[Ussf-tech] notes and welcome
jm at mayfirst.org
Sun Oct 15 21:21:25 EDT 2006
Hi al - here are the notes (for those of you not on the radical-techies list).
Also - just check my voicemail. Josue called while we were talking to confirm
that he is now the chair of the communications committee. Yipes. Lot's of work
to do very quickly. As soon as we can after Josue returns I think we should
schedule a meeting!
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Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2006 20:28:43 -0400
From: Brian Young <bri.why at gmail.com>
To: Radical-techies at lists.mayfirst.org
Subject: [Radical-techies] US Social Forum tech brainstorm
'Twas a fine brunch we had yesterday - thanks again Jonathan for being
such a gracious host.
A number of us met today at ABC No Rio to brainstorm on what sort of
technical support we want to provide for the US Social Forum. Here are
the notes of that session. We broke the effort down into three stages:
the period leading up to the event, the event itself, and the period after
If you're interested in helping out with this effort, or if you have ideas
of your own that you'd like to pursue, or if you see any glaring omissions
in my notes, please speak up!
Jamie is going to create a mailing list for USSF-related discussions, so
if you'd like to be on that list, then let it be known.
ussf - brainstorm - tech needs - 10/15/06
- a way for attendees to register online
- deploy a calendar/scheduling system whereby attendees can post their
- a way for attendees to propose fora
- a place for groups to develop forum proposals
- allow forum organizers and/or attendees
to upload documents in advance, and collaborate on document
- allow groups to endorse various forum proposals
- provide a housing board, a la lightningbug
- provide a ride shares board, a la lightningbug
- provide technical support for regional organizers
- example: nebraska organizers would like a tiny corner of the ussf
- how to quickly and easily provide a drupal install for these
- basically we need to be able to easily and quickly hand out
the resources and
web tools that the nebraska organizers can use to develop
their tiny corner of
the ussf site. this would require some sort of monitoring for
security reasons, so that
some malicious requestor can't take down a bunch of other
however the best way is to start with everything open, and
develop a plan
to restrict priviledges on an as-needed basis. basically the
best way to find out
if you can trust someone is to trust them.
- how many languages do we need to support?
- web functionality to facilitate hooking visitors into what's happening
- provide online maps of Atlanta, using open GIS software
- possible non-web-related projects
- something akin to "I am New York City" i.e. a print newspaper
interviews with local organizers, explaining what they are up
- organizing local trips to places outside of Atlanta ( e.g.
places damaged by
hurricanes Katrina and Rita)
- a print map project, similar to the RNC map efforts which were
- radical ref. : ready reference kit similar to RNC
- place in which forum organizers can post notes (maybe on a wiki?) during
- a place to post video of each forum
- place to discuss what was talked about at each forum, thread style
- txtmob installation for forum support
- organizers should be able to txt directions, reminders to attendees
- possibly build a system of reminders into txtmob
- create various event-wide alert lists
- perhaps allow conference organizers to export their group's data to
a text document?
- allow people to create easily printable forum schedules
- we probably should use pdf
- concern: pdf format not open enough.
- set up a ussf hotline
- so that i as an attendee can get somebody on the line who speaks
my language and knows the
answer to my forum-related question
- there should be one phone no. which can take multiple lines
- it should be multi-lingual (IVR: spanish - press 1, esperanto -
- you should be able to hear a recording of all the locations, events,
- maybe listen to sessions live? allow people to call in to
this is going to be limited by the number of phone lines we'll have
- speakeasy is the software we want to consider using for this
- pick half doz. sessions to put on live feed on the internet
- video conferencing? be careful with this one... everyone will want it,
and that's problematic
because it is very resource-intensive. we should maybe investigate the
existence of youtube-style resources that aren't for-profit?
- on the ground computer infrastructure
- what tech do we want to make available at forum locations (e.g.
- also, we should put the existing capabilities of each location on a
map (related to web
mapping tool noted above)
- connect with atlanta tech folks? here we need people to call
somebody who knows
somebody who knows somebody...)
- usb straws - flavored vodka.
- mechanism or coalition or agreement to provide tech support for
attendees who want
to continue to maintain the site that was created for their forum.
- listserves for various fora
- allow attendees to post feedback after the event
- break it down into content areas(?)
- continue the calendar afterwards
- place to post big future events
- a place for the results of each forum to persist, regardless of whether
or not the organizers
- are interested in continuing to maintain their forum's site.
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