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i want to thank everybody for coming here today and especially the people who were here from the beginning

eric wiseman
tom smuts
dave marglin
jon zittrain
john perry barlow
larry lessig
alex and wendy
myles berkman
fern and eric saltzman

we are here to talk about the future of the net.

my vision of the future of the net is the same as the vision i enunciated ten years ago.

cyberspace is an integrated media realm of stories told and shared by digitally connected and enabled hearts and minds.
WE are the Future of the Internet. We have good stories to live and to tell.
let us make our stories represent our values of
open code
open access
open talk
open education
let’s bridge the digital divide
let’s build the commons of the net

Sammy beside me

Thanks to Eric Priest and Susie Lindsay

Connect Jamaica China America
Digital China/Harvard

Who are we
Active, we are here to do it
Scribe it, archive it, use the question tool,

Do what-
Create a friendly flow of commerce and culture
Build a power base from which to better deal

America, idea of goodness
Math, computer programming,
Civil rights movement, race and gender
Marijuana, woodstock, lennon
The Problem of Three Hats

Humans at base of net

Broadband Strategy for Jamaica
Knit the diaspora together
Spark industry

Embassy opens: Patterson agreed to Zeng’s proposals, saying they are practical and feasible. He hoped that Jamaica’s cooperation with China will be reinforced in infrastructure, sports and the entertainment industry and his country expects to coordinate with China in international economic affairs.

focus on my class

i’ve been keeping a journal on the wiki of my Evidence class and finding that the focus of my blogattention has shifted from here to there.

AFRIKA CHINA JAMAICA UNITED -biggest of the big, smallest of the small

When visiting Beijing last summer in company of Ben Walker I met Liang Lu and learned the story of Bokee, and how Chinese blogspace, sparked by interest in a woman’s stories, exploded with exponential growth . I met a Chinese blogger and an interpreter who showed me passion.

I met Jeremy Goldkorn and, watched the documentary that he and his partner had made, telling the story of an amateur football team comprised of African men who had come to Beijing for work and found connection playing football, AFRIKA UNITED.

In Jamaica in October for our CyberStrategy conference, sitting in the conference room at Growth Facilitators, the company that put the conference together, talking with Norman, friend and chairman of Growth Facilitators advisory board, I pitched the cyberstrategy to him of inviting AFRIKA UNITED and a Chinese team from their league to come to Jamaica on a goodwill tour mixing, football, music and community development in venues around the island, with bloggers along, telling the stories of the trip and generating media for a global Chinese and Jamaican audience. Norman liked it. Here’s audio, NormanConquest.mp3.

Next I discussed the idea with Moneyede Martin of SSET, who expressed willingness to coordinate such a tour on the ground in Jamaica along with Kevin Wallen of Destiny Productions.

I met Ken Shaw at the South Camp Quiz Competition, who contributes equipment for the inmates at South Camp to play ball. He thought SSET could field a competitive team.

Then, in London, at Berkman’s Global Voices 2005 London Summit, I met Kevin, who founded Bokee, and Nart, who will host the domain of our JamaicaExpress group blog, and learned about PledgeBank as a means for raising funds for interesting ventures.

What are the pieces still needed to fall into place in order to make this idea for internet development come true? Can we set a budget, set a date, see if there are Jamaican and Chinese companies who might lend support?


[email – read from bottom up]

Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 06:17:43 -0500
To: Roberto Mangabeira Unger “unger”
From: Charles Nesson “nesson”
Subject: Re: Jamaica/Brazil + China
Cc: ronaldo Lemos”rlemos”

Roberto — Are you interested?

WSIS – Focus 2

At 09:07 AM 11/16/2005, Jimmy Wales wrote:
What sort of provocative thing ought I to say in Tunis about this:

I’m going to try not to get stabbed, but getting thrown out of the
country early wouldn’t be so bad… my little girl has a daisy troop
thing I don’t want to miss. 🙂


Assume your audience has the facts, point those who don’t toward coverage of the report. Address the plight of nations and national leaders who are feeling threatened by our open global communications network and who respond by filtering, like Tunis. Do not talk down. Focus on the trajectory of freedom over time. See China PRP, for example, as a government in which the trajectory of freedom is positive. The operative point of focus should not be the state of filtering at any one given time but on the slope of the freedom curve. Are people looking up, or are people looking down. Rebecca MacKinnon sounds from China, Ethan from ACCRA. Sound this note for Global Voices.



growth facilitators logo

The Jah Cure Saga

The Victim
heard what she had to say

The Charged, Convicted, Sentenced and Serving

hear what he has to say.

