Posted by Allison Fine on February 10, 2009
Last year I had the great good fortune to edit a compilation of essays with my friends at Personal Democracy Forum called Rebooting America. The essays are all focused on reimagining our democracy for the digital age. Essayists are a who’s who of digital luminaries including Joe Trippi, Newt Gingrich, Tara Hunt, Craig Newmark, with a terrific foreword by Esther Dyson.
We decided to walk our talk and “open-sourced” the book by posting all of the essays for free online. This may have depressed sales of the hardcopy book, but we weren’t in this to make money (alas) but to get these ideas out into the cyberworld and, more importantly, the real world.
Yesterday we received an email that shows what an interesting little journey these essays are having. Charles Chuang, the founder of the Drupal Taiwan Community asking for permission to translate the book into Chinese to distribute online in Taiwan. Why exactly did he want to do this, we asked. For three reasons, wrote Charles: 1) Reboot Taiwan, 2) Encourage and engage like-minded people, 3) Promote cyber-activism concept to elder people in local political parties. Can’t argue with any of those reasons!
We’ll keep an eye on his website at http://net2.netivism.tw/projects/rebooting-america to see how Rebooting Taiwan is going.
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