[Seth-Trips] Tech and the Developing World, May 15, Berkeley [anirvan@chatterjee.net: Berkeley Cybersalon on Tech and the Developing World, May 15]

Jim Pick jim at jimpick.com
Wed May 25 18:37:14 PDT 2005

Funny writeup about the Cybersalon:


I was there, and it's pretty much the same experience I had.  Berkeley
is a strange place.  :-)


 - Jim

Seth David Schoen wrote:
> This sounds very interesting, but it conflicts perfectly with the cena
> Latina.  I would go if it weren't for the cena.  But I'm still
> thinking of doing the "Learn to Ride a Segway" on Sunday in the
> afternoon before the cena (and before this event).
> ----- Forwarded message from Anirvan Chatterjee <anirvan at chatterjee.net> -----
> Date: Mon, 9 May 2005 17:44:27 -0700
> From: Anirvan Chatterjee <anirvan at chatterjee.net>
> Subject: Berkeley Cybersalon on Tech and the Developing World, May 15
> Y'all might be interested in this...
> ----- Forwarded message from Whoisylvia at aol.com -----
> From: Whoisylvia at aol.com
> Date: Mon, 09 May 2005 07:02:32 -0700
> Subject: Berkeley Cybersalon May 15
> Berkeley Cybersalon /Technology and the Developing World: Boon or
> Bane? / Sunday, May 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar
> St., Berkeley Silicon Valley people love to solve problems, but in
> the process they often create new problems?as in the Third World.
> While technology can level the playing field for developing
> countries, it often supplants and destroys the very cultures these
> societies have taken centuries, if not millennia, to develop. How
> should we introduce new technologies to developing countries so that
> we can keep the best of both worlds? Join us for an interactive
> panel-audience discussion on this topic. Invited panelists include:
> Lee Felsenstein, who built the first portable computer, the Osborne,
> and has tried to port the Internet to the jungles of Laos using the
> pedal power of the bicycle. Eric Brewer, cofounder of spider search
> engine Inktomi and computer science professor at UC Berkeley, who
> just led a delegation of open source computing advocates to India.
> Richard Komans, who set up an Internet Bookmobile Project in Uganda
> to download and publish books on the spot, and Jessica Mitchell, a
> Geekcorps technology volunteer who is working with Ghana?s ISPs. And
> invited to join the discussion on the other side of the debate:
> Claudia Carr, UCB associate professor in Environmental Science,
> Policy, and Management, who has firsthand experience of the way
> modern technology destroys ancient cultures. Iain Boal, social
> historian of science and technics at UCB?s Institute of International
> Studies, edited a book called ?Resisting the Virtual Life: The Culture
> and Politics of Information,? which sheds some insights on the damage
> caused by high-tech, for export or not. Come join us for an engaging
> discussion in which everyone is encouraged to participate. $10 gets
> you drinks and something to whet your appetite. The Hillside Club is
> half a mile from the Berkeley BART station, and coming south from
> Highway 80, take the University Ave. exit, go under the freeway along
> the frontage road and make a right at the 4RENT sign, which is Cedar
> St. Go up two miles and park. If you need a ride, contact
> whoisylvia at aol.com.
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