Summary: A continuation of session 1 – a review of the year and a look at moves being made to take us ahead.
Question by Nikhil from Delhi, India: Just wondering how do you ensure that the system remains truly representative and how do you ensure there is no bias?
Answered by Ethan: We try to do this with the editors we have. Over the next year, with the aggregator there will be the opportunity to view without editing. The challenge there will be is that people can ask why didn’t the editor pick up a story and thats a dialgue we want to encourage.
At this point Rebecca invites editors to speak to this issue.
Georgia says, “I hired a Cuban editor who wrote to me and said she GV wasn’t covering cuba”.
David says, “I would want more people to write in to me, more communication”
Question by Bala Pitchandi from New Jersery (Via IRC): What are GV’s short tem and long term goals? And are there any plans to develop the GV networks onto other sub-projects (like a Web based Disaster Relief project)?
Answered by Ethan Zuckerman: Our longterm goal is total world domination!!!!!!!!!!!! (followed by lots of laughter from the audience), they are the ones expressed in the manifesto. Short term, 4 things, maintaingin the site, advocacy, outreach, we want to take the tools and techniques we have developed and make them accessible to other projects. So if someone wants to start the disaaster network, we would love them to use the tools, techniques, and even offer server space to a project around disaster aid projects. Rebecca says, “last year we talkied about it and we need to someone to spearhead this and take the lead on making this happen. We want a disaster relief blogger who can help us post around all disasters. (Bala here says he’s read to volunteer and is requested to make contact with Georgia).
Ben Paarman speaks up on the issue of bias etc. Ben is doing some tunisian sites and there is a dialogue between authors and editors and thats a healthy way to deal with bias.
Question from Daudy, a blogger from kenya: As the focus of GV is not north america or europe, why the decision to incorporate in netherlands?
Ethan: We had a real to and fro on this and we had some tough decisions we had to make the sponsors more comfy and find a venue that we understand the laws, had a discussion with contributors and editors who said they didnt want US or UK. Canada was another option – we hired a counsel too but we found that the majority of the board had to be canadian. What’s nice about Netherlands is that there is no geographic requirement for the board. It is a compromise, there are parts of it we are comfy with and parts not so.
Mic now being handed over to Georgia who announces the coffee break which is postponed and Neha takes on to lead the next session – Outreach.