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[opensource] Invitation: Cultural Hot Spots Workshop

Henrik Bennetsen bennetsen at
Thu Feb 21 14:30:19 PST 2008

Pontos de cultura // Cultural Hot Spots

a round table discussion of "glocalism" with Claudio Prado, director of
digital policies in Brazil's Ministry of Culture

The *Stanford Humanities Lab* invites you to participate in a workshop about
an extraordinary socio-cultural experiment that has placed digital
technologies and tools in the hands of disadvantaged communities across
Brazil, transforming digitally excluded populations into producers,
designers, programmers, even hackers.

Over the past five years, the government of Luiz Ignácio Lula da Silva has
invested $8 million in the creation of 600 *Pontos de cultura*: hotspots
where, through a combination of repurposed hardware, satellite web access,
open source software, and the presence of skilled community activists,
grassroots communities have developed through the building a common social,
cultural, and political cyberspaces.

Claudio Prado, the director of this initiative (alongside Brazil's Minister
of Culture, the singer-songwriter, Gilberto Gil), will present an overview
of the past, present, and future of the Cultural Hot Spots project.

Since February 1, 2008, the Stanford Humanities Lab has been partnering with
the Cultural Hot Spots project in order to establish an NGO that will extend
the project's reach beyond the borders of Brazil. The workshop will explore
how people from Stanford, the Bay Area research community, and beyond may
become involved.

   - When: Monday February 25: 2 pm – 4 pm
   - Where: The Learning Theater on the ground floor of Wallenberg Hall
   (Bldg. 160)<>Stanford

No need to RSVP but questions may be directed to hbe at

This event is co-sponsored by Stanford Humanities Lab & The Division of
Languages, Cultures and Literatures, Stanford University

We hope you will join us!
Ps. Please forward this invitation to all potentially interested parties

Henrik Bennetsen
Research Director
Stanford Humanities Lab
Stanford University

Wallenberg Hall, 450 Serra Mall
Building 160, Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-2055, USA

bennetsen at
Cell: +1 415.418.4042
Office: +1 650.724.5504
Fax:  +1 650.725.0192

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