August 31, 2007 is the third annual Blog Day. BlogDay is focused on getting to know other bloggers from other countries and areas of interest. On that day, you write a post recommending 5 blogs to read. You are suppose to notify the bloggers, write a brief description of their blogs, and tag your post with BlogDay2007. It's simple to do and a great way to connect with other bloggers and pass along some link love.
On that day, I'll be in Cambodia at the first Cambodian Blogger Summit Conference. Since the event is dedicated to BlogDay, I'm sure that my BlogDay post will point to five (or more) Cambodian BlogHers. I plan on participating in a small group session called "Gender and Blogging" facilitated by Sopheap Chak. (I enjoyed Sopheap's recent post about public education about not littering in Cambodia)
After I get back in September, OneWebDay is next community web event on my calendar scheduled for September 22, 2007. OneWebDay is a celebration of the Web and what it means to us as individuals, organizations, and communities. Check out this mini-documentary at dotsub for more about the event.
Susan Crawford is the founder of OneWebDay. She’s a law professor in New York City, a member of the ICANN board, and a fellow of the Center for Democracy & Technology, and the Yale Information Society Project. She teaches communications law and cyberlaw, and writes frequently about these subjects on her blog and in published articles. In researching the origins of OneWebDay, I learned that BlogHer Mary Hodder was involved in some of the initial evangelism for the day.
In a recent interview about OneWebDay on Juxtaviews, Susan described some of the barriers to making a better Web:
In thinking about how to use OWD for your own purposes, it seems to me (personally) that you should keep in mind that these obstructions are different in different parts of the world. For some people, just getting access is an obstacle. For others, it’s highspeed access. For others, it’s symmetric access (uploading and downloading). Censorship/gatekeepers of all kinds are concerns, particularly at the infrastructure layer, all over the world.
Nonprofits can help make the web “just a little better than it was before” simply by taking part: it’s up to you to decide how. The event is on the NpTech Group Upcoming Calendar (the tag for the nonprofit technology field), so I suspect there will be some creative ideas that nonprofit techies will contribute to the event.