First 2010 Indy Media Centre Meeting

Posted in Around Vancouver, Events

As a follow up to the whole Social Media and the 2010 games frenzy of the past couple of weeks a meeting was organized to discuss the possibility of creating a media centre for independed, non-accredited people to use to cover the event. We met last night at the Raincity Studios HQ and we had a great turnout.

I’m not going to recap the meeting here. For that you can go to Raul’s post where he did a great job of live-blogging the session. There is a webpage/wiki with more information about the project and I also attempted to do a live stream using Qik on my iPhone, which mostly worked, and got about half of the meeting online for your viewing pleasure.

The bottom line is that there is a lot of interest from a lot of people and various organizations. We have a lot of questions and a lot of ideas and we need to start working on figuring out what we intend to do and how we are going to get there. I intend to help out in any way I can.

Social Media and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Posted in Around Vancouver, Events, Social networking

I’m a big supporter of independent media. As part of the team at NowPublic I help build tools that anyone can use to report on the news and events happening around them. With the prevalence of devices capable of recording video, still images and sound, it is almost impossible that a significant event will not be recorded in some way. And sometimes all this content created by the people is at odds with the interests of the corporations that produce or sponsor an event.

The 2010 Winter Olympic Games will be taking place in Vancouver and we are home to some very creative people who will be on the ground, recording and reporting on their experience during the games. For this reason a few days ago Raincity Studios wrote an open letter to VANOC requesting to start a conversation about how we can make sure that everyone will be able to document their Olympic experience:

“In brief, we’d like to have a conversation about how to allow fans and amateur media makers to document their Olympic experience while keeping out of the way of the IOC IP lawyers.”

It remains to be seen what VANOC’s response will be, if any. It would be very nice if everyone could document their Olympic experience and share it with the rest of the world without the fear of getting takedown notices that would make all their efforts useless.

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