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Webs@Work Weekly Buzz #4 November 24, 2007

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in News, Webs@Work Buzz.
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Webs@Work Weekly Buzz is a regular brief highlighting recent blog posts, online media news, and other new content on civic media.

A new study warns the Web could experience complete gridlock by 2010 as it struggles with the amount of data being carried on it. Besides longer downloads, the real problem is the detrimental effect on new services.

Inducting young people into the front lines of civic engagement is a central aspect of civic media. Washington-based Advocacy Project is one of many organizations now training youth in using media for civic engagement.

Community-driven movements such as Step It Up offers the “first open-source, web-based day of action dedicated to stopping climate change.” It doesn’t tell anyone how to organize a protest, but simply provides a toolkit that lets communities customize actions around the cause.

In a similar vein, the world celebrate Buy Nothing Day this weekend for the 15th time – in Japan on November 24. Buy Nothing Day is an eco-holiday that promotes C02 reduction, fairer trade, and greener economics.

With video emerging as the central focus of the Web, Jeremy Allaire of Brightcove has been walking his talk to “reach consumers where they are, not where you want them to be.” Check out the rest of his keynote at Media Magazine’s Outfront Conference

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