My heart’s with Ethan

 Chris Jordan, Cell Phones, 2007 (courtesy: http://www.chrisjordan.com/)

Ethan Zuckerman remains my No. 1 favourite blogger of all times, and given how much I struggle to update GlobaLab at least 2-3 times a week, while trying to work and retain a decent social life, I am in awe at his amazing prolificacy.

A quick browse at his last few entries would be enough to feed an average person’s brain for 6 months. Over the last few days, he’s been busy reporting from the PopTech conference, which he describes as “the annual three-day gathering of scientists, inventors, geeks, philosophers and thinkers in coastal Maine“. The event is a catwalk for amazing projects and ideas that are truly transforming the world. If you haven’t followed the event, you can read Ethan’s posts on some of the most interesting presentations, including (but there are more):

It took me good part of the day to read them all, and there are many more celebrity bloggers who reported from the event, including BoingBoing, Next Billion, and a few (but not many) non-English speaking bloggers.

If this isn’t enough for you, check out Ethan’s earlier post about a new initiative to fight counterfeit pharmaceuticals in Ghana (hopefully soon the whole of Africa), mPedigree, which will use mobile phones to track drugs from their original producers all the way to the pharmacy shelves, allowing each buyer in the chain to ensure that they’re dealing with a legitimate product. Or check out the entry in which he takes a good shot at unravelling the complex situation in Somalia, in response to the Onion’s eye-opening video Situation in Nigeria Seems Pretty Complex, a must see for all Africanists:

In The Know: Situation In Nigeria Seems Pretty Complex

What can I say? Ethan, you are my personal hero!!!

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2 responses to “My heart’s with Ethan

  1. Ethan gave a great talk at web2forDev, he’s an even better speaker than he is blogger, but thankfully he’s not the greatest looking guy in the world so there’s still some hope for the rest of us.

    Thanks to your post I found my way to the pop!tech drivers of change vote page. Something that perhaps every conference should have – I’m sure it would have gone down well at web2forDev. See http://www.driversofchange.com/poptech/
    I’ve already added a few drivers of my own – couldn’t believe that mobile phones weren’t there.

  2. Yeah, I was in Rome too, and indeed it was a brilliant presentation, by far the best after BROSDI’s… And like you I was too lazy to post anything significant after the event. But others have done a much better job already than I ever would, especially Christian: http://www.crisscrossed.net/

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