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ISOC-NY News: member meeting Wed. 12/9 | Net Neutrality & Wordcamp Vids | and more

From: Joly M.
Sent on: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 7:45 AM
ISOC-NY news... we are having the final members meeting for 2009 on Wednesday; there are a videos available of recent net neutrality events, and the recent WordCamp NYC; an ISOC-NY member's access project in Harlem has received funding; and the ISOC-NY website has an exciting new feature!


ISOC-NY will be holding it?s end-of-year members meeting on Wed Dec 9 at NYU.

* What: ISOC-NY Members meeting
* When: Wed. December[masked]pm-8.30pm
* Where: Room 317, Warren Weaver Hall, 251 Mercer Street NYC (SW corner of West 4th) (See note below)

* Note: Use the entrance on the west side since construction blocks the Mercer Street entrance. Must bring ID.


Some tbd but:

1. Meet new members
2. Summary of year?s activity
3. Finances
4. 2010 Event planning
5. ISOC-NY elections


Net Neutrality Videos:

There have been two recent Network Neutrality related events in NYC.

1) Tech Debate - an "Oxford Style Debate' that co-incided with the Web2.0 conference resulted in a resounding triumph for the 'pro' team! see video..

2) The NYC Technology in Government Committee held a public hearing on Resolution 712a which endorses FCC Net Neutrality principles, and urges passing of Rep. Markey's ?Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009' - here the pro's again well outnumbered the cons, but you will, in panel 7, see that the Internet Society's official stand on this is that User Choice should be the prime objective. Regulators should be careful to consider the full impact of any restrictions, and work to increase choice in service providers. See video..


WordCamp NYC 2009

This event, held over a weekend at Baruch College, attracted over 700 participants who gathered to exchange information on the popular Wordpress web publishing platform (as used by ISOC-NY!). There were astonishing demos of this free and open-source software has been used not just for blogs, but for complex content management and sophisticated websites such as, for example, We have gathered up as much video, slides, etc as is available from the event, and it can be found on:


The Harlem Computer/Internet Access Programme

We would like to congratulate member Merle Bush on being the recipient of an ISOC Community Programme grant of $9,700 for the The Harlem Computer/Internet Access Programme. The money, along with funds granted by Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, will provide an Internet Technology lab for the local underserved and aged community in Harlem.

Read more about ISOC's Community Grants Programme:


ISOC-NY Notice Board

At the WordCamp there was a lot of excitement about P2, a new WordPress theme that some call "twitter in a box". It features a stripped down interface that gives logged in users an input box where they can enter status updates, blog posts, links, or quotes, which instantly - through the wonders of AJAX - update the site. So it's as much a glorified chat room as a blog. What's more every tag, and every user, gets its own RSS feed! The installation we have is the latest beta version, also running on the beta of the latest WordPress - please feel free to go and play with it!


Again to remind you, you can find ISOC-NY at the following:

That's it for now - wishing every one Happy Holidays and see you tomorrow at the meet!

Joly MacFie
Secretary - ISOC-NY

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