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Canvassing the various tools out there for Internet-assisted debate and discourse. Could be anything from a Facebook group, or Mind Manager mapper... still in the formative/brainstorming stage, please add. Mchua

Specific tools

Mentioned at First Meeting

  • Slashdot
  • Wikipedia
  • Question Tool (Berkman)
  • Del.icio.us
  • Twitter (IIF can has Twitter account? @iif) - we suggest using #iif while twitting. Aaron&Ayelet
  • other conference stuff
  • BT's "What's Your Plan?" (with Roll Call mag)
  • ORG's Consult (see, e.g., http://www.openrightsgroup.org/consult/data-sharing-review/)
  • Google SearchWiki
  • Facebook Causes (FB activism generally)
  • Knol
  • Ask Metafilter
  • MindJet Ken Hirschman has offered MindManager to the class for our presentations. If interested, let him know: ken.hirschman at [his site].com

General classes of tools

  • chat/IM (many-to-many, many-to-one, one-to-one, private backchannels, discussion bots - we use a triagebot to keep some software dev discussions on track at OLPC - how privacy/logging of conversations affects what people say)
  • wikis (how various features affect the type of discourse/usage)
  • mailing lists (interesting: how their usage changes when they're bidirectionally synced with forums - this happened at OLPC)
  • forums (see above on mailing lists)
  • videoconferencing
  • virtual layers atop physical spaces (for instance: one of the most fun presentations I've ever done was when I made my vyew slides live-editable by the audience during the talk ... Mchua)
  • translating services (see gregdek's lingobot, above)
  • relay services for the disabled (example: deaf person types or signs via webcam to interpreter who speaks into a telephone, listens for response, then signs/types back)
  • audio layers on top of online games - talking with your World of Warcraft team during a strike, etc.