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Re: Access to Conference
Is there any possibility of setting up a Webcast for some or all of the
conference so people who can't attend in person can participate? I'm sure
some of the corporate participants would have the resources; perhaps they
would donate the technology and services needed for this.
At 01:57 PM 10/31/97 -0500, James Love wrote:
>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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