OneWebDay Pays Tribute to the Internet
By STANLEY A. MILLER II
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is hosting a free, public event for OneWebDay from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Spaights Plaza outside the UWM Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
OneWebDay, also known as “Earth Day for the Internet,” is a chance to celebrate what is wonderful about the Internet, according to Michael Zimmer, an assistant professor of information studies at UWM.
As part of the festivities, the school will have live music, refreshments and several panel discussions featuring speakers from UWM’s School of Information Studies and the department of anthropology, who will discuss online trends, such as social networking, online gaming and virtual worlds.
Experts will also discuss the intricate policy, ethical and privacy issues that are arising as use of the Internet spreads. There will also be some basic workshops, including sessions on how to create a Wikipedia account for editing the popular online encyclopedia, and a tutorial on how to configure the privacy settings for the social networking Web site Facebook.
“OneWebDay is a single day where everyone across the globe can join together to celebrate the Web, reflect on its role in our lives, and take steps to ensure its survival as a sphere for public discourse, the open flow of ideas, the spread of knowledge, and the fostering of communities,” UWM’s Zimmer says in a statement.
— Stanley A. Miller II
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