at the media reform conference. I'm here in an online activism session where Scott Goldstein from the Save the Internet coalition and Matt Stoller from MyDD.com are talking about Tron, ninjas, myspace and net neutrality.UPDATE: rikomatic.com has a good … Continue reading Out of Juice

Diversity Matters in Media Ownership

In a panel titled Race and Gender Matter in Media Ownership, two speakers in particular touched on issues of interest:Angela Campbell, with the Georgetown Institute for Public Representation, touched on the relationships between pending lawsuits related to diversity in media ownership with the Grutter/Gratz and the Louisville/Seattle school cases. She didn't go into too much … Continue reading Diversity Matters in Media Ownership

Jesse Jackson on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rev. Jackson spoke about Dr. King and how the historic "I have adream" speech has been too oftem reduced to that quote.But, said Jackson, "His speech was about broken promises." About howLincoln promised emancipation. About how Congress promised civilrights through the 14th Amendment. About how Blacks and other peopleof color still don't have the federal … Continue reading Jesse Jackson on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.