Fresh from my Yale "Access to Knowledge" conference a couple of weeks ago, I will be in Harvard next week for the "Beyond Broadcast" conference sponsored by my new favorite institution, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The goal of the conference is:
to create an opportunity for interaction between active participants in traditional public media and new participatory web-based efforts; to showcase and discuss the latest projects and models emerging faster than anyone can keep track of; and to cultivate a shared understanding of the potential and meaning of a renewed public media role…. Throughout we will explore the thesis that traditional public media – public broadcasting, cable access television, etc – face a unique opportunity to embrace new social media models – podcasting, blogs, social software, etc – and create a stronger and more vital public service.
Beyond Broadcast is cool for a few reasons. The most salient being that they will have a virtual parallel conference on "Berkman Island" in Second Life. Also they are organizing their conference using a wiki. And they will be demo’ing several cutting edge community and alternative media technologies, like the Democracy Media Player which I’ve blogged about before, the Digital Bicycle Project for independent media producers to share content online, and the distributed documentary on the Iraq war called "The War Tapes."
Yet again, go Berkman.