This is Jah Cure. He’s recording in the computer lab at Tower Street.

The Issues are Jamaica’s.

CyberStrategy Jamaica will invent open process to allow Jamaica to consider and resolve issues that divide it. This is CyberStrategy.

Morning Blog: IM with Palfrey

charlesnesson: hey
jgpalfrey : hey!
jgpalfrey : are you around?
jgpalfrey : talk today?
charlesnesson: in kingston
jgpalfrey : I am in office
jgpalfrey : no way!!!
charlesnesson: just sent you email
jgpalfrey : ok one sec
charlesnesson: if you want more I’m sending a note just prepared for jie in beijing.
jgpalfrey : I don’t see it yet
jgpalfrey : is that possible?
charlesnesson: weird, it shows a check next to it in my outbox, but really, just sent
jgpalfrey : aha — now there
charlesnesson: anyway, my question is whether i can invite folks to Berkman to talk about the idea of a global born digital repository on October 15-16.
jgpalfrey : it’s no problem for me
charlesnesson: cool
jgpalfrey : but let me check around to see if anyone has objections based on time conflicts
charlesnesson: ok
jgpalfrey : I don’t imagine that the Jamaica event will require much staffing on our end, if any at all, right?
jgpalfrey : so I doubt there’d be a problem on that score
charlesnesson: :- – Cyberschool – –

Internet Democracy

We the People now have power to express ourselves and to aggregate our expression through the net. This is an awesome power. Aggregation is driven by Shannon’s Surprise.

Demonstrate Moderation – Medical Marijuana

love like tea like music

Travels with Ben and Charlie: Listen to a passionate Chinese blogger who writes love poetry to his distant lover.

– –love_like_tea_like_music– –

Ben Walker’s my producer. He’s been looking for a format with which to project my voice. He sets me up and lets me go. He likes the mix on mix and loves the bridge of cultures. Global Voices. Thank you Rebecca and Ethan. Our time in Beijing has been one of breaking ground before us in methods of connecting as we draw diagrams on white boards in Liang’s black pen. Bokee. 300 employees up from one last year filtering chinese blogs to a daily top ten, a sharing service to organize translation. yes there is a model here.

The process i went through was simple cut and paste with the feeling of playing with time as you tell a story. There is tempo in the music of the sounds, surprise in new way to sing.

Ben and I went to a club last night to see a film. Posters for the event read African Boots of Beijing underlined with chinese logograms. Met Jeremy Goldkorn from South Africa and Luke Mines who had made this film about Afrika United, a football team of Africans in Beijing, a charming film shot for US$100 cash outlay. The star to my mind is the coach from Etheopia with picture of Haille Selassie big in white against the black of his well filled T-shirt. His father worked for Haille Selassie. The film shows a photograph of him as a boy of maybe four peeking out from his father’s knee as his father and Haille Selassie speak. With slightly more fluid technology at hand i would show you a bit of it, at least the photo, but alas. The club is pretty cool, an ex-pat place that could have been in Brooklyn for all you could tell being inside. The showing of the film was to raise money for the club, which brings together in an inviting way all of Africa in a manner that invites their friendship for Beijing. The stories are of young men who came to Beijing and found connection. The story itself is one which could engage the imagination of Africans and Chinese people all over the world. Twenty airplane tickets and hospitality on the other side would take them on a tour to spread this word of Chinese friendship. Credibility, second only in importance to identity, of which it is a part. The music is African-Jamaican-Chinese, love like tea.

I never got to use the Willie Nelson -Countryman Album with the marijuana leaf prominent on its cover. Here’s the mix i made on it, smokin palm.


At lunch today I had an opportunity to talk about Intellectual Property to a distinguished group including Guo Liang, Chinese host for Bill Dutton’s Oxford program which brings me here. Guoliang is a philospher who discovered internet early on and has led in China’s understanding of it. So drawn to internet he does not own a television set. And He Dequan, a smiling man who represents Confucius. He welcomed us in the morning when our meeting began and sat next to me at lunch. I spoke of the growing conflict between China and America on the issue of copyright protection and of exploring together a technological strategy for easing it. I offered the Library of All Born Digital as a promising path. The building we were in was magnificent, bottom to top, starting with an Emperor’s Chair in the entrance grand and gold flanked by a gleaming red Porche roadster. Judging by the paper quality of the materials passed out along with cards I was at the State Council Information Office, People’s Republic of China at the China International Culture Exchange Center at a Workshop for Information Society & IT Governance. The food was great. I’m getting better with the slippery sticks. :