Well, it turns out I will not be a panelist at the NetSquared Conference, as the funding for my trip turned out to be unavailable. However, I will be a panelist at the Conference on Blogs and the Spread of Democracy, speaking on the “Beyond the Blogosphere” panel.

The conference will take place on July 13 and 14th at the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C. It’s sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Director of National Intelligence/Central Intelligence Agency’s Open Source Center and the Global Futures Project.

I’ll be there as the founder of the now-defunct Committee to Protect Bloggers, (the old Blogspot site is still available at committeetoprotectbloggers.blogspot.com), co-creator of the Zimbabwean democracy super-blog, Enough is Enough and the director of BlogSafer, the anonymous blogging wiki. But most importantly for me, I will be representing Blogswana, a blogging-for-others project in the African country of Botswana, where I am co-director.

I am ever-so-slightly wigged since it’s a State Department/C.I.A.-sponsored event and most of what I have done online has been apolitical because, among other reasons, it’s been the only way to dial in all the people who should be involved, people who are very pro-U.S., very criticial of America and everything in between. However, it’s also an opportunity to speak directly to people that my country relies on to create and implement policy. Also, and perhaps most importantly, it’s so fucking weird I can hardly stand it.

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Cross-posted to Blogswana.