Share Me at the Dead Drop
USB drives embedded into brick walls, local wireless networks hidden in lunch boxes are a few examples of low tech ways of creating anonymous peer to peer file sharing in public spaces. Come prepared to connect and share open content with a PirateBox and explore how they might used in civic action. If all goes well, we will even go outside, put a dead drop into place, and get the rest of the conference attendees to check in.
Alan is widely recognized for expertise in the application of new technologies to education and was a pioneer on the web. An early proponent of blogs and RSS, he shares his ideas and discoveries at CogDogBlog. More recently he has explored new forms of web storytelling (including 50+ Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story and the StoryBox), and tools for connecting and open sharing online.
Currently he is an instructional technology specialist at the University of Mary Washington, following leadership positions at the New Media Consortium and the Maricopa Community Colleges. When possible, he enjoys the peace of a little cabin in Strawberry, Arizona. His interests include digital storytelling, digital photography, bending WordPress to his whims, and randomly dipping into the infinite river of the internet.