Net Squared has put together a great opening set of panels and the this one has Ethan Zuckerman, Dan Gillmor and Eun Taek. They are talking about the value and potential impact of user created content an the way that it can mobilize and energize a constituency. Dan just spoke and used some very interesting examples of community and user created content and its impacts.
Eun is talking about the explosion of Oh My News in terms of reads as well as number of reporters. The idea and concepts of the Oh My news content are totally community drive and dedicated to bringing the local sense of news and information to the local level consumers.
Ethan is talking about his involvement in the Global Voices Project. The challenge that he encountered is something very common to activists - not being closely connected to the people you are activating for. Global Voices is taking on a new way of being and a concept of 'Don't Speak - Point!' What is fantastic is he is now railing on Live 8 and the oxmoronical ideas that went into the creation of the event. He is summing up by reviewing and predicting the nature and activity of the next billion web users. The context and the nature of the future content will be astoundingly different than the predicting that the web will be dominated by white English speaking men.