On 4 October 2012 22:05, Steven Walling <steven.walling(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Thanks for starting this thread.
Thanks Deror Lin for the idea :)
It's cool to hear thinking about Wikimania 2013
speaker options early
on. I really like the categories Andrew proposed, and I think it will help
clarify the thinking around what different speakers can bring to the table.
On Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM, Andrew Lih <andrew(a)andrewlih.com> wrote:
1. Ray Chan, 9gag. Certainly 9gag has made a
splash in the geekier
Internet community, but it would be good to see what he'd want to talk
about first and whether it had any relevance to Wikipedians and free
culture. Important to remember: Wikimania is first and foremost a community
event, not just a great speaker series.
In addition to what Andrew said...
To be totally honest: 9gag is viewed by many Internet communities, such as
Reddit and 4chan, as a leech which contributes very little to these
communities. There are often rules that explicitly disallow use of 9gag
stuff on some of these sites. I don't think we necessarily want to align
ourselves with 9gag, and I don't think they would have much of substance to
say about how read online community is formed or operates.
If we want a general meme-ery speaker, Chris Poole of
4chan and Canvas
fame would be fantastic, though like Andrew said, the direct connection is
Ray Chan was proposed because he is the most world-famous internet
entrepreneur born and bred in Hong Kong, ie. on the premise of "local and
world famous" rather than on the merits of 9gag. Thanks for the ideas
2. Charles Mok, certainly relevant to the
conference, but not sure how
exciting a speaker he is.
3. Arianna Huffington. Not really a fan of this pick. Can get quite
political, and not obvious the overlap between her site and free culture.
+1. Too American-centric, too political.
4. Thomas Crampton is a good pick. He was a
respected working journalist
and may be able to set the table on what Wikipedia and free culture mean
5. Don't know much about Ada Wong.
That said, how about some other ideas:
1. Joi Ito. He's a great friend of Wikipedia, and spoke in 2007 Wikimania
in Taiwan. He's now MIT Media Lab director, and could give great Asia
Joi also has a strong free culture perspective. I think as far as someone
who can balance a global and regional perspective, he's a great pick.
Maybe a wiki page about the options would be a good place to store a list
Would prefer to keep the discussion on Wikimania-l so that it'll be a
public consultation but not too Googlable. I don't think Arianna Huffington
will be impressed if she sees on [[wm2013:keynote]] "Arianna Huffington:
too America-centric, we don't like her" :)