Some Ideas and Works Behind Mekong ICT Camp 2


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presented in Nu-Substance Festival 2010
July 20, 2010 @ Centre Culturel Français de Bandung

Nu-Substance Festival 2010
Festival for Open Culture, Technology, and Urban Ecology

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Some Ideas and Works Behind Mekong ICT Camp 2

  1. 1. #mkict #BandungMeeting some ideas & works behind Mekong ICT Camp 2 presented in Nu-Substance Festival 2010 July 20, 2010 @ Centre Culturel Français de Bandung This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. You are free to share and to remix the work. Photos are belong to their creators. Read the full license at
  2. 2. twitter, follow @bact Art (bact’) Arthit Suriyawongkul Background in software industries, open source and localization. Now working with social enterprise, digital rights groups, activists, and academics. Curriculum designer for Mekong ICT Camp 2.
  3. 3. Mekong ICT Camp 2 June 7-11, 2010 BarCamp Chiang Mai 3 June 12, 2010 Chiang Mai, Thailand
  4. 4. hackers, journalists, social workers make a space, let them work together change (destroy) the world
  5. 5. hackers, citizen journalists, health workers, government offcers, social theorists, activists, in one room! Photo by Keng Susumpow. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License
  6. 6. I, C, & T workshops for software developers, hackers, media activists, community health practitioners, civil society, etc. in Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and connected places* * There’re people from other regions working inside/for the Mekong region, like people from Australia in Cambodia, from Burma in Hong Kong, from South Korea in Bangkok, we include them.
  7. 7. We do engineered the participant groups. We did made some relatively open-minded offcials in, let them experience themselves what it’s like working with civil society people.
  8. 8. co-organizers: Thai Fund Foundation Opendream * Thai Fund Foundation is established, has network of trusts with organizations in many levels, including grassroots and funders. Opendream has network of ICT expertise, including open source community.
  9. 9. (Thai Fund) inspiration/base: AsiaSource open source software/ICT4D workshop
  10. 10. (Opendream) inspiration/base: Bicyclemark’s* “journalists & hackers of the world united” * at 26th Chaos Communication Congress (26C3) in Berlin 2009. Search YouTube for “bicyclemark”.
  11. 11. “Hacking here means to destroy, format, manipulate data and the systems of sites considered to be hegemonic. As activism, it is more creative than destructive.” – from the cover of Esai Tentang Seni Video dan Media Baru / Essays on Video Art and New Media: Indonesia and Beyond by Krisna Murti (IVAA, 2009)
  12. 12. forked/mixed/mashed-up/hacked: Mekong ICT Camp → 1.0 (2008) → 2.0 (2010) →
  13. 13. source: information and communication technology →{ punctuation magic }→ hacked: information, communication, and technologies
  14. 14. Information Communication Technologies
  15. 15. Information-Management Communication-Advocacy Technologies-Infrastructure
  16. 16. Information-Management-Policy Communication-Advocacy-Movement Technologies-Infrastructure-DIY
  17. 17. Now I have some loosely connected ideas, but I can’t think detailedly in everything. { Press [F1] } HELP!
  18. 18. I know loosely about the WHY. I don’t know yet the WHAT and the HOW. But I know about the WHO. (or know about the WHO who should know about the WHO)
  19. 19. I discuss my friends about the whole idea. Sometime ask people I never know before. Just try.
  20. 20. JUST TRY. Experimenting. Freedom to Fail. (and rights to get more chances)
  21. 21. In the end I have these cool WHOs who trusted me (or trusted a friend of mine), and committed to do something together.
  22. 22. From this network of TRUST, I got:
  23. 23. Media ecology and P2P theorist, Government chief information offcer, Electromagnetic engineer, Media and cultural studies researcher, Journalist, Photographer, Software engineer, Wireless network engineer, Curator, Media activist, Information security expert, User experience designer, Web developer, Educator, Social media expert, … some of them are actually later selected from participants
  24. 24. Next slide is WHAT we have together ...
  25. 25. Governance 2.0, Open Public Data, Information Policy, Awareness and Risk Assessment in the Digital Environment, Citizen Journalism, Reporting Mekong, Piracy, Net Neutrality, Privacy, SMS for Agricultural Applications, ICT for Volunteer Management, Photo-documentary, Information Visualization, Public-Private Partnership, Universal Access Design, Web Accessibility, Disaster Management System, User-oriented Design, Running a Cause Using Social Media, Online Fund Raising, Public-access Media Movements, Making a Civil Society Organization Financially Sustainable, Video Activism & Digital Mobilization, Open Everything and P2P Production, { hey, more … }
  26. 26. OK. I got the content, the WHAT. What about the format, the HOW? Hehe, I don’t really know (again).
  27. 27. Keynotes & Policy talks. Forums & Discussions. Hand-ons workshops. And unconference (BarCamp) at the end.
  28. 28. Two new elements, in 2010 Camp: Policy talks – to think more about WHY Unconference – for more participations
  29. 29. Discussions & workshops: 3 parallel tracks Keynotes & Forums: before lunch. Policy talks: before dinner.
  30. 30. And those are only loose categories. Details in practice are up to the resource people, and interaction from participants.
  31. 31. Facilitators came up with innovative ways of co-learning. From role-playing to mini- unconferences within the workshop. Things that the ‘curriculum designer’ can’t really imagine alone by himself.
  32. 32. Participants from FOSS Asia, Vietnam Photo by Keng Susumpow. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License
  33. 33. DIY track / Community Wif mesh, Low-power Radio transmitter, SMS gateway Photo by Keng Susumpow. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License
  34. 34. Pete Tridish from Prometheus Radio project Photo by Keng Susumpow. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License
  35. 35. Low-power Radio Transmitter Photo by Keng Susumpow. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License
  36. 36. Social media, Read/Write Web Photo by Keng Susumpow. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License
  37. 37. Policy talk: Sunil Abraham, Centre for Internet and Society, on Piracy and Privacy Photo by Keng Susumpow. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License
  38. 38. Throw in open-minded creative people in to a room. Provide them freedom. May be guide them a bit with some loose themes.
  39. 39. It will be OK. If not, that’s a lesson learned. And that’s already something.
  40. 40. (Report guideline from one of funders) Highlights of main activity, 3-5 bullets. Brief description, accomplishments and results. Challenges and how they were overcome. Lessons learned or best practices. Noteworthy outcomes/observations.
  41. 41. Seeking for and listening to feedbacks. Tell everybody (and funders) about it. What works, what’s not.
  42. 42. Funders are not only funders. They are also partners. We share some common goals, right?
  43. 43. Without some structures (guidelines, themes, schedules, etc.) it’s diffcult to work.
  44. 44. But, stick too much with structures, you self-censored yourself. No innovation, new ways for doing things.
  45. 45. Open and Flexible Structure. Space to Work. Freedom to Innovate and Participate. (so we can solve things together)
  46. 46. Search SlideShare, Flickr, YouTube, Twitter for “mkict” and “Mekong ICT Camp”
  47. 47. twitter, follow @bact Art (bact’) Arthit Suriyawongkul Opendream Thai Netizen Network Creative Commons Thailand