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Abidjan Blog Camps: For An Union Of Online Content Producers in Ivory Coast

The Abidjan Bar Camp (also known as Barcamp Babi) took place during March 5-7, 2010.

Members of the Rising Voices grantee Abidjan Blog Camps participated in that event and its project leader Theophile Kouamouo wrote:

I want to say out loud that BarCamp Abidjan in 2010 was of great quality. The organization was good (thank you Frederick), And the speakers were of quality. If we are able to best capitalize on the meetings and discussions that have been made possible by this event, the ecosystem of the Web will be radically transformed Ivorian.

He made two proposals in the barcamp advocating for an union of online producers in Ivory Coast:

- The creation of a union of producers of online content in Côte d'Ivoire. The union would seek to protect their production (through a defense of copyright) and the value (through the creation of a portal redirection, as Wikio). The union also will fight for a charter of “netiquette” (Ethics on the Net) should be enacted to punish the “systematic theft of content, including preventing their rise from the pub on the Ivorian territory.

- The creation of a unique governance / advertising marketplace for content producers in Côte d'Ivoire, which would improve their negotiating capacity in relation to the hundreds of thousands or millions of page views that they represent.

If you are a producer of online content (news, entertainment, games, applications) and that you approve of the idea of creating a union / group / specialty society, send me an email to kouamouo@yahoo.com. We begin to work on the project. (machine translation)

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Manasse Dehe reports:

Young people passionate about web and internet, set themselves the dream of making this technology a force for Côte d'Ivoire. Akendewa demonstrates that age and number of participants of a team are not necessarily the key factors of success. Uniting their thoughts and energies overflowing Frédéric Tapé and his friends have organized a series of meetings, during which several people full of talent gathered in one place.

With a reactive nature, action groups were formed, recruitments were made, innovative projects arose. My biggest satisfaction is that in a friendly atmosphere the best content producers, students, software developers, designers, web marketers and web entrepreneurs and technology and mobile Internet enthusiasts have spoken the same thing. The Web is in the process of having a future in Ivory Coast – it was reiterated by everyone. And it began with managing the content that overflows the land, and waiting only to be promoted on Internet. (machine translation)

Here is a slide-show of the event.

Now let us see what other bloggers from this project are saying.

Roger Kasse talks about dumping of toxic waste in Ivory coast.

Yoro (Israël Yoroba) writes about a recent transport strike that paralyzed Abidjan city:

All's well that ends well. The crisis lasted 4 long days. 4 days of hell for both domestic food prices have soared. 4 days of walking under a blazing sun. 4 days of hitchhiking and carpooling.

This song by Daouda reminds how the Gbaka (minibus transport) are important to Ivorians:

Abidjan car poolTheophile Kouamouo informs about an innovative car pool in Abidjan which uses Facebook to communicate and was beneficial to many during the transport strike:

A group has been created on Facebook to allow linking Abidjan citizens, between those living in the same neighborhood, work in the same area, each with a car, others not. In this period of strike, they would benefit from opting for carpooling – and even after, too. It is more convenient and we share the costs. (machine translation)

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