Skype failed yesterday, and this morning, almost 24 hours after people first started complaining about not being able to log on, the VoIP provider disclosed that more than 10 million people were back online. Though Skype has over half-a-billion members, it recently said that at any given time, about 25 million people are concurrently connected to the network.
Adding to an already rich life, my father decided in middle age to become an elementary-school teacher in a working-class neighborhood in New Mexico. To this day, people who run grocery stores and work on construction sites, and who are now in late middle age themselves, come out when I’m visiting to tell me how Mr. Lanier changed their lives. Go up to any adult with a good life, no matter what his or her station, and ask if a teacher made a difference, and you’ll always see a face light up. The human element, a magical connection, is at the heart of successful education, and you can’t bottle it.
OpenLeaks will provide whistle-blowers a way to upload leaked documents and to send them to particular recipients, such as newspapers, news channels, radio stations, non profit organizations, labor unions, governmental oversight groups and others. OpenLeaks itself, unlike Wikileaks, will not publish the leaked documents on its site. By-passing the editorial function is intended to keep the organization unencumbered political considerations.
It’s difficult to explain specifically what is particularly so magical about working on Social Media Week, other than that every day I am amazed and inspired by the incredible people who step up to contribute and the iconic institutions and emerging start-ups who all want to participate in the conversation and help bring the experience to life at each conference and in every country.