I have been following the discussion on this list and the newsgroup
which has queried why the technology for the free, live broadcast
of Face to Face '98 to the Altos Bar in Sky City is not interactive. I
have consulted with the contractor and discovered (to my
embarrassment) that it is indeed interactive. I am completely
ignorant of this part of the technology, so I apologise for not picking
up on this sooner.
So - the process will run like this (the gods of technology willing
<g>): The live video feed will commence at 8:30 and run through
until just before 3:30. Wellington will see Auckland and vice versa.
Our expectation is that when each of the Sessions (1,2, and 3)
break into workshops that the Auckland participants will do the same
thing. The report-back sessions will include space for live report-
back from Auckland. The only difficulty lies in the deadline for pack-
up at Altos as they need the gear cleared by 3:30 as the bar opens
to the public at 4:00pm. We are negotiating on this, and Plan B is
that if the pack-up has to be before Auckland has a chance to report
back on Session 3 "Does the Internet Need Government?" that we
have someone in Auckland report in by Cell-phone. Whether we can
accommodate more interaction than this will very much depend on
the day - it's a learning curve for many of us.
I need to reiterate that the AGM is *not* part of the broadcast as we
do not have constitutional provision. This year's broadcast/video
confernece is really a "trial run" for next year, when we will have the
consitutional power and the appropriate security to run the
Conference and AGM across the net itself with full voting ability for
I hope this clears up any concerns people have had, and again I
reget that my ignorance of the technology has caused confusion.
I look forward to "meeting" you in some form, and at the same time
extending my knowledge on the technology front.
PS The bar at Altos will open at noon for participants, and tea and
coffee will be available all day.
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