e-Stas: briefings from the symposium on technologies for social action (II)

e-STAS is a Symposium about the Technologies for the Social Action, with an international and multi-stakeholder nature, where all the agents implicated in the development and implementation of the ICT (NGO’s, Local authorities, Universities, Companies and Media) are appointed in an aim to promote, foster and adapt the use of the ICT for the social action.

Here come my notes for part II.

Tools for collaboration and social networks for the Millennium Development Goals (I)
Raoul Weiler European President of the Club of Rome and Adviser of the Wikimedia Foundation
Social Networks for Enhancing Sustainability & Democracy

Yochai Benkler The Wealth of Networks; Jay Rosen; Lawrence Lessig… social networks can improve the democratic system, by decreasing democratic deficit.

Things that are going to happen:

  • Shift from Groups and Hierarchies to networks as social organizational models (M. Castells)
  • shift from centralized to decentralized decision processes
  • increasing capabilities of individuals as tghe core driving social force
  • the new fact of networked environment is the efficacy basis

Renewal of Commons:

  • Open source and middle-ware
  • OLPC
  • Information & Knowledge (wikipedia)
  • Creative Commons
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Micro-credit (M. Yunus)
  • Social business enterprises (M. Yunus)

Tools for collaboration and social networks for the Millennium Development Goals (II)
The Vit@lis Network
Fabio Nascimbeni, Director of Vit@lis

Vit@lis mission: to gather, share, reuse all the ICT projects that have taken place around the European Commission @lis programme during the last years.

Key issues: multilinguism, intellectual property rights, starting seed capital, real reciprocity, practical policies, multidisciplinarity; sustainability and transferability, articulate information, articulate results, motivation vs. financing, ideas vs. financing, continuous political consensus.

Goal: You sometimes realize that what costed 1,000,000 $ to implant in a couple of places, can be replicated in three more places by just adding 100,000 $ more. That’s the point: to share knowledge that can be applied, replicated with increasing scale benefits.

Tools for collaboration and social networks for the Millennium Development Goals (III)
Digital inclusion strategies cases in Brazil and Bolivia
Carlos Alfonso from Red de Informações para el Tercer Sector

Digital literacy: universalization, democratization, dissemination of digital tools.

The RITS network promotes information society access by all means. Besides digital literacy, there’s an incredibly huge effort to set up hundreds of telecentres, wireless connetivity and mesh networks, community radios, etc.

At the political level, they try and (a) break the official or de facto monopolies on telecommunications and (b) change the legal environment that obstructs the development of the Information Society

Tools for collaboration and social networks for the Millennium Development Goals (IV)
2015: A better world for Joana
Esther Trujillo Jiménez. Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Dep. of Telefónica.

There’s an increasing concern about businesses and their behaviour. More and more NGOs, indexes, reports explain how businesses behave and, in case they don’t do it “right”, some actions are organized against them such a boycotts, demonstrations, letters to CEOs, etc.

On 2002 the FRC (Corporate Reputation Froum) was created for the members to help themselves to achieve a better reputation and social behaviour. One of the projects that they are running is explaining the MDGs to the society. Joana is the character that is going to explain the society about the MDGs, how to achieve them, what have been done, etc.

See also:

e-Stas 2007, Symposium on Technologies for Social Action (2007)

If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:

Peña-López, I. (2007) “e-Stas: briefings from the symposium on technologies for social action (II)” In ICTlogy, #42, March 2007. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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  2. This seems like a very powerful conference. After reading about the first session ‘Tools for collaboration and social networks for the Millennium Development Goals (I)’, I wondered if this discussion included the importance of Net Neutrality. Cause without it you can pretty much throw out the list of things that are going to happen…

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  4. Hi Peter, nice to read from you! :)

    Nope, actually there’s been (at least not yet) any debate on Net Neutrality. Nevertheless, what’s been happening out of the spotlight has been as enriching as the programmed events.

    In this aspect, informal/formal talks with people like Robert Guerra, Allen Gunn, Eddan Katz or Jonathan Chacón have indeed raised those Net Neutrality issues you were writing about and, as far as I’ve been knowing thanks to this chats, the issue is absolutely in the agenda of (almost) everyone :)

  5. “…social networks can improve the democratic system, by decreasing democratic deficit.” There is another side to this. The more debate, information and political action take place on the internet, the greater the deficit for those without access to it. I think anyone interested in promoting social action on the internet must also be part of the fight for affordable, high speed internet access for all. See http://www.speedmatters.org

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