It looks like I'll be participating in two panels at the upcoming SXSW Interactive Festival. The descriptions of the panels are below
Feed Me: Bite Size Info for a Hungry Internet
In our fast-paced, information overload society, users are consuming shorter and more frequent content in the form of blogs, feeds and status messages. This panel will look at the social trends, as well as the technologies that makes feed-based communication possible. Led by Ari Steinberg, an engineering manager at Facebook who focuses on the development of News Feed.
Post Standards: Creating Open Source Specs
Many of the most interesting new formats on the web are being developed outside the traditional standards process; Microformats, OpenID, OAuth, OpenSocial, and originally Jabber — four out of five of these popular new specs have been standardized by the IETF, OASIS, or W3C. But real hackers are bringing their implementations to projects ranging from open source apps all the way up to the largest companies in the technology industry. While formal standards bodies still exist, their role is changing as open source communities are able to develop specifications, build working code, and promote it to the world. It isn't that these communities don't see the value in formal standardization, but rather that their needs are different than what formal standards bodies have traditionally offered. They care about ensuring that their technologies are freely implementable and are built and used by a diverse community where anyone can participate based on merit and not dollars. At OSCON last year, the Open Web Foundation was announced to create a new style of organization that helps these communities develop open specifications for the web. This panel brings together community leaders from these technologies to discuss the "why" behind the Open Web Foundation and how they see standards bodies needing to evolve to match lightweight community driven open specifications for the web.
If you'll be at SxSw and are a regular reader of my blog who would like to chat in person, feel free to swing by during one or both panels. I'd also be interested in what people who plan to attend either panel would like to get out of the experience. Let me know in the comments.
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