Craig Newmark: Personal invitation to OneWebDay in NYC!

OneWebDay: "The Web is worth celebrating...By the end of the day, the Web should be just a little bit better than it was before, and we’ll be able to see our connection to it more clearly.

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Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, wants all to gather at the tip of Battery Park in downtown Manhattan this Friday to celebrate OneWebDay with him at a noontime party: INVITATION!

OneWebDay is spearheaded by Susan Crawford, a professor at the Cardozo School of Law and member of the Board of Directors of ICANN.

What is OneWebDay, Inc.? It is a non-profit organization which puts forth the following mission:

The Web is worth celebrating.

OneWebDay is one day a year when we all - everyone around the physical globe - can celebrate the Web and what it means to us as individuals, organizations, and communities.

As with Earth Day - an inspiration and model for OneWebDay - it’s up to the celebrants to decide how to celebrate. We encourage all celebrations! Collaboration, connection, creativity, freedom. By the end of the day, the Web should be just a little bit better than it was before, and we’ll be able to see our connection to it more clearly.

OneWebDay is September 22 every year, starting in 2006.

OneWebDay’s inaugural celebration is this Friday and Craig Newmark will be a featured speaker in NYC. I asked Newmark what OneWebDay means to him. Below are my questions; Newmark’s answers are in italics.

1) What message do you plan on sharing at OneWebDay?

From my perspective, it reminds people that the 'net really is a democratizing medium, that everyone gets a chance to participate. If you want, you can stick your neck out and speak truth to power.

2) How will OneWebDay attendees benefit from participating?

I think people will see how they can connect with others to get stuff done, whether personal or societal.

3) Will you be wearing your Craigslist hat, your NewAssignment.net hat, your Net Neutrality hat...

Craigslist primarily, with messages which overlap the journalism and democracy issues.

4) OneWebDay will be featuring a "describe the most creative way you've used Craigslist contest." Does the "creative way" have to be a legal way?

It should, though there are places where the laws don't recognize human/individual rights, and I don't have an answer for that.

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