Globalization and Democratization as Works in Progress
April 30th, 2005
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Wayne E. Yang writes Smartmobs: ‘I was recently in Johannesburg, speaking on a conference about democratization and globalization and mentioned how new tech tools might encourage grass roots participation. Here is the transcript of my speech’.

Tools like blogging, wikis and cell phone publishing are still nascent, but their potential is tremendous. Those willing to engage the political process have more channels to make their voices heard outside of official or corporate channels. More than having a vote, they can be heard. Otherwise illegitimate voices can be made legitimate. Government and large corporations can be made to listen. The challenge of citizen journalism is how those who love democracy, like those in this room who have dedicated their lives to its cause, can place more of these resources in the hands of more people.


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