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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Saturday 19 September 2009 Software Freedom Day and One Web Day: Meeting at NYU, Giant Roof Party
Date: 18 Sep 2009 02:10:14 -0400

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        New York City Council Broadband Committee:
        The Internet Society, New York Chapter:
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 Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 18:05:06 -0400
 From: ISOC-NY announcements <>
 Subject: [isoc-ny] OneWebDay NYC 2009

 ***Slightly updated - Please circulate widely! Thanks. Joly***

 OWD NYC 2009 Events:

 Saturday, September 19, 12-2 pm:
 "Universal Broadband- The Road Ahead"
 Warren Weaver Hall (Courant Institute)
 251 Mercer Street, room 101 NYC 

 Saturday, September 19  6-10pm:
 Open Source / Open Culture: "From Software to Everywhere" party
 The Open Planning Project
 148 Lafayette St,NYC

 Tuesday, September 22: 12-2pm
 OneWebDay 2009 Celebration in Washington Square Park
 Where: Holley Plaza, Washington Square Park NYC


 New York, NY - In addition to the annual OneWebDay celebration of
 the Internet in all its diversity, which will again be held in
 Washington Sq. Park on Sep 22, New York netizens will be active
 in the coming weekend participating in two pre-OneWebDay events,
 a symposium and a party on Saturday Sep 19.

 The NYC OneWebDay Celebration in Washington Sq. will this year be
 held in the newly renovated Holley Plaza, just east of the
 fountain from 12 noon to 2pm on Sep 22 - OneWebDay. Our guest of
 honor will be New York City Council member Gale A. Brewer. Also
 speaking will be Iranian activist Medhi Saharkhiz, who will
 reflect on the situation in Iran and the role the internet has
 played in allowing voices to be heard in the aftermath of the
 recent elections. The New York Public Interest Research Group
 will be using the occasion to officially release a report that
 forcefully calls for an assertive national broadband policy. Phil
 Ashlock, of Open Planning Project will speak on the open government 
 effort in NYC: people working with technology and civic institutions to 
 help make the functions of the city more transparent and participatory. 
 Also participating, as part of their month long BREAKOUT FESTIVAL,
 will be NYCWireless. The intriguing concept behind BREAKOUT is
 that with mobile technology NYC workers are, for the first time
 since the invention of the office, are no longer tethered, free
 to roam and gather in the streets and parks. Adding to the fun we
 are lining up a couple of bands to come and play a few tunes. The
 whole event will be webcast. More details:

 The OneWebDay Symposium on Sat Sep 19 12 noon - 2pm will be held
 at NYU's Courant Institute, Warren Weaver Hall, 251 Mercer St.
 The theme is 'Universal Broadband - The Road Ahead'. While many
 of us enjoy the benefits of High Speed Internet, there are still
 plenty, even in this city, that do not. Affordability,
 accessibility, and training are all factors. The 2008 Diamond
 Report, commissioned by the City, suggested that -for a healthy
 and competitive economic future - all citizens should be upgraded
 to 100mbps by 2010 or soon after. It seems an unlikely prospect,
 even given Stimulus funding. This Symposium garners experts from
 a number of fields to address the ways and means that we might
 achieve such a goal. Notably we have Alex Goldman, the former
 Managing Editor of trade journal ISP-Planet, as a keynote
 speaker. Dana Spiegel of NYCWireless, responsible for free wi-fi
 in many of the City's public spaces, will give his views. Lou
 Klepner of the NYC Community Fiber project controversially
 advocates that citizens should empower themselves by laying their
 own fiber. Joshua Breitbart of Peoples Production House has wide
 experience working with underserved communities and their
 problems. Thomas Kamber of Older Adults Technology Services
 devotes himself to connecting our senior population, including
 programs where kids do the training. This promises to be a
 stimulating and provocative discussion. This will also be webcast
 live. More details:

 Our second event on Sat Sep 19, in the early evening from 6-10,
 at 148 Lafayette St. will be much more of a party. One aspect
 often overlooked in discussions of digital inclusion, and a major
 factor in computer costs, is the ongoing expense of software. The
 Free Software movement thankfully has come to the rescue,
 developing a body of free and open alternatives. The community
 considers that these programs, hitherto somewhat the province
 primarily of geeks, is ready for primetime. Hence the title of
 this event 'From Software to Everywhere'. 'Lightning' talks will
 be given by some developers on their ware's attributes before we
 get down to serious schmoozing. A notable speaker is Nina Paley,
 whose animated film 'Sita Sings The Blues' was shown on Ch.13
 earlier in the year too much acclaim. Nina will extend the 'Open'
 idea into culture, talking about how she recently made elements
 of her film available for remixing under a Creative Commons
 license. *Note: Admission is limited! You must RSVP to
 joshlevy.ny(at) to gain entry. No webcast. More details:

 Finally, for those who cannot make it to an event or watch
 online, on Sep 22 at 3.30pm, on Manhattan Neighborhood Network
 Ch.67 can be seen a film of last year's OneWebDay NYC Celebration
 including Internet luminaries like Jonathan Zittrain, Larry
 Lessig, Craig Newmark.


 About OneWebDay: OneWebDay was founded in 2006 as an all
 volunteer campaign to build an active community of Internet
 advocates in the United States and around the world. Originally
 imagined as a celebration of the World Wide Web - the services
 and content the Internet carries - OneWebDay has grown into a
 movement of organizations, citizens and consumers who are
 committed to universal and equal access to the Internet. Now in
 its fourth year, OneWebDay has a full-time Executive Director,
 powerful new partners and is planning events in 50 cities across
 the globe in 2009.

 OneWebDay events planned for other U.S. cities include: a
 documentary screening in Milwaukee; a policy panel on Capitol
 Hill in Washington; city leaders in Philadelphia on its broadband
 grant; elected officials and a Cajun band in Lafayette.

 OneWebDay takes place annually on September 22, marked by a
 variety of activities, with a new theme each year. The 2009 theme
 is "One Web. For All" and focuses on volunteer service and
 expanding opportunity. In addition to convening public forums
 where topics related to Internet access and availability will be
 discussed, OneWebDay organizers are going out into their
 communities to provide hands-on help with training and
 infrastructure. The Internet is the means by which increasing
 numbers of Americans earn a living, receive an education, consume
 goods and services and participate in their democracy. Still, the
 United States ranks 15th among developed nations when it comes to
 broadband deployment. "Everyone understands that the Internet is
 the pathway to economic opportunity, from educational achievement
 to success on the job," said Nathaniel James, OneWebDay Executive
 Director. "We can't afford to leave anyone behind."

 Joly MacFie 
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