Thanks to blogger Angelo Embuldeniya who took my English IRC notes from the Chinese-language sessions, combined them with screen grabs from the live video webcasts, and put it all on a special blog. I will write about the whole thing more extensively when it's all over, since I'm running off to a blogger dinner. A few takeaways:
- Isaac Mao, the mastermind of this conference, is even more amazing than I already knew he was. Key quote (among many): "the combination of all these small voices will make our society smarter."
- There is interest in doing more to communicate with the outside world. Language is a barrier, but people are open to distributed volunteer translation networks and other means of getting Chinese voices heard outside of the Chinese language blogosphere.
- Censorship is an issue. But people are determined to maximize what they can do within the realities of the system, and to push the boundaries as much as possible.
- Multimedia non-text blogging: video, podcasting, and mobile blogging - are taking off fast. The Chinese may quickly to lead the world when it comes to innovations in audio-visual social media.
- Some Chinese educators see blogging as an exciting way to reform China's rigid educational system based on rote-learning. Because blogs are all about individual inquiry, exploration and growth. A number of government officials in the education sector are blogging.