OneWebDay 2009 Austin Audio Recordings

The fine folks at FG Squared sponsored OneWebDay2009 Austin, which was co-produced by EFF-Austin and Plutopia Productions. What follows are the audio recordings of the talks and panel.

The Internet Then and Now

The Internet Then and Now

Description: The Internet was built originally as a dumb network – a transmission network. When commercial interests became involved, the battle for control of packets as emerged as well. Jon and Julie will explore the inherent conflicts in having entities such as AT&T and Time Warner Cable as both connectivity/access AND content and application providers. What can we do to keep bias out so all have the ability to connect?
Presenters: Jon Lebkowsky and Julie Gomoll

The End Of Free and Unfettered Internet Access: How Network Operators Are Restricting Internet Use

The End Of Free and Unfettered Internet Access: How Network Operators Are Restricting Internet Use

Description: Network Operators have made several attempts in the last few years restrict access to Internet services and content through selective bandwidth restrictions and service blocking. In some cases they deploy equipment that examines Internet content in order to determine if the service delivering it should be limited or restricted. Will this become the norm in the future? What does this mean to free and unfettered access to Internet content and services?
Panelists: Matt Henry and Michael Hathaway Moderator: Jon Lebkowsky

Online Activism and Government 2.0

Online Activism and Government 2.0

Presenter: Gregory Foster

Media, Mentoring & Technology in the Classroom

Media, Mentoring & Technology in the Classroom

Description: Media Diversity Council Founder / Executive Director, Carl Settles Jr. discusses how to leverage social networks and mentoring to develop sustainable approaches to diversity and economic empowerment.
Presenter: Carl Settles

One Web Day Austin: September 22


EFF-Austin is coordinating One Web Day Austin, September 22 at Austin Centre, 5pm-9pm. Download the event flyer (pdf). | Learn more about One Web Day.

Internet Identity Workshop iiw2009a

IIW2009a took place May 18-20th at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Please check the top of the notes page for links to other blog coverage.

The previous workshop IIW2008b was memorable for the many sweet apps (several from Google) that made use of OAuth and the marathon session on evaluating different options for discovery facilitated by Eran Hammer-Lahav (and lots of great suggestions from John Panzer, et al.). One of the principles of the open space talks is that sessions don’t necessarily end at any particular time.

The conversation about discovery continued across multiple sessions at IIW2009a. The topic of discovery is as fundamental as the social construction of reality. From a node’s perspective on the network, it can be summarized in two steps:

  • Given a resource (identified by a URI), where can I find information about it?
  • What format is this ‘information about’ in? How do I make sense of it and use it?

Here is video of Eran Hammer-Lahav’s lunch session “Introduction to Discovery: How do we Interact with the Unknown?”

I was very impressed by the work John Bradley and others are doing with interoperability testing for user-centric identity (OpenID, etc.). Allen Tom discussed the OpenID User Interface Extension and showed off some of the work with Here’s his recap at the Yahoo Developer Blog. Of course, Facebook announced it is now the biggest OpenID relying party at the workshop.

Guillaume Lebleu facilitated Identity and the Future of Money. Guillaume reviewed several complementary currencies that have sprung up on the web in the last year.

It’s amazing to overhear everyday conversations today. Talk of messages on a wall, bizarre notions of friendship and fan pages are common. The social web experience shared by millions of people is sadly monolithic. Are these new contexts getting in the way of a more interesting voyage of discovery? If we want a healthier (perhaps less addictive) experience, do our spaces on the web allow us to realize that intention?

The next Internet Identity workshop will be November 3-5.