We are very pleased to have Brian Giesen, a leader of our Digital Influence APAC team, joining Pesta Blogger this year in Indonesia.
Coming under sponsorship of the US Embasssy (Press release below) Brian will be talking about Obama’s campaign and social media, among other topics.
Jakarta – For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Embassy is sponsoring Pesta Blogger 2009, Indonesia’s only national-level bloggers’ gathering. The event will take place on Saturday October 24, 2009 in the exhibition hall of the SMESCO building. Four U.S. bloggers, including Arsalan Iftikhar, a prominent American Muslim blogger and Mark Frauenfelder, founder of a leading technology blog, will participate.
U.S. Ambassador Cameron R. Hume said: “The Embassy is proud to support and sponsor Pesta Blogger for the second year running. Freedom of expression is an integral part of any sustainable democratic system. Indonesia has a strong, vibrant democracy, and the robust growth of its blogging community indicates this.” Ambassador Hume blogged for the first time himself shortly after Secretary Hillary Clinton’s visit to Indonesia in February of this year on the State Department’s official blog.
The U.S. Embassy also sponsored a series of blogging workshops in 10 cities across Indonesia over the past three months, in order to encourage more Indonesians to blog and to impart the principles of citizen journalism. Over one thousand people participated in the programs, which were held in Malang, Semarang, Balikpapan, Samarinda, Makassar, Medan, Bandung, Surabaya, Palembang and Yogyakarta.
The U.S. Embassy has recently embraced technology and social media to conduct public diplomacy in Indonesia. The U.S. Embassy now has its own YouTube channel, featuring over nearly 200 short videos covering a wide range of topics about the United States, including American culture, society, education, religious practice, politics, tourism and English-language education. Located at www.youtube.com/pasjakartaindonesia, videos featured on the video-sharing website are in Indonesian or have Indonesian subtitles.
In January, the Embassy was the first diplomatic Mission in Indonesia to create a Facebook fan page, www.facebook.com/jakarta.usembassy. It now has nearly 15,000 fans. The page features unique content, including photos, videos and contests. All U.S. visa appointments are now made using an online application system, and recently, American citizens living in Indonesia wishing to renew their passports are now required to make online appointments. For further information on Embassy activities visit http://jakarta.usembassy.gov or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usembassyjkt.
American Blogger Bios for Pesta Blogger 2009
Brian Giesen is a Digital Influence Specialist with over five years of experience with Ogilvy PR and is an Interactive Marketing Manager in Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide. He specializes in developing online marketing programs, including search engine optimization, email marketing, online PSA campaigns, content syndication, media outreach, and more. Previously, Brian was a legislative assistant for Congressman Jay Johnson (WI-8), where he Brian tracked healthcare-related legislation, and organized special events in the Congressman’s district.
Mark Frauenfelder is a writer and illustrator living in Los Angeles. He co-founded the technology blog BoingBoing.net and was an editor at Wired Magazine from 1993-1998. He is currently the design columnist for Mobile PC magazine, and has authored several books, includeing a science experiment book called The Mad Professor. BoingBoing started as a underground magazine in 1988 and it covers technology, futurism, science fiction, gadgets, intellectual property, and politics. It became a website in 1995 and was relaunched as a blog in 2000, and has been described as a “directory of wonderful things.”
Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, founder of TheMuslimGuy.com blog, and a contributing editor for Islamica magazine in Washington DC. Arsalan is a weekly contributing commentator for National Public Radio (NPR) and a regularly featured contributor for CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. His interviews, commentaries and analyses regularly appear on CNN, BBC World News, NPR, FOX News, MSNBC, Al-Jazeera, USA TODAY, NBC, The Washington Post, ABC World News Tonight, Los Angeles Times, CBS News, and The New York Times, among others. TheMuslimGuy.com is a blog that attempts to shed light about Islam to an American audience, and was launched on the seventh anniversary of 9/11.
Corvida Raven is the author of SheGeeks.net, co-author of EverythingTwitter and TheSocialGeeks Podcast and provides consultation on strategies for social media and community management services to technology companies and consumers. She previously produced content and managed the communities of the Blog of Mr. Tweet, ReadWriteWeb, The Industry Standard, and Guidewire Group. Her work has been published and referenced on several major websites such as TechCrunch, Mashable, AllThingsDigital, LifeHacker, and Fast Company Magazine. SheGeeks.net is a social media blog covering a host of topics including, social media tools, web services and applications, mobile applications and community management.
For further information on Embassy activities, visit http://jakarta.usembassy.gov