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techPresident on OWD

September 24th, 2008 · No Comments

If it can be said that there’s a theme running through this OneWebDay celebration this year, it’s “let’s actually use this thing to change the world,” as OWD founder Susan Crawford put it to me this afternoon in New York City’s Washington Square Park where just under a hundred or so people gathered to celebrate the global network. Praising the seemingly useless iPhone beer app, Harvard Law School’s Jon Zittrain joked that he saw OWD as the “celebration of the fertile crap” the Internet produces — crap that fertilizes the web’s “goodness” without much caring which is which. That’s long been the web ethos: let’s throw everything we’ve got to the wall and see what sticks.

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