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PC World: Users Direct the Next Big Thing  -- "People are in fact a kind of killer app," Tim O'Reilly said in his "O'Reilly Radar" keynote address at the recent Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego. He cites the recent blossoming of so-called social networks as one of the latest examples of user influence on applications.  [PC World]

Guardian: Let's be Friendsters  -- Social networking was one of the key themes of ETech.  [Guardian Unlimited]

eWeek: Tech Conferences Ready to Go Virtual  -- ETech 2004 is now history, with a Wiki full of Hydra and blogger transcripts to document it. Conferences are mental marathons, and this one was as hard to keep up with as ever.  [eWeek]

The Nation: Tripping on Internet Populism  -- Picture a hotel conference room filled with a couple hundred people, most of them men, most of them white, and nearly all of them either in their 20s or boomers in their middle-age years, attending the Digital Democracy Teach-In. . . .  [The Nation]

Robert Kaye: ETech Wrap-Up  -- ETech was a blast as usual: great venue, great speakers, and great attendees. What more could you ask from a conference?   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Technology Review: View from the Alpha Geek  -- Rael Dornfest speaks quickly but calmly when he discusses trends. The words pour out with a hint of a foreign accent; he's glad to release what his high- bandwidth brain has already absorbed and processed.  [MIT Technology Review]

PC World: Can the Internet Save Democracy?  -- "This was not a dot-com crash," Trippi told an audience of alpha geeks at a Digital Democracy Teach-In at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. "The Howard Dean campaign was a dot-com miracle."  [PC World]

eWeek: Online Collaboration Borne from Multiplayer Game  -- Ludicorp Research & Development Ltd. unveiled its web collaboration application, called Flickr, during a preview this week for attendees of ETech.  [eWeek]

Quinn Norton: Tim O'Reilly Keynote  -- Having seen a few of Tim O'Reilly's keynotes, I get the feeling that he throws conferences to get thousands of people working on the technologies he really wants.  [Ambiguous.org]

John Adams: The First Presidential Weblog  -- What I wish I'd been able to toss into Joi Ito and Ethan Zuckerman's session on Emergent Democracy Worldwide.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Timothy Appnel: The End Is Near  -- We're part way through the third day already and I've been moving through the conference so quickly that I can barely keep up with the action, let alone sit to write something coherent. I'm already looking forward to the next one.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Robert Kaye: FOAF  -- FOAF (Friend of a Friend) is the decentralized answer to social software systems like Friendster and Tribe.net. Using XML/RDF and well established bottom-up tools, FOAF is the best tool for giving users power over their own data in social software systems.  [O'Reilly Weblogs]

eWeek: Microsoft Research Ready with Aura  -- Microsoft Corporation's Research organization is preparing to publicly release the client application for its Aura research project, a researcher told attendees of the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference.  [eWeek]

eWeek: eBay to Expand Developers' Access with Beefier Web Services  -- eBay, Inc. is expanding its developer program to support more Web services protocols and programming languages, the company announced Tuesday during ETech.  [eWeek]

Change for America: Joe Trippi on His ETech Speech  -- I answered a question about compensation for my work for "Dean for America" during the Q&A at ETech, but I want to tell you what I think about these stories and why I worked on the campaign.  [Change for America]

InfoWorld: It's All About Scale  -- My discussions at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference today have all revolved around scale.  [InfoWorld]

chromatic: Wacky Ideas from ETech, Day 3  -- Given the gentle clack of keyboards and the comforting hum of surge protectors, there's already plenty of coverage of tutorials, sessions, and presentations. Instead of adding to that, here's a wacky idea for Day 3 of ETech.  [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Reuters: Robot Invasion Puts People Out of Work, Thankfully  -- They do the jobs no one else wants to do, with an attention to detail that boggles the mind. Even so, no government or political party is putting up immigration barriers to keep them out--at least, not yet.  [Reuters]

IT Conversations: Joe Trippi Transcript  -- A printable transcript of Joe Trippi's speech at the Digital Democracy Teach-In is now available.  [IT Conversations]

