You are cordially invited to celebrate OneWebDay this weekend in NYC.
*The goal of OneWebDay is to focus attention on a key internet value (this year, online participation in democracy), focus attention on local internet concerns (connectivity, censorship, individual skills), and create a global constituency that cares about protecting and defending the internet. So, think of OneWebDay as an environmental movement for the Internet ecosystem. It’s a platform for people to educate and activate others about issues that are important for the Internet’s future.
We celebrate OneWebDay every September 22nd in locations all over the world. This year, in New York City, festivities kick off on Saturday the 20th and culminate in the main event on Monday the 22nd.
**9/20 – 2-4pm – Educational Workshops* *
*Eight workshops to help you make the most of the web. Located at NYU’s Courant Institute at 251 Mercer St., corner of W. 4th St.*
**How Wikipedia Works:* Mike Verilli will cover the basics of how and why Wikipedia <http://www.wikipedia.org/> is so successful, and how you can edit an article.
*The Open Video Project: *The purpose of the Open Video Project is to collect and make available a repository of digitized video content for the digital video, multimedia retrieval, digital library, and other research communities. Dean Jansen will walk you through the theory and practice behind this user-powered project.
*Creative Commons Licenses: *Fred Benenson will walk you through the Creative Commons <http://www.creativecommons.
**Media Literacy — Breaking Ads with Digital Media – The LAMP: *We’re way past the age of only receiving one-way, top-down, corporate media messages. Today digital media and the Internet allow us talk back, interrogate, and re-create corporate-produced persuasive messages. In this session you’ll see commercials broken down to their persuasive essence, then re-created to reveal the truths left out. How are digital media and the web used to do it? Why would we want to do it? Is it legal? Find out here.**
*Citizen Journalism: *Mike Meyers of NowPublic.com will teach you how to get started as a citizen journalist.
*An Introduction to the Grassroots.org Web Builder: *Representatives from Grassroots.org <http://www.grassroots.org/> will show you how to build an effective web presence for your nonprofit in a single afternoon.
*SEO and Google Grants: *Kevin Lee will cover how and why search engine marketing is a critical tool for non-profits including some tips for both organic SEO best practices and how to maximize the return from your Google grant, as well as how to apply for a Google grant if you don’t have one.
*Understanding CRM for nonprofits and activists: *Develop an understanding of how/why online databases and organizing tools are game changers when it comes to lobbying, fundraising and communications. Presented by Charles Lenchner of Democracy in Action <http://www.democracyinaction.
**9/20 – 7-9pm – Tech Demos – The Latest Tools for Online Participation in Democracy**
Grassroots Web <http://web.meetup.com/27> and OneWebDay have teamed up to provide our own version of the New York Tech Meetup. We’ll be hosting 6 demos, all in tune with this year’s theme of online participation in
democracy. Here they are:
– Speechology <http://www.speechology.org/>
– MixedInk <http://www.mixedink.com/>
– WorkInTown <http://workintown.com/
– Open Congress <http://www.opencongress.org/>
– Democracy in Action <http://www.democracyinaction.
– Independence Year <http://iyear.us/>
The demos will be held in Room 101 at NYU’s Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St. at the corner of West 4th St. Please RSVP at http://web.meetup.com/27/
The demos will also be webcast at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/
**9/20 – 9pm-midnight – Party!**