OneWebDay: September 22nd, 2008

Who ever thought of an Earth Day for the Internet? Well, Susan Crawford did! I first heard of OneWebDay at the 2008 National Conference on Media Reform in Minneapolis this past June. The idea of OneWebDay is to focus attention on a key internet value (this year it will be online participation in democracy) focus attention on local internet concerns, and create a global constituency that cares about protecting and defending the internet. It’s an “environmental movement for the Internet ecosystem”.

Unfortunately, it’s becoming pretty clear that an environmental movement for the Internet is necessary. The Internet is under great pressure from all angles, including access providers who want to track what everyone is doing online and use it for their commercial advantage. We’re also suffering enormous digital divides and lower-income and rural communities don’t have adequate or consistent connectivity.

In 2008, OneWebDay is going to mobilize more people in more cities than every before and they are even going global.

If you’re in the city on Monday, September 22nd, come to Washington Square Park from 11:45am to 2pm (at the Teen Plaza on the Southeast part of the park). You’ll hear from Moderator Sree Sreenivasan (Columbia Journalism & WNBC-TV), plus Larry Lessig (Stanford), Craig Newmark (craigslist), City Councilwoman Hon. Gale A. Brewer, John Perry Barlow, and others. And if you’re not in New York, click here to find out what events are going on in your city.

OneWebDay is a unique platform for people to educate and activate others about issues that are important for the Internet’s future.