Robert Kaye: Technorati Presentation  -- David Sifry's presentation at ETech showed how Technorati has its finger on the pulse of the blogosphere, and the impressive data that Technorati can pull from its vast database.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Sam Ruby: Blogging via Atom API on Nokia 6600  -- Christian Lindholm writes, "Pertti Korhonen, Nokia's new CTO, introduced PhotoBlog for Series 60 in his keynote at ETech in San Diego. This application proof-of-concept is supporting the Atom API, enabling users to post to leading blog platforms."  [Sam Ruby]

Timothy Appnel: (Almost) Sleepless in San Diego  -- Another ETech is here and, like last time, I'm exhausted already. This much enthusiasm, creative spirit, and technical know-how in one place should be illegal.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

MacSlash: Tim O'Reilly's Keynote  -- O'Reilly's address, dubbed the "O'Reilly Radar," focused on the overarching themes Tim sees taking place in what he's previously called the "alpha geek" space.  [MacSlash]

Red Herring: Got Robots?  -- Helen Greiner, president of Roomba and PackBot developer and manufacturer of iRobot, says the era of robots is beginning now.  [Red Herring]

David Sklar: ETech Day 2, Data Visualization and Vegetables  -- Day 2 at the Emerging Technology Conference was filled (for me) with new ideas, new people, and some tasty vegetables.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

eWeek: Trippi's Two Americas  -- Former Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi used his ETech keynote to explain how social software is becoming a political tool.  [Steve Gillmor's eWEEK Blogosphere]

chromatic: Wacky Ideas from ETech 2004, Day 1  -- One of the goals of ETech is to identify and harness new ideas about creating and using technology. Instead of summarizing talks, posting photos, or playing the "who didn't link to whom" game, I'll post a new wacky idea every day of the conference. Here's a wacky idea from Day 1.  [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Leveraging RSS at Disney  -- Cory Doctorow's running notes from the ETech talk on Leveraging RSS at Disney: From Collaboration to Massive Content Delivery[Boing Boing]

SJ Mercury: Trippi's Bet on Net Will Pay Off Far into the Future  -- Maybe Howard Dean's campaign troops didn't overthrow generations of political tradition, says Joe Trippi, who was recently deposed as Dean's presidential campaign manager. And maybe they didn't reclaim America from a top-down system of politics and media. But he believes they put into motion some changes that can't be stopped.  [Mercury News]

Salon: Politics by Other Means  -- Weeks ago, when plans were laid for the Digital Democracy Teach-In, the event--a gathering of pundits and participants in the burgeoning world of online political organizing--looked poised to turn into a coronation party for the Internet's own candidate, Howard Dean.  [Salon]

Wired: Trippi: Net Politics Here to Stay  -- Speaking at the Digital Democracy Teach-In, part of this week's O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, Trippi issued a spirited defense of the former Vermont governor's campaign, and his role in Dean for America's mercurial rise and fall.  [Wired News]

Eric Bonabeau's "Evolving the Bad Guy" Talk  -- Here are my running notes from Eric Bonabeau's "Evolving the Bad Guy" at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego.  [Boing Boing]

Doc Searls: Technoratification  -- Dave Sifry, in the middle of his talk on Technorati Hacks here at ETech, just said, "I want you to blog this link." So here ya go. Also this (right click to zoom in) and this (same). The point of the last link: many more little clusters than big clusters ("lest you think this is a broadcast medium").  [The Doc Searls Weblog]

LA Times: Trippi Says His Work for Dean Cost Him Money  -- Joe Trippi, former campaign manager for presidential candidate Howard Dean, gave a spirited defense of his work for the foundering candidate Monday, saying that he lost money by devoting himself to Dean and that he planned to organize a broader political movement.  [LATimes.com]

Doc Searls: All the News That's Fit to Teach  -- I'll give my own report on the DDTI later in Linux Journal. In the meantime, here's a rundown of sources who were on-hand for the event.  [The Doc Searls Weblog]

AP: Former Dean Campaign Manager Counsels Against Email Address Release  -- Joe Trippi, credited with making the Internet a powerful tool for the former Vermont governor's White House effort, told a group of about 300 online mavens that the decision of what to do with more than 600,000 email addresses rests entirely with the Dean campaign.  [SFGate.com]

