Archive for June, 2005

Skype/Yahoo! rumors

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

Again, it’s not for me to say whether any of the recent Skype/Yahoo! rumors (read the comments) are true or not.

Going to Minneapolis

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

I’ll be attending the International Symposium on Local E-Democracy, July 26-27, 2005 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Prior to the conference, I’ll be joining the Face to Face Meeting of The Online Working Group of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (ODDC): “Deepening Online Deliberation - Through Innovative Practice and Research”.

RSS in the enterprise

Friday, June 10th, 2005

More on the potential for RSS in the enterprise:

German elections: online campaigning outlook

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Christoph Bieber of offers a sobering (to all the aspiring e-campaigners out there, at least) analysis on how online campaigning may not play a big role after all in the upcoming early elections in Germany: TV kills the Internet Star (in German).

Now, does that mean that once again we are “behind the times”? I prefer to think it’s simply because online political campaigning has yet to prove itself from an ROI perspective.


Thursday, June 9th, 2005

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Memberships & Associations

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Project Management Institute (PMI)
With over 135,000 members in nearly 150 countries, Project Management Institute (PMI) is the global advocacy organization for the project management profession. Chapter: PMI Silicon Valley Chapter.

The Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM)
AIIM is the international authority on Enterprise Content Management (ECM), the tools and technologies that capture, manage, store, preserve, and deliver content in support of business processes. Chapter: AIIM Golden Gate Chapter.

Software Development Forum (SDForum)
SDForum is the leading Silicon Valley not-for-profit organization providing an unbiased source of information, insight, and expertise to the technology community for the past 20 years. SDForum reaches 12,000 software professionals annually through more than 20 events each month that promote new technologies, businesses and practices that advance the industry. SDForum currently has 2000 paying members.

German Digital Industry Association (BVDW)
With more than 1.300 members, the German Digital Industry Association (Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft e.V.) is the largest professional organization of its kind, not only in Germany, but in the whole of Europe. The trade association represents the digital economy’s content providers, service providers and producers. The BVDW is dedicated to increasing communication and know-how exchange among its members, it is involved in defining standards for the digital economy, and serves as its voice in the political arena.

German American Business Association of California (GABA-CA)
GABA-CA is a member-driven non-profit organization that fosters and promotes transatlantic business, cooperation and careers by providing a network for German-American and US-German trade. Chapter: GABA-CA Northern California Chapter.

Social Media Club (SMC)
Social Media Club is being organized for the purpose of sharing best practices, establishing ethics and standards, and promoting media literacy around the emerging area of Social Media. This is the beginning of a global conversation about building an organization and a community where the many diverse groups of people who care about social media can come together to discover, connect, share, and learn.

National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD)
The mission of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) is to bring together and support people, organizations, and resources in ways that expand the power of discussion to benefit society. NCDD envisions a future in which all people–regardless of income, position, background or education–are able to engage regularly in lively, thoughtful, and challenging conversations about what really matters to them, in ways that have a positive impact on their lives and their world. We envision a society in which systems and structures support and advance inclusive, constructive dialogue and deliberation.

International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)
The International Association for Public Participation, working through its members, helps organizations and communities around the world improve their decisions by involving those people who are affected by those decisions.


Thursday, June 9th, 2005

I’ve been listening to KQED public radio ever since I first found out about it about three years or so ago. They have instantly become my favorite radio station here in the Bay Area. If you want to be at least somewhat informed it’s pretty much the only choice you have (it beats most of what you get on TV these days by far!). I made a pledge to support KQED right the day after moving over in May.

By the way, I was immediately rewarded by listening to a remarkable interview with artist/painter Wayne Thiebaud. Unfortunately, there seems to be no audio available at this point.

Addendum: KQED Listener Service just sent me the dates for the repeats. “City Arts - Thiebaud” will be broadcast again Sunday, September 25th 1pm, Tuesday the 27th 8pm, and Wednesday the 28th, 2am - mark your calendars!

Apple/Intel merger ahead?

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Intel to buy Apple. Steve Jobs finally beats Bill Gates. You gotta admit, this kind of speculation makes for a good read.

PMI Silicon Valley Tools and Techniques Forum

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Yesterday’s topic at PMI Silicon Valley Tools and Techniques Forum, co-hosted by PMI Silicon Valley and SDForum: Managing Customer Expectations with metric based Software Cost Estimating. Fun!

PRSA-SV: Blogs and Mainstream Media

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Today at PRSA-SV the topic was Blogs and Mainstream Media. I keep telling my cousin, who is a journalist, he should seriously start looking into blogging. There are definitely business models for traditional journalists. Specifically, the panel mentioned advertising, subscription fees and syndication as possible sources of revenue (aside from self-promotion and meritocratical benefits).

Blogging a certain niche topic is an opportunity to give some people what they wouldn’t find anywhere else. Which, according to Chris Nolan, is one of the main reasons political blogging has sprung up in such a big way: people just weren’t satisfied with what the networks had to offer them.

And while one can often expect some degree of competition between traditional media and blogger journalists (be they amateurs or professionals), it is at the same time a chance for the old-school journalist to benefit from the large number and the different layers of ongoing conversations that one alone could never cover - not even close.