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Participation Camp – Cool People & Resources

I went to Participation Camp this weekend — my first unconference:

Democracy is a game in which we all make the rules.  How do we make this  serious game more inclusive, more fair, and more fun?

Participation Camp will provide the spark for an explosion of sharing, experimentation, and collaboration around this question…

Went to two great workshops:

  • Twitter & Iran – Discussion with 15+ uber geeks who are in the heart of the Iran/Twitter situation. What are technologists’ role in foreign affairs? How not to step on the State Department’s feet? How to win the cat/mouse game with authoritarians? Could we create a loose network of technologists – an “open source United Nations” or a “digital Red Cross” – to help those in need?
  • Gaming & Government – Led by Tim Hwang. Tim discussed the history of edutainment, principles to create successful games, and how to motivate students to act after they learn from them. I’ll write an blog post about this workshop later.

Met interesting people:

  • Matt Cooperrider – community organizer
  • Vanessa Scanfeld – Co-founder of MixedInk (technology used by the White House)
  • Tim Hwang – works with Yochai Benkler of Harvard’s Berkmann Center for Internet & Society
  • Will add more people soon
And learned of even more progressive websites to promote in our Digital Literacy Contest:
  • Tor – anonymity online
  • Littlesis – an involuntary facebook of powerful Americans, collaboratively edited by people like you
  • Guardian – make Google Android a secure, private and anonymous phone
  • ShiftSpace – open source browser plugin for collaboratively annotating and editing the web
  • WayBackMachine – archive of the Internet
  • USASpending.org – How the government spends money on contracts, grants, etc.
Thanks goes to Matt Cooperrider for working hard to put it all together. =)

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