David Sklar: Digital Democracy Teach-In  -- The Digital Democracy Teach-In at the Emerging Technology Conference: a mix of skepticism and whole-hearted Kool-Aid drinking.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Schuyler Erle: Roll Over, Confab--Here Comes ActiveCampus  -- At last year's ETech, Ludicorp's Stewart Butterfield made a splash with Confab, a browser-based tool for finding other conference attendees. This year, UCSD's Bill Griswold ups the ante with ActiveCampus, a Wi-Fi location-sensing system tailored for the Emerging Technology Conference and based on the system being used on the UCSD main campus.  [O'Reilly Weblogs]

AP: Dean's Former Campaign Manager Defends Pay Package   -- Howard Dean's former campaign manager, Joe Trippi, said Monday that he was paid about $165,000 for his work, attempting to blunt suggestions that he jumped into the campaign to get rich. "The implication is that I'm a thief," Trippi told the Digital Democracy Teach-In attendees. "That doesn't bother me as much as the implication that I'm a really bad thief."  [SFGate.com]

Reuters: How Web Support Failed Dean in Crunch  -- Internet activism that thrust up the Howard Dean U.S. presidential campaign later hobbled the organization's ability to respond to criticism in the weeks before the primaries, Dean's former campaign manager said on Monday.  [Reuters]

eWeek: Digital Democracy  -- ETech is off to the races with an opening keynote by Dean architect (and now MSNBC commentator) Joe Trippi. Trippi made news by strongly hinting at a return to the fray. "Maybe a web site . . . I have a number of ideas," Trippi offhandedly tossed out midway through a Q&A session.  [Steve Gillmor's eWEEK Blogosphere]

The Joy of Tech: Emerging Technology  -- The Joy of Tech sets its sights today on the alpha geeks at O'Reilly's Emerging Technology Conference.  [The Joy of Tech]

Joe Trippi at Digital Democracy Teach-In  -- Tim O'Reilly: Changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators. Introducing Joe Trippi as "the Edison of the movement. But we're not sure yet whether he found the right filament." Trippi's background is in both politics and technology, including open source on the tech side.  [Weblogsky]

DDTI: Effective Political Blogging  -- Doc Searls, Halley Suitt, Mitch Radcliffe, Cameron Barrett, and Dave Weinberger are doing a panel on effective political blogging.  [Windley's Enterprise Computing Weblog]

VoxPolitics: Feeling Trippi  -- I'm listening, like much of the rest of the blogosphere, to Joe Trippi's talk at ETech. Taking notes seems a little futile given the vast number of others taking them, but here are mine.  [The VoxPolitics blog]

Live from ETech: Joe Trippi  -- Rapid recontextualisations make my head hurt. Nonetheless, today I'm not in Los Angeles having fun with friends in drag. Today, I'm watching Joe Trippi talk about American politics and the consequences of the Dean's Internet-enabled fundraising and campaigning tools.  [plasticbag.org]

Blogging ETech  -- In addition to the slew of live bloggers and wiki coverage already taking place at ETech, Jason Calacanis just launched www.bloggingetech.com[Boing Boing]

John Adams: My Digital Democracy Wish List  -- What I'd like to but am doubtful of hearing today at the Digital Democracy sessions.  [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Processing Trippi  -- I just listened to Joe Trippi speak at ETech. Everyone was ecstatic, enthused, wanting more, wanting to see how to extend it further. I was disappointed, reminded of why I feel disenchanted with politics. In campaigns, the measurement of success is how much money is raised, how many people are behind the person, etc. Quantitative bits.  [apophenia]

Wherefore Dean Community?  -- I'm listening to Joe Trippi, Howard Dean's former campaign manager, and the Q&A session at O'Reilly's Emerging Technology Conference. The most interesting question (from a writer at The Nation): What happens to the entire "Dean for President" community when the candidacy folds?  [social beasts]

