A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be able to attend my first e-mint event – an informal seminar around blogging and communities featuring the wonderful Nancy White, online community guru, consultant and blogger, which turned into a very lively group discussion which included the old familiar (and currently on the boil again as poorly informed myspace moral panics emerge as US legislation for those of you who didn't catch it, DOPA was passed by the House of Representatives.) interweb tension of control vs. chaos. I’m firmly against filtering and gates –walled garden solutions might be useful in terms of licensing and liability, but like other filtering solutions they don't encourage a culture where young people are supported to take responsibility for their own actions and to equip themselves for dealing with unwanted encounters with materials or people. My new role on the DfES backed Safe Use of the Internet steering group sees me having to sharpen up my act when it comes to what exactly constitutes useful e-safety education, not to mention to knock-on implications of DOPA.
I’m in the process of organising a couple of online conferences and in the market for some good advice. Has anyone had good or bad experiences with particular services or approaches? The elements I want to include are pretty standard: Speaker presentations via webcam, presentation slides and a chat facility. Is there something else I should definitely factor in? I’m currently looking at WebEx (as the most obvious place to start).