Dec 02 2008
Dave Olson, community evangelist at Vancouver’s Raincity Studios has done a great service to the cause of press freedom and the development of social media in his open letter to the Olympic bigwigs at VANOC. I’m a bit late in adding my praise, but I like to think I’m helping keep the momentum up for improving citizen journalism of the next Olympics. Given the shabby treatment Dave and the Raincity Studios crew received from VANOC at a press briefing (muscled out of the building by security guards, as detailed on Lowther Rinse Repeat), I thought another effort at constructive dialogue by Dave was awfully diplomatic.
An excerpt of the open letter is below:
In brief, we’d like to have a conversation about how to allow fans and amateur media makers to document their Olympic experience while keeping out of the way of the IOC IP lawyers. As a company and as individuals, we’ve produced extensive, non-accredited coverage of Beijing 2008, Torino 2006, SLC 2002, and Nagano 1998. With the next games literally in our neighborhood, we’ll be hosting an independent, international media centre at our Gastown loft office. As part of this, we’ll organize events like photo walks and aggregate fan-made content for the enjoyment of a worldwide audience. We’d like to work with you to do this for mutual benefit.
Keep up the good work.