At last month's DLD conference in Munich, Atlantic Community's Editor-in-Chief Joerg Wolf was able to talk about the future of technology and global politics with former head of PR for UNHCR Claudia Gonzales, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, author of "What Would Google Do?" Jeff Jarvis, and technology journalist David Kirkpatrick.
In our final DLD interview Peter Berger, CEO of the online publishing site Suite101.com, explains that politicians need to get more involved with social media and not just rely on their aides to create their online presence: "The first steps for governments is to participate."
Social media and the internet are making it easier and quicker than ever for information to pass through borders. Berger notes that governments need to react more quickly now because social media is influencing public opinion. For example, Facebook causes have become an important tool for expressing opinions on policy issues.
In addition to speakers at DLD, we also had interviewed the participant Andrea Schaller of the Global Environmental Society. Ms. Schaller reflected that the conference is good for discussing current and emerging Web 2.0 trends and for networking.
Ironically, she noted that the conference is not as technologically or environmentally advanced as it could be. For example, the conference produces enormous amounts of coffee cups that create unnecessary waste. She thinks the organizers of the event should make the conference more environmentally friendly. Schaller also suggests that DLD makes use of tools like Poken to help participants connect digitally instead of through business cards. Poken is a small device that allows people to exchange social networking information through keychains.
These interviews were conducted by Joerg Wolf, Editor-in-Chief of atlantic-community.org, at the DLD Conference in Munich on January 25, 2010.
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