Allvoices Hosts Online Symposium with Clay Shirky

Allvoices Hosts Online Symposium with Clay Shirky

San Francisco : CA : USA | May 26, 2010 at 10:42 AM PDT
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Allvoices Symposium with Clay Shirky

Hyper-Local Reporting in Emerging and Developing Countries Transforms Western Media: Online Symposium

Citizen reports in countries like Iran, Pakistan and Haiti have begun to play a major role directing Western media coverage. The 2009 Iranian protests and recent explosion around the ‘Draw Muhammad Day’ are prime examples of this. Hyper-local reporting in emerging and developing countries has grown into a major movement, best expressed in citizen journalism. When scaled on international level, citizen reports can have significant impact over mainstream news coverage—especially in western media.

Why? Geography lends context to major dividing issues and increases shared knowledge. As a new wave of opinions, perspectives and reports enters the greater global conversation, mainstream news is becoming more comprehensive. As a result, media has more ability to tilt popular thinking, influence policy and transform the shape of international relations. is committed to promoting international citizen journalism and wants ignite conversation and media attention around the rise of hyper-local reporting in developing and emerging countries. Tomorrow, Thursday, May 27, at 11 a.m. EST/8 a.m. PST, they're hosting an online symposium that brings together industry leaders and top tier journalism schools around the world to discuss the ways citizen reports from countries like Pakistan, Iran, Haiti and Sudan are not only directing but dominating the issues and events covered by mainstream media.


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Thursday, May 27th, 2010

11 am EST/8 am PST


Graduate Students from:

- Abu Dhabi University

- Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

- Columbia School of Journalism

- Fudan University (China)

- The London School of Journalism

- New York University

- San Francisco State University

- Stanford University

- University of San Francisco

Confirmed Speakers

Clay Shirky, Journalist, Author and Professor at New York University's Graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program

Amra Tareen, Founder and CEO of Allvoices, Inc.

Scott Stearns, Voice of America Correspondent for Western and Central Africa

Speaker Bios

Clay Shirky, American Journalist, Author and Professor at New York University's Graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program

Shirky divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. His consulting practice is focused on the rise of decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer, web services, and wireless networks that provide alternatives to the wired client/server infrastructure that characterizes the Web. Current clients include Nokia, GBN, the Library of Congress, the Highlands Forum, the Markle Foundation, and the BBC.

In addition to his consulting work, Shirky is an adjunct professor in NYU's graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), where he teaches courses on the interrelated effects of social and technological network topology -- how our networks shape culture and vice-versa. His current course, Social Weather, examines the cues we use to understand group dynamics in online spaces and the possible ways of improving user interaction by redesigning our social software to better reflect the emergent properties of groups.

Shirky has written extensively about the internet since 1996. Over the years, he has had regular columns in Business 2.0, FEED, and ACM Net_Worker, and his writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, Wired, Release 1.0, Computerworld, and IEEE Computer. He has been interviewed by Slashdot, Red Herring, Media Life, and the Economist's Ebusiness Forum. He has written about biotechnology in his "After Darwin" column in FEED magazine, and serves as a technical reviewer for O'Reilly's bioinformatics series. He helps program the "Biological Models of Computation" track for O'Reilly's Emerging Technology conferences.

Shirky frequently speaks on emerging technologies at a variety of forums and organizations, including PC Forum, the Internet Society, the Department of Defense, the BBC, the American Museum of the Moving Image, the Highlands Forum, the Economist Group, Storewidth, the World Technology Network, and several O'Reilly conferences on Peer-to-Peer, Open Source, and Emerging Technology.

Prior to his appointment at NYU, Shirky was a Partner at the investment firm The Accelerator Group in 1999-2001, an international investment group with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and London. The Accelerator Group was focused on early stage firms, and Shirky's role was technological due diligence and product strategy.

Shirky was the original Professor of New Media in the Media Studies department at Hunter College, where he created the department's first undergraduate and graduate offerings in new media, and helped design the current MFA in Integrated Media Arts program.

Prior to his appointment at Hunter, he was the Chief Technology Officer of the NYC-based Web media and design firm Site Specific, where he created the company's media tracking database and server log analysis software. Site Specific was later acquired by CKS Group, where he was promoted to VP Technology, Eastern Region.

Before there was a Web, he was Vice-President of the New York chapter of the EFF, and wrote technology guides for Ziff-Davis, including a guide to email-accessible internet resources, and a guide to the culture of the internet. He appeared as an expert witness on internet culture in Shea vs. Reno, a case cited in the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Communications Decency Act in 1996.

Shirky graduated from Yale College with a degree in art, and prior to falling in love with the Internet, he worked as a theater director and designer in New York. His company, Hard Place Theater, staged "non-fiction theater", theatrical collages of found documents.

Amra Tareen, Founder and CEO of Allvoices, Inc.

Prior to Allvoices, Tareen was a partner at Sevin Rosen Funds. She was at Sevin Rosen from 2000-2006 to focus on investment opportunities in communications infrastructure and next generation carriers. Prior to joining Sevin Rosen, Tareen was a product marketing director at Ascend Communications. She was instrumental in growing the DSL business. She was also responsible for product positioning, competitive analysis and outbound marketing for the remote access business. Earlier she worked as the product manager for Ascend's SS7 gateway.

Before Ascend, Tareen worked at Lucent Technologies in sales and business development positions. She was a sales manager responsible for selling Lucent VoIP and data solutions to carrier customers. Tareen began her career in Telecom working as an engineer and a C programmer for Telstra Australia. Tareen has an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of New South Wales, Australia.

Tareen grew up in Pakistan and Australia and moved to the USA for her MBA. Tareen is married and is a mother of two young boys.

Scott Stearns, Voice of America Correspondent for Western and Central Africa

Stearns is a Africa Correspondent, handling all related news content. He is stationed in Africa.

Stearns was previously a White House correspondent. Before that, he was in Kenya where for five years he headed up the network's East Africa Bureau. Before his tour in Nairobi, he worked in the English to Africa service where his reporting for VOA began as a Nigeria stringer in 1992. During his time in west Africa, Stearns also covered the Liberian civil war for the BBC, the Associated Press, The Economist and The Christian Science Monitor. He holds a bachelors degree and masters degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

About Allvoices, Inc.

Today Allvoices is the largest citizen journalist site in history with more than 300,000 contributors daily and 30 News Bureaus spread across the globe delivering citizen journalism reports to audience of more than 4.5 million.

Allvoices' mission is to create a global community for sharing news, videos, images and opinions from multiple points of view that invoke an emotional connection between individual perspectives from around the world. A community of diverse, engaged and globally minded citizens serves as news reporters, opinion leaders and publishers to share with the world the realities on-the-ground. brings together context, insight and diversity of opinions around a broad range of topics and issues on the global, national and local levels. Allvoices is the largest global community offering unbiased and relevant news and perspectives in one place. With its proprietary algorithms, Allvoices utilizes professional and online news sources, blogs, images and videos to determine relevancy, foster credibility and maintain openness with each contribution made to the site. For more information, visit

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