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OneWebDay this Friday!

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, September 20 2006

Have you ever taken a step back from that email you're writing, the blog post you're mulling, or the web site you're designing and think about the how powerful the web is? How it's changed our lives, from our communication to our politics to the way we express ourselves?

Susan Crawford, a professor at the Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University and organizer of OneWebDay, has. She and other organizers are launching the inaugural OneWebDay this Friday to "celebrate the Web and what it means to us as individuals, organizations, and communities." Think of it as an Earth Day for the web.

Like Earth Day, there are no set types of celebrations, though the project wiki contains suggestions. The organizers would like the celebrations to "affirm web values in ways that actually advance those values."

Maybe your local community will make wifi available to a school or a park. Maybe you’ll set up a real-world or online clinic to help newbies succeed on the Web. Maybe you’ll collect and post stories to document local history. Maybe you’ll post a gallery of online art. Maybe you’ll find and share five new weblogs from around the world.

There will be a celebration here in New York in Battery Park at noon. Check out the in-person events page on the projects wiki for information about your area.

One more thing: The OneWebDay site will be collecting content from around the web that is tagged "onewebday." So when uploading your Flickr pics, bookmarking sites on del.icio.us, or adding technorati tags to your blog posts about this great day, be sure to tag away.

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