This was today's sunrise from my hotel room.. I am in Louisville, Kentucky, home of the Kentucky Derby, Muhammed Ali Clay and where Edison first lighted his lightbulb. This is the home of great ideas: among them the Idea Festival, which I am attending this year, for Global Voices Online.
I had my first talk today in a slot vacated by no other that Iranian Nobel Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi after the Mullas in Iran refused to give her permission to leave the country and attend an Idea festival. Ideas are dangerous as you all know.... My panel included double-Pulitzer Prize winner Nick Kristof from the New York Times and Professor Stempel, who was actually in Iran during the 1979 revolution! Since the panel was a general discussion which encouraged questions from the audience, our talk naturally covered everything from censorship to freedom, human and women's rights to terrorism and whether it is safe for Americans to travel in countries which chant Death to America.
That's all from me.. off I go.. and Ramadhan Mubarak to you all too :)
PS: My colleague Georgia Popplewell has more + pix
GV's Founding Father Ethan Zuckerman live-blogged the session here