John Adams: Digital Democracy Weblogging  -- My weblogs from the Digital Democracy sessions.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

eWeek: Social Software Showdown  -- While the music industry gathers in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards, under the watchful eye of Federal Censorship Commission czar Michael Powell, I'll be checking in ninety miles down the road at ETech. As Hollywood remains preoccupied with exposed skin and protecting fading business models, a loosely coupled band of technologists will meet to stoke the fires of the peer-to-peer revolution.  [Steve Gillmor's eWEEK Blogosphere]

Marc Hedlund: A Chorus of Keyboards at the Digital Democracy Teach-In  -- It's amazing to sit here in the Digital Democracy Teach-In, where Joe Trippi has just begun speaking, and listen to the chorus of keyboards recording, I suspect, every word he says.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Joi Ito: Photos from ETech  -- Joe Trippi is speaking now. Here is my ETech 2004 photo album. (Feel free to use any of the photos.)  [Joi Ito's Web]

Dan Gillmor: Joe Trippi on E-Politics  -- I'll be filing my impressions of Joe Trippi's speech here today at the Emerging Technology Conference. I prefer to listen at the moment.  [Dan Gillmor's eJournal]

Doc Searls: Teach On  -- The name of the Digital Democracy Teach-In changed a couple times in the womb. It was Emerging Democracy, then Emergent Democracy . . . But since it front-loads what we've come to call ETech, it has inevitably come to be called EDem.  [The Doc Searls Weblog]

LA Times: Dean Backers Debate Internet "Echo Chamber"  -- Monday, Doc Searls will join a throng of online mavens at a San Diego conference on "digital democracy" to hash over what went wrong and what can be fixed. Searls and Trippi are scheduled to speak, as are the heads of two Internet outfits that drove Dean's rise from outsider to front-runner.  [LATimes.com]

Tim O'Reilly: Some Nice Editorials on Dean and Blogs  -- A couple of links to thoughtful editorials on blogging and its limits as a tool in politics.  [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Schuyler Erle: Collaborative Mapping at Emerging Technology 2004  -- Come to the Emerging Technology 2004 Collaborative Mapping Workshop and help us experiment with the digital maps of the future.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Learn-In  -- Halley has a brief promo of the Effective Political Blogging panel at next Monday's Digital Democracy Teach-In, which leads into O'Reilly's Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego. Here's Tim's longer take on the subject.  [The Doc Searls Weblog]

Social Networking Software + Me = ETech  -- For those who will be at ETech this year, I'll be giving a presentation on the tension between users and creators in the social networking software space, focusing on how users repurpose technologies to meet their needs.  [apophenia]

Ethan Zuckerman Begins Emergent Democracy Worldwide Discussion  -- Ethan and I will be leading a discussion called "Emergent Democracy Worldwide" at the Digital Democracy Teach-In in San Diego on February 9.  [Joi Ito's Web]

JeannieAndJibot Session at ETech  -- If you hang out on #joiito or are interested in learning more and plan to be at ETech, please vote for, sign up for, and contribute ideas to the session we are planning. We're going to try to play with RFIDs and the Jeannie's Cafe idea and we need a headcount, so please sign up early if you're interested. We hope Hecklebot will be there as well.  [Joi Ito's Web]

Social Networks, Coordination, Great Bookstores, Cities, Zürich  -- We're now t minus one week before the beginning of the term. I've been pulled into one of the workshops the first-year students are doing, and it's been great: it's on the project I've been working on with Michael for O'Reilly's Emerging Technology Conference: fluidtime for social networks. Over my break in San Francisco, I researched the coordination habits of a few different groups of friends to see how the social networks essentially find the right time.  [girlwonder]

Upcoming Appearances: Digital Democracy and Emerging Technology  -- I'm looking forward to speaking at and attending the Digital Democracy Teach-In and the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego next month.  [Dan Gillmor's eJournal]

Emerging Tech Goes Mobile  -- The O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference is just around the corner, and I realized I'd not yet mentioned it on MobileWhack. I so look forward to ETech every year; it's like geek summer camp filled with wondrous technology, sparkling conversation, hackery and tomfoolery, and brilliant folks galore. And this year, there's more mobility than you can shake an all-but ineffective, flimsy pull-out handset antenna at.  [MobileWhack]

