Thanks to Globelines Broadband, I'm blogging now even as iblog2 is beginning with the Welcome Remarks by Dean Carlota of the UP College of Law.
I'm having problems now, however, with the connection, so I wasn't able to post the initial photo I wanted to post. Then, of course, I'm also having problems because I'm using an OS I'm not too familiar with.
Well, we're online again, and Rebecca MacKinnon is telling her blogging story and how she decided to leave a good job at CNN and start Global Voices.
By the way, that's J. Angelo Racoma, the J Spotter, in the foreground, wearing a blue shirt.
In response to a question, MacKinnon referred to the Great "Firewall" of China and pointed to the OpenNet Initiative, which has built a tool that allows Google users to compare results on google.cn and google.com.
Ronald Meinardus just began his talk on "Blogging and Podcasting as Tools for Political Education." He doesn't have slides, but his paper is now available online at My Liberal Times. If you visit his older site on Blogger, you can see an example of how bloggers "grow" as they gain blogging experience. And now he just said that "the best way of learning is by doing it yourself." Incidentally, some of the iblog2 talks will be posted as podcasts on the Friedrich Naumann Foundation's website.
The photo below gives an idea of how big the crowd is at iblog2.
That's Emil Avancena below, who tagteamed with Mikey, for the latest "Trends and Technology for Filipino Bloggers" as seen by i.ph.
I had to leave for lunch and so I missed "Blogs and the battle for ideas: personalities and issues" by Manuel L. Quezon III and "Blogging and Participatory Governance" by Peter Laviña.
But I did come back in time for the Q&A where Dean Jorge Bocobo (below) gave a passionate reaction to the speakers' ideas. And, of course, I missed the parallel personal blogging session altogether.
A question has just been asked regarding the predominance of blogs written in English. Manolo commented that some, if not most, would like to have a wider audience than just native speakers. But he did mention that there are already efforts among the Visayans to use their languages on their blogs.
This post is getting too long. See Part 2.