Category Archives: Conferences

Day one @ LeWeb Paris09

Le Web. Day one. It started off slowly, but then got better. There was nothing terribly controversial or any ground-breaking announcements. The Twitter and Facebook talks were fairly staid, marked with meaningless platitudes like “our success depends on your success” or there’s a “shift is happening from the static web to the social web”: too […]

Dan Gillmor in Cape Town: Transparency is key

Pics by Tino Kreutzer Dan Gillmor, author of We Media and acclaimed citizen media advocate, was in Cape Town to speak at the University of Cape Town’s Business School about the publishing revolution of the digital age, also known as Citizen Media. Gillmor is co-founder of Dopplr, a social networking service that allows users to […]

Debating online media models @ Highway Africa

Looking forward to this year’s Highway Africa conference. I’m going to enjoy debating with We the Media author and general online media guru Dan Gillmor on the topic: ‘Whose citizen journalism is it anyway?’ at the Digital Citizens Indaba. Personally, I still don’t think media get it. Look, they’re trying to be inclusive: First it […]

Open it! Yes, everything!

I’m a bit late on my post about the Open Everything speed-geeking gig and just general geek-out at Cape Town’s Birds Boutique Cafe. I can be forgiven however: I’ve had a birthday, I’m moving house, moving city, dealing with a new born baby, buying a new car, starting a new job, and palming off my […]

Rise and rise of mobile media

Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun provides a glimpse of mobile media in the future…. Japanese media are the undisputed world leaders in mobile media. When many places on the planet weren’t even using their cellphones for SMS, the Japanese had mastered delivering content on the mobile platform, and making a solid business from it. Japan’s Asahi […]

Jimmy Wales 'Facebook plans': Now watch the video

Local blogger Dave Duarte has edited the original iCommons video of Jimmy Wales’ presentation where the Wikipedia boss discusses and shows slides that have led to speculation he is planning a Facebook competitor. The initial story first broken on this blog about Wales’ revelations and Nic Haralambolous‘s subsequent screenshots caused a major international blogging fest, […]

Vodacom's foray into mobile advertising

Blogging from PublishOnline in Cape Town… Graunt Kruger who works for Vodacom’s mobile advertising department had the audience at the conference gasping at the big numbers and big strategies. Graunt disagrees with me, but Vodacom — who are now Online Publishing Association members — are looking more and more like a media company these days. […]

Publish Online conference: 24.com to launch local Adsense in 2008

At the first inaugural Publish Online conference in Cape Town and there is a good turn out. Hope there will be another one, maybe Jo’burg?. Couple of familiar faces from my iafrica.com days: Alan Hammond (the organiser), Robin Parker (now of biz-comm), Debby Byrne (still iafrica.com). Been some interesting presentations. Noticed only 4 laptops and […]

First Google South Africa networking session kicks off

The new Google country head Stafford Masie held an informal get together and networking session for about 60 or so local internet players on Monday afternoon. He said the briefing was off the record, but later made exceptions for bloggers. It was a good session — the first ever held by the new Google South […]

Wikipedia boss Jimmy Wales to create Facebook competitor?

At a gathering of about 100 of some of South Africa’s top geeks on Tuesday night, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales revealed what he said were some of the “first screenshots” of his new project on search. But a screenshot that Wales briefly showed us looked very much like a Facebook profile page, than a search […]

Mobile publishing: A glimpse of the future with Asahi Shimbun

I always look forward to the presentations by our Japanese media colleagues about their mobile phone strategies. They are the undisputed world leaders in this field. When many places on the planet weren’t even using cellphones for SMSing/texting, these guys had mastered delivering content on mobile phones and were making a solid business from it. […]

SecondLife, another graphic World Wide Web?

At the beginning of this year I blogged about the amazing work that Adam Pasick was doing with Reuters in Second Life, the virtual 3D world. Now, here in Dublin at the IFRA conference, we were presented with another fascinating story of media doing business in SecondLife. Rowan Barnett, Editor-in-Chief of Avastar, a virtual newspaper […]

Media 2.0: Case studies

This is the presentation, below, I did at Ifra’s Beyond the Printed Word in Dublin. It’s some case studies on Media 2.0 at the Mail & Guardian Online. I also have a transcript of it which I’ll publish here at a later stage. | View | Upload your own So far quite a bit of […]

Blogging from Ireland about Beyond the Printed Word

I’ll be in Dublin for this week, where I am presenting at IFRA’s online media conference Beyond the Printed Word on the “Integration of Web 2.0 services into news sites”. You can check out the official conference blog. I’ll also be furiously 🙂 blogging the conference on this here blog too. I’ll be presenting on […]

Convergence heralds the age of the reader

This was the presentation that never was at Highway Africa. My session got turned into a panel discussion because it was to be broadcast on SABC. So here it is: The digital age is driving the convergence of devices and media. Convergence isn’t just a techie thing, but a fundamental change in the way we […]

Business of online media and blogosphere

At the Digital Citizen’s Indaba, I presented on the business issues of online media and the blogosphere, from my own experiences as a blogger and working as a media professional at the M&G Online. Banner ads in online media are still relatively unsophisticated. The problem is that most online advertising models on media still resemble […]

Blogging @ Digital Citizen's Indaba and Rat Convergence

I’m at the Digital Citizen’s Indaba (DCI) and the Highway Africa Conference in Grahamstown. I’ll be presenting thoughts on the “business of the web” — issues of making revenue from blogs and websites. Of course, deriving revenue from your blog and your website is the burning issue, especially if this is your primary income. It’s […]