Archive for April 5th, 2004

Bringing the Third World into the Second Superpower

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Ethan Zuckerman and I both have related pieces in the forthcoming book Extreme Democracy (O’Reilly, 2004).   His latest version
of his piece deserves your attention.  It basically takes the idea of The
Second Superpower Rears its Beautiful Head and Joi Ito’s Emergent
Democracy and asks: How can we get the rest of the world engaged in
this–when currently they are so underrepresented in everything from
traditional to blog media?

One  thought I have based on his piece: Perhaps the third world
could be overrepresented–intentionally and to good effect–in the
second superpower.  How might we do this?

Four starter ideas:

Third-world Orkut.  Give extra points for third world friends signed up.

Skoop-based sites in the third world would allow self-registering
“crossing the chasm” blogs for all who now have email accounts–which
is actually many more folks in the third world than have computers, due
to cybercafe access..

And start to tweak the Net-based world news.  Imagine if Google
News gave extra ranking points to news sourced in the third world?

What if Feedster had RSS feeds from newspaper front pages and blogs in
the third world, referenceable by various sub-sortings, starting with
geography?  This project would require setting up RSS outputs for
some newspapers–but might, say, be something Soros’ OSI could do in
conjunction with some of the journalism organizations..
Ethan Zuckerman and I both have related pieces in the forthcoming book Extreme Democracy (O’Reilly, 2004).   His latest version
of his piece deserves your attention.  It basically takes the idea of The
Second Superpower Rears its Beautiful Head and Joi Ito’s Emergent
Democracy and asks: How can we get the rest of the world engaged in
this–when currently they are so underrepresented in everything from
traditional to blog media?

One  thought I have based on his piece: Perhaps the third world
could be overrepresented–intentionally and to good effect–in the
second superpower.  How might we do this?

Four starter ideas:

Third-world Orkut.  Give extra points for third world friends signed up.

Skoop-based sites in the third world would allow self-registering
“crossing the chasm” blogs for all who now have email accounts–which
is actually many more folks in the third world than have computers, due
to cybercafe access..

And start to tweak the Net-based world news.  Imagine if Google
News gave extra ranking points to news sourced in the third world?

What if Feedster had RSS feeds from newspaper front pages and blogs in
the third world, referenceable by various sub-sortings, starting with
geography?  This project would require setting up RSS outputs for
some newspapers–but might, say, be something Soros’ OSI could do in
conjunction with some of the journalism organizations..

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