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Conference Schedule

10:00am: Welcoming Remarks by David Schlesinger, Reuters Global Managing Editor

SESSION ONE: 10:05-11:10am – The state of Global Voices.

Overview of what we’ve done so far, and plans for projects in the immediate future. We will also outline the Global Voices model that we’ve pioneered so far, and try to document it for others to use.

Led by: Rebecca MacKinnon and Ethan Zuckerman, Global Voices Co-Founders, with input from Regional Editors Haitham Sabbah (Middle East/North Africa), Neha Viswanathan (South Asia), David Sasaki (Americas) and Sokari Ekine (Sub-Saharan Africa), and Web Architect Boris Anthony.

SESSION TWO: 11:30-1:00 – Best of both worlds

Much is made of the “blogging vs. journalism” argument. We believe there can and must be room for both in this world, and that the world will be better for having both. In this session we explore the potential for synergies between professional journalists and citizen-bloggers. How do journalists and bloggers interact in the world outside the US and Europe? How can bloggers become journalists and journalists become bloggers? How do the two learn to work together and respect each other? How can we combine the value of professional journalism with the power of citizens’ online conversation to help all members of the human race understand each other better?

Led by: Rebecca MacKinnon, with input from Jeff Ooi (Malaysia), Ndesanjo Macha (Tanzania), Dina Mehta (India), Georgia Popplewell (Trinidad & Tobago), David Sasaki (Americas Editor), Onnik Krikorian (Armenia), Ben Parmann (Eurasia Blog), Lisa Goldman (Israel), and Dean Wright (Reuters)

LUNCH BREAK: 1:00-2:30pm

SESSION THREE: 2:30pm-4:00 – What makes a successful blogosphere?

Why is it that some countries have developed vibrant local blogospheres (Iran, Jordan, Cambodia etc) while others haven’t? What conditions are required and what outreach can be done by the Global Voices community to help enable and encourage blogging in communities that could greatly benefit from this new citizens’ medium?

Led by: Ethan Zuckerman, with input from Roba Al Assi (Jordan), Ory Okolloh (Kenya), Neha Viswanathan (Global Voices South Asia editor), Iria Puyosa (Venezuela), Bun ThaRum (Cambodia), Enda Nasution (Indonesia), Andy Young (SiberianLight), Hossein Derakhshan (Iran)

SESSION FOUR: 4:30-6:00 – The future of the Global Conversation

How can Global Voices and potential partners in professional and citizens’ media work to build a more democratic, equitable Global Conversation – a conversation in which all people who want to speak not only have a safe and accessible way to do so, but also a chance of being heard? To what extent are the solutions technical (software, etc.) and to what extent is it a question of human efforts, methods and organization? By popular demand, the second half of this session will focus heavily on translation issues.

Led by: Led by Ethan Zuckerman and Rebecca MacKinnon, with input from Ahmed (Saudi Arabia), Haitham Sabbah (Middle East/North Africa Editor), Sokari Ekine (Sub-Saharan Africa editor), Farid Pouya (Iran), Kevin Wen (China), Jordan Seidel (Polblog), Pat Hall (Blogamundo), and Chris Ahearn (Reuters)

NOTE: While the sessions will have leaders and “key participants,” they will not be panels speaking to an audience. They are working sessions. All people in the room are expected to participate in the conversation, and anybody may be invited by the session leader to speak at any time.

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