CyberChaikhana updates

neweurasia‘s book project CyberChaikhana: Digital Conversations from Central Asia, is going forward at full steam.  Check out some of the chapter rough drafts and various ruminations. The crowdsourcing portion of the CyberChaikhana blog’s run is complete.  We are currently mulling over options for its future.  If you have any ideas, e-mail them to schwartz [at] neweurasia [dot] net.

Audience and methodology

A big question every author or editor must face is: who’s our audience? As a network operating in seven languages and bridging two worlds, neweurasia has long struggled with this problem.  Being a blogging platform further stirs the pot. On the one hand, the most valuable aspect of blogging is its ability to cultivate a plurality of opinion in countries dominated by restrictive state and cultural media practices.  Indeed, not only does the informal style and quick response time of bloggers present a dramatic opportunity to increase the circulation of alternative information, but beyond this, blogs can provide an interactive…

In Den Haag

Quick update: I’m still alive! I’m in Den Haag working on the book and checking out the city sights. My internet is very spotty, which doesn’t help, but I’m getting by. More to come…

“Leaving on a jet plane…”

…so goes the song. Next Friday, April 24th, is the big day: ready or not, Europe, here I come! I’ve been extremely busy preparing for my move to Europe.  As you can see by the photo, dismantling my life in Philadelphia has been a process not too dissimilar from the eruption of Vesuvius that destroyed Pompei (and don’t even get me started about all the paperwork I’ve had to complete on this side of the Atlantic).  The plan is for the book to be completed once I’m in the Netherlands with Ben; will keep you all posted. Meanwhile, barcamp Central…

BarCamp Central Asia 2009 starts registering participants

The next “barcamp” format conference, i.e., an open, non-commercial educational conference for New Media specialists, for Central Asia will take place in Almaty on April 17-19. By way of background, the term “barcamp” was invented by web 2.0 pioneer Tim O’Reilly to describe the difference between a traditional (i.e., boring) conference, wherein participants don’t really participate, simply listen, and a conference in which everyone potentially can become an organizer, speaker,and  presenter. BarCamp Central Asia 2009 will be gathering together the “Kaznet” community – journalists, programmers, bloggers, web-designers, web-developers, etc., for three days during which they will be making presentations, sharing…

Soon to come

In the coming weeks neweurasia bloggers should expect to receive rough drafts of country- and thematic-chapters from the CyberChaikhana book project.  I will be asking for your insights, particularly with regards to suggestions for posts you feel I should include, as well as the overall narrative of the chapter.  Stay tuned!

A new year

Your friendly neighborhood editor is back!  For those interested, I’ve posted photos and videos in my personal blog.  Incidentally, Transition Online‘s November/December issue of Open Society Education News has an article about schooling refugee children in Johannesburg. In neweurasia news, the site reboot is imminent.  We are currently re-staffing.  Our editorial positions have already been filled with one exception: Managing Editor for the Russian edition (see: the advert on the homebase for details).  More importantly, we are need of writers.  Expect an advertisement regarding this matter shortly. In CyberChaikhana news, I’m going to hit the ground running with new chapters.  I’m going to endeavor…

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