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One Web Day press release

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For Immediate Release: September 15, 2008

Contact: Anne Singer, 202-271-4679 or Susan Crawford, 202-669-0430

*OneWebDay Brings Internet Visionaries to New York City*

*Workshops for the Public, a Teach-in for Seniors and a Rally Starring Hon.
Gale Brewer, Sree Sreenivasan, Craig Newmark, John Perry Barlow, Tim
Westergren, Lawrence Lessig *

*and Others*

New York, NY – On the third annual “Earth Day for the Internet”, communities
across the country are holding events to learn about and advocate for that
marvel of modern infrastructure, the Internet. It happens in the United
States and around the world on OneWebDay, Monday, September 22, 2008, with
New York City, where it launched three years ago, the epicenter of this
year’s celebration.

“Earth Day was the model when I founded OneWebDay in 2006,” says Susan
Crawford, a professor of law specializing in Internet issues at the
University of Michigan.  “In 1969, one man asked the people to do what their
elected representatives would not: take the future of the environment into
their own hands.” According to Crawford, “people’s lives now are as
dependent on the Internet as they are on the basics like roads, energy
supplies and running water. We can no longer take that for granted, and we
must advocate for the Internet politically, and support its vitality
personally.”

The theme of this year’s OneWebDay is online participation in democracy,
coinciding with the U.S. elections, and that will be the central focus of
events in Washington, DC.

The online hub for OneWebDay 2008 is www.onewebday.org, but New York hosts
the biggest real world events on September 20 and 22, including a cyber-star
studded rally where audience members will text questions to the moderator.
All events are free and open to the public.

*New York City Events*

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*(1) WHAT*: Rally for the Internet Main Event

*WHEN*: Monday, September 22, 11:45 A.M. – 2 P.M.

*WHERE:* Washington Square Park Teen Plaza, W. 4th St. @ University Pl.

*WHO*: Susan Crawford, Founder of OneWebDay;

Hon. Gale A. Brewer, New York City Council;

Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia Journalism and WNBC-TV;

Tim Westergren, founder of Pandora free Internet radio;

Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law and author of “Code V.2”;

Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist;

Dharma Dailey, Research Director at Ethos Wireless consulting;

John Perry Barlow, founder of Electronic Frontier Foundation;

Andrew Baron, producer at Rocketboom video news blog;

Samuel J. Klein, Director of Community Content at One Laptop Per Child;
others TBA.

*Details at:* http://www.onewebday.org/base/index.php/New_York

*(2) WHAT*: Seniors Rally for Digital Inclusion, City Hall

*WHEN*: Monday, September 22, 11 A.M.

*WHERE*: New York City Hall, 260 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

*WHO*: Older Adults Technology Services (OATS)

*Details at:* http://www.onewebday.org/base/index.php/New_York

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*(3) WHAT*: Workshops on E-activism, E-journalism, E-citizenship

*WHEN*: Saturday, September 20, 2-4 P.M.

*WHERE*: NYU’s Courant Institute, 251 Mercer @ West 4th St., Rooms TBA

*WHO*: Katherine Fry, The LAMP, NYC – media literacy; Charles Lenchner,
DemocracyInAction – tools for nonprofits; Grassroots.org – easy website
building for nonprofits; NYC Wireless – build your own router, etc.; Fred
Benenson, Creative Commons; Dean Jansen, Open Video; Mike Verrilli –
Wikipedia; Mike Meyers – citizen journalism; Kevin Lee – SEO/Google Grants.

*Details at:*
http://www.onewebday.org/base/index.php/2008_Workshops_Planning

*(4) WHAT*: Tech Demos for Online Democratic Participation

*WHEN*: Saturday, September 20, 7-9 P.M.

*WHERE*: NYU’s Courant Institute, 251 Mercer, @ West 4th St., Room #101

*WHO*: Matt Cooperrider and other Grassroots Web experts

*Details at:* http://web.meetup.com/27/calendar/8642107/

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OneWebDay, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. It has a Board made up of
online luminaries (Doc Searls, David Weinberger, David Isenberg, Mary
Hodder), business people (Kaarli Tasso, Allison Fine, David Johnson, Rick
Whitt), a NYC PR person (Renee Edelman, Edelman), and a former state AG (Jim
Tierney, Maine). Its president is Susan Crawford, a professor at the
University of Michigan Law School. She is committed to working on this
holiday for the next seven years.