Knight News Challenge

This season’s Knight News Challenge is going to fund projects that strengthen the free and open Internet. That’s what we’re doing at Small Picture and in the Fargo community.

I think that’s a great idea! And I’d like to flip things around a bit. I’d like to help people who want to use Fargo, or the open source publisher software or outliner component, to do projects that help strengthen the Internet, and apply to Knight for funding.

Or maybe developing some compatible services on Dropbox, using templates, OPML or RSS. Or even making node.js servers easier for tech-savvy users to deploy.

Maybe you want to do JavaScript toolkit that flattens-out the various storage APIs: Box, Google Drive, Microsoft, Dropbox, etc?

It’s a nice coincidence that Knight is focused on this now. If you have an idea you’d like to work on with our support or technology, either send me an email, or post a comment below.

I have a dream of having a real-world (not online) conference next summer with 15 teams working on these projects, and looking for all kinds of great ways to connect them together. I even have a venue in mind, and when you hear what it is it’ll blow your mind.

A picture of a slice of cheese cake.


About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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