[OLPC-SF] next meeting...
sverma at sfsu.edu
Wed Jun 11 03:42:38 EDT 2008
Christian Einfeldt wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 1:15 PM, Sameer Verma <sverma at sfsu.edu
> <mailto: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.
> 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 teachers.
> 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.
> Christian Einfeldt,
> Producer, The Digital Tipping Point
The real reason to hold a meeting in Mountain View is to attract XO
owners and OLPC enthusiasts from the peninsula and south bay. I do not
know what Google's policy is on videotaping or taking pictures. I'll
check with my sponsor and let you all know.
Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132 USA
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