OneWebDay
September 18th, 2006

The first OneWebDay is scheduled for Sept. 22, 2006. It is a global celebration of the collaborative, participatory nature of the web.

Message: All across the globe, in small ways and big ways, people will be celebrating the internet on Sept. 22. Because the web runs on wires and uses machines, we forget that it’s fundamentally a social, human place. It’s changed the world in the last ten years; it’s helped families keep in touch, helped people find jobs, brought news close to home, and on and on. The web is worth celebrating, and so we’re going to do that for the first time next Friday. Because the web is made of people, it’s up to us to protect it — and not take it for granted. The idea behind OneWebDay is to create an Earth Day for the internet. It is a day to celebrate how important the web is to each of us.

There is a web site (http://onewebday.org) which is a clearinghouse for OneWebDay online projects and news. Flickr pictures and posts tagged OneWebDay can be seen on the site, which has a blog and a wiki aimed at encouraging participation. Video tagged OneWebDay and uploaded to blip.tv (a free hosting service) will be aggregated by Dabble.com.

OneWebDay physical events: In NYC, we plan to have a lunchtime event in The Battery, near Castle Clinton (a wireless hotspot) at noon on Sept. 22. Craig Newmark (of Craigslist) and Scott Heiferman (of Meetup) will be speaking about how the web has changed and will change lives around the world, and WIRED will be announcing a new international wireless logo. Councilwoman Gale Brewer will also be speaking.

Similar plans are underway in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Urbana/Champaign, San Francisco, Boston, Charleston, Vienna (Austria), Naples (Italy), Sofia (Bulgaria), Tokyo (Japan), Colombo (Sri Lanka), and London (England). In Canada, CIRA (the .ca registry) has committed significant financial support to promote the OneWebDay celebration in cities across the country — a Canadian celebrity is running a OneWebDay tour for the month before OneWebDay.

Organization: OneWebDay, Inc. has been formed and is seeking nonprofit status. It has a Board made up of online luminaries (Doc Searls, David Weinberger, David Isenberg, Mary Hodder), business people (Don Telage, David Johnson, Rick Whitt), a NYC PR person (Renee Edelman, Edelman), a key researcher (Gregg Vesonder, AT&T), and a former state AG (Jim Tierney, Maine). Its president is Susan Crawford, a professor at Cardozo Law School in NYC who has been visiting the participating cities. She is committed to working on this holiday for the next 10 years.


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