Thursday, April 2, 2009

London G20 summit

Demonstration bloggers

Large demonstrations took place London the week of the summit. Some brave bloggers risked being assaulted by the police to bring us the truth about the London protests. Our reports survey who was there live-blogging the demonstrations:

Put People First Rally in London
London G20 protests of April 1
Demonstrations during April 2 London G20 summit

The G20 Voice Bloggers

G20 Voice, the brainchild of Oxfam's Karin Brisby, arranged for 50 bloggers to attend the G20 summit in London on 2 April 2009. These 50 bloggers were truly "there live," having been granted the same access to the event as accredited members of the mainstream media.

Sokari Ekine, (Nigerian social justice activist)
Lloyd Davis, Perfect Path (new media expert)
Daudi Were, (Kenyan blogger)
We are under-represented at these summits because we are increasingly irrelevant. On the global scene African countries have very little influence, even less power and no force at all (except against other African countries).

Jessica Uribe, and Jessicauribe (Mexico's #1 metroblog blogger)Ignacio Escolar, (journalist, Spain's top political blog)
The summit of the G20 is like an onion. Obama is at the core, the great white hope, the only politician with the popularity and international credit enough to lead a world that is falling...

Ahmed Al-Omran, (Human rights in Saudi Arabia)

Michael Bear Kleinman, Humanitarain Relief Blog for (humanitarian)

Dave Walker, Church Times Blog (cartoonist)

Duncan Green, From Poverty to Change (Oxfam)
Institutional winners and losers: The big winner, apart from the G20 itself, is the IMF, which has received a massive increase in funding and therefore influence. This is bittersweet. . .
Simon Berry, ColaLife (activist for corporate social responsibility)

Daniel Kaufmann, The Kaufman Post (governance and corruption expert)
In actuality, the most tangible result of the London Summit is the empowerment of the IMF as a global financial supervisor, stabilizer, and aid provider, through a revamped mandate and a vastly larger resource base. There is a tinge of irony in this, since historically the IMF and the U.S. Treasury Department were inextricably linked to the Washington Consensus.
Monsterrat Nicolas, Curvas Politicas (Washington DC based columnist for La Nacion)

Virginia Simons, (activism)

Alex Evans, Global Dashboard (CIC fellow, NYU)
Rowan Davies, (leading voice at Britain's #1 social network)
Todd Lucier, Climate Cafe (Canada, collaborated with Al Gore)
Diana Vogtel, 350.0rg

Swati Sahi, Swati-Owasa, OneWorld South Asia
While IMF appears to be the biggest winner, I am interested in the $100 billion that would be lent to poorest countries. Wonder if the Indian PM has something to say about it in his briefing in a little while. I think I will go pay him a visit.
Rodrigo Alvares, Nova Corja, (uncovers corruption in Brazil)
Kady O’Malley, (Canadian politics; blogs for a newsweekly)
Vikki Chowney, and (Digital media guru)
Faik Uyanik, Faik Uyanik (BBC Turkish section)

Cheryl Contee (aka Jill Tubman), (top African-American blog)
Sam Graham-Felsen, Blue State Digital blog (ran Obama campaign blog)
Anthony Painter, (author)
Dhamaka, (photographer)
Jotman, (editor, THERELIVE)Richard Murphy, Tax Research UK (offshore tax havens guru)
I. . . challenged Gordon Brown to say if he saw the measures announced as the end of the end of the attack on tax havens or the beginning of the end of tax havens. In the process I asked him to confirm that tax avoidance as well as evasion would be addressed and to confirm developing countries would benefit from change.
With the publication of the Maunday Thursday letters by Downing Street, coming in the wake of the G20 communiqué, I think the debate on tax havens has changed for good. . . .
James Simmonds, G20 Blog (youngest G20 blogger)
If I were to sum up my feelings about this event I would say that world leaders need to use the children of the world as assets and recognise that their education will be beneficial for any developing economy. When I spoke to Douglas Alexander earlier today he agreed that investing in education is one of the "smartest" things a country could do. What I want to know is how the agreement reached today will enable poorer countries to do that. That’s not really clear at the moment but I hope we will find out soon.
  • What a Day
  • Power to the people
  • Insider, me?
  • Introducing 1800 journalists, a camera crew and a 14 year old
  • Interview with Douglas Alexander
  • What happens in London certainly will not stay in London
  • What am I supposed to think
  • First impressions are important

Lani C. Villanueva, White Band

Sunball, DFID youth reporters

Joe, DFID youth reporters

- The BBC live-blogged a good timeline of the day's events.
- What's new with the G20 bloggers? Visit Simon's pageflakes page.

Photos: by Jotman.


Shane McCracken said...


Thank you very much for such a great round up. Really really useful.

Jotman said...

Hi Shane,

Thanks. Great to know it will help.