Money For Nothing and Your Links For Free
Global Voices, a research website affiliated with Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, is giving away $5,000 "for new media outreach projects. Ideal applicants will present innovative and detailed proposals to teach citizen media techniques to communities that are poorly positioned to discover and take advantage of tools like blogging, video-blogging, and podcasting on their own."
I've been watching the growth of Global Voices for a while and have heard of their trips to the Third World where they are patiently organizing networks of bloggers, some of them to the left of center. Nevertheless, it is an impressive and far-sighted strategy. What they are essentially doing is creating nodes and networks of human sensors and capturing the output on their website. The eventual result will be a huge torrent of information from many places that are not well covered by old journalism. And they will own that stream. One day people will think back on what Global Voices is doing and say, "why didn't I think of that?"