Robert Kaye: ETech Is Just Around the Corner  -- I'm ready for O'Reilly's ETech Conference. Are you?   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

 Features and Photos

Annotating Everything: A Report on Marc A. Smith's Talk  -- Daniel Steinberg reports from ETech with an in-depth look at featured speaker Marc A. Smith's session, Catalyzing Collective Action on the Net. Marc demonstrated several tools that show promise as ways to enhance online communities.  [O'Reilly Network]

Strong Finish
Strong Finish -- Wednesday afternoon and Thursday maintained the energy that flowed through the Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego. The Expo floor was the afternoon hangout for attendees (where they could juice up with fresh coffee and ice cream) and the sessions were full and active.

Full Swing
Full Swing -- ETech moved into full swing on Tuesday afternoon and into Wednesday. The sessions began after the Tuesday keynotes, the Expo floor opened, and ADC sponsored a welcome reception in the evening. There's lots to do and think about here in San Diego.

O'Reilly's Digital Democracy Teach-In  -- This year's ETech began with an impressive set of tutorials. But you also had the option to spend the first day of the conference at the Digital Democracy Teach-In, learning how to take back control of a different sort of operating system. Daniel Steinberg reports on keynotes from Joe Trippi, former campaign manager for Howard Dean; Wes Boyd, co-founder of MoveOn.org; Scott Heiferman, co-founder and CEO of Meetup.com; and many more.  [O'Reilly Network]

Energy and Enthusiasm
Energy and Enthusiasm -- The conclusion of the Digital Democracy Teach-In on Monday and the launch of the ETech keynotes and sessions on Tuesday morning generated energy and enthusiasm among attendees.

Digital Democracy in the Spotlight
Digital Democracy in the Spotlight -- The Digital Democracy Teach-In is a one-day event exploring the impact of Internet technologies on our political process. Former Howard Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi got things rolling with an invigorating opening talk about what he's learned online.

An Introduction to the Twisted Networking Framework  -- Network programming is difficult, and not just because bandwidth and latency are hard to manage. Sending and receiving messages in a timely fashion is tricky, even if you're working with a well-established protocol. Itamar Shtull-Trauring introduces Python's Twisted framework for writing networked applications and will present a session on Twisted at ETech[ONLamp.com]

Wireless Mesh Networking  -- Tomas Krag takes a look at some of the principles of wireless mesh networking, and he provides a simple test scenario for running a mesh routing protocol on a Linux-based computer. Tomas will discuss wireless networks as a low-cost, decentralized alternative for the developing world at the Emerging Technology Conference.  [Wireless DevCenter]

Quantum Dots and Programmable Matter  -- Wil McCarthy introduces the concepts of programmable matter and the quantum dot, a device capable of trapping electrons in a space so small it forms artificial atoms that can be controlled in real time. If you'd like to learn more about this "programmable matter," Wil plans to explore the social and technological implications of quantum dots at O'Reilly's Emerging Technology Conference.  [O'Reilly Network]

Design Considerations for Microsoft Smartphone Applications  -- Microsoft has recently announced support for the .NET CF in the new Smartphone 2003. Here are some things to keep in mind when developing .NET CF Smartphone applications, by Wei-Meng Lee. Wei-Meng will be discussing Smartphones in his tutorial, Developing Smartphone Applications with the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework, at O'Reilly's 2004 Emerging Technology Conference[Wireless DevCenter]

The Interpretation of Dreams: An Explanation of the Electric Sheep Distributed Screen Saver  -- Electric Sheep is a distributed screen saver that harnesses idle computers into a render farm with the purpose of animating and evolving artificial life forms. Scott Draves will present a session on Electric Sheep at O'Reilly's Emerging Technology Conference[OpenP2P.com]

Beyond Hacking the Xbox  -- Bruce Stewart interviews Andrew "bunnie" Huang, a featured speaker at O'Reilly's upcoming Emerging Technology Conference. In this interview, Andrew discusses flaws with the DMCA, the current states of reverse engineering and Moore's Law, what he's hacking now, and what he'll be speaking about at ETech.   [OpenP2P.com]