[OLPC-SF] next meeting...
einfeldt at gmail.com
Tue Jun 10 16:30:04 EDT 2008
On Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 1:15 PM, Sameer Verma <sverma at sfsu.edu> wrote:
> This is a preliminary announcement that we will be holding the next
> OLPC-SF meeting on the 21st of June at Google, in Mountain View. Details
> will be coming in a day or so.
This is actually bad news for me, as I was hoping to video a friend of mine
opening her OLPC XO, and Google almost never allows videotaping on their
premises. If it is at all possible to do some videotaping there, I am
willing, of course, to have a Googler present at all times, and make sure
that there is nothing to show that it is at Google. After all, the Google
rooms basically just look like any other office building, even an office
building in Redmond. Heh.
In fact, we have no video at all of Google or Googlers, because Google has
such a keen reputation for discouraging video that I have never even asked
Google PR for permission to interview a Googler about their role in the
global digital tipping point. In a way, it is really a shame, in view of
the fact that Google has played and will play a huge role in opening up the
Internet and the desktop software industry.
It is also ironic, because one of the ways that we were able to minimize the
role of Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Office at our local FOSS public
middle school project in San Francisco was through the use of Google Docs
and Spreadsheets. For two years near (almost, GDS has not been out a full
two years) the school has used GDS to teach kids how to do stand-up
presentations in front of their peers and "supervisor-like" people like
And yet we have no Google footage at all. Nada. Zip. Zilch.
So in addition to filming my friend opening her OLPC XO, it would be great
if I could eventually get an interview with someone like Chris DiBona or
(why not dream) even Sergey or Larry or Eric.
Sameer, do you think it might be possible for your to ask your Google
contact to allow me to video my friend and the people and conversation at
this Google OLPC XO meet up? Again, I would not be video anything Googley
at all. It would just be us in a naked room.
Producer, The Digital Tipping Point
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