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Re: Access to Conference
Matthew's points are well taken. As indicated earlier, and users who
can get to the conference and who don't have funding for the fee should
drop a note to Donna Colvin (firstname.lastname@example.org), and she will make
sure they will get a ticket.
The second point, regarding the organization of the conference itself,
it a more difficult problem to solve at this point. I think Matthew's
suggestions for longer term planning, opportunities for debate about a
program agenda, structured opportunities for participation, are very
good. We'll have to see what can be done at this Conference, and think
about a longer term strategy. Jamie
Matthew Benjamin wrote:
> At least one person on this list has asked why there seems to be no
> provision for providing inexpensive registration for members of
> non-profit groups, such as his Linux Users' Group.
> I believe this raises a more general point: If this conference is about
> providing consumer alternatives to the Microsoft monopoly, then why is
> it ignoring obvious opportunities to solicit, formally, the opinions of
> the literally millions of advocates of non-aligned supporters of Free
> Software, Linux, FreeBSD, the WWW, etc?
> For instance, how were the participants in this conference selected?
> Was there a call for papers or panel suggestions?
> When was this conference announced? How long did people have to arrange
> financing, absence from work, etc?
> If I pay my $500.00 to attend the conference, in what sort of framework
> will I be able to participate? How will the messages of those not in
> some celebrity anti-Microsoft factions be heard?
> Last week, I sent messages to both of the email addresses listed on the
> Appraising Microsoft web site, politely requesting information on ways
> to participate in the conference--I never got a response.
> Forgive me if I sound agitated. As a software developer living the
> nightmare of doing "Only Microsoft" every day, this means a great deal
> to me, as it must to many others who find their way to this list.
> To us, Mr. Nader's conference is the first--perhaps it will be the
> only--real popular endorsement of our views. We are burned by the irony
> of going unheard, unlistened to, in an era of unprecedented access to
> communications media. _That_ is the damage being done by the Microsoft
> monoply. _That_ is why all this matters, IMHO.
> We don't dare miss this chance to be heard.
> Matthew Benjamin
> Developer, Comshare, Inc.
> --My views certainly do not represent the views of Comshare, Inc. --
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