requesting help from brazilian geeks

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hey gang,

i'm sending you this message in hopes that you can help me complete this journey in a fan-tabulious manor. from the 13 - 28 i am planning on cruising the streets of Sao Paulo with options to visit Rio and the Federal District.

from the outside, brazil seems to have adopted / promoted open-source at every level of government and culture. i would love to prove this or disprove it if it is incorrect. from what i've read, it seems that everything points to the fact that brazil is the foremost adopter of open source and creative commons. with that in mind, i would love to interview people who are influential and users / benefactors of open conversations. for example, i am looking for internet cafe owners who couldn't exist without work government funding of open-source programs or teachers, educators, schools that couldn't use computers without open source.

it is important for me to gather footage that completes the full circle of open source - from a geek's passion, to government funding, to non-profit training, to an educator's use or a business owner making profit / serving the community, to a user participating in the local/global community. since i don't know Portuguese nor do i know all of the players, i hope you can help me connected the dots and help me place brazil as the keystone on this global documentary.

in the meantime, i'm also looking for couches to surf, random art events to attend and peers to meet. consider me just a one man camera crew with a framework. please use me to help you document your community and compile your story with the global story of open source and free culture.

can you help me translate this in portuguese and help me communicate with all the nodes?

thank you!
noel

translation provided by marcelo pinheiro (http://www.coolportfolio.com and http://www.lifeincalgary.ca)...

Oi gente,

Estou enviando esta nota na esperança de que você possa me ajudar a completar esta jornada.
Vou estar cruzando as ruas de São Paulo com possibilidade de visitas ao Rio de Janeiro e Brasilia entre 13 e 28 de Janeiro (15 dias).

Para quem olha de fora. o BRasil parece ter adotado / promovido o open-source (código aberto) em todos os níveis governamentais e culturais e eu gostaria de confirmar se isto é o caso ou não.

Pelo que eu li, parece que tudo indica que o Brazil é o mais importante adepto de open source e creative commons, e com isto em mente, eu adoraria entrevistar pessoas que tem influenciado a adoção de open source e creative commons e usuários e benfeitores. Por exemplo, estou procurando por donos de lanhouses (cybercafes) cujo negócio não poderia existir sem projetos open source financiados através do governo ou escolas, professores e educadores que não poderiam usar computadores sem a existencia do open source.

E' importante para mim conseguir capturar video clips que documentem o ciclo completo do open source. Ex: paixao do hobista, financiamento do governo, treinamento sem fins lucrativos, uso educacional, uso comercial servindo a comunidade, usuarios participando na comunidade local/global. Visto que eu não falo Português e que não conheço as pessoas envolvidas nestas atividades, eu espero que você possa me ajudar a conectar os pontos para mostrar o brasil como ponto central neste documentário global.

Enquanto isto, eu também estou procurando por um sofá para surfar, eventos de arte e pessoas para conhecer.
Você pode me considerar como uma equipe de vídeo de um homem só. Fique a vontade para me usar para te ajudar a documentar a sua comunidade e para adicionar a sua história a história global da comunidade open source.

Hi, I live in Sao Paulo, when you get here I will help if I can.

You will like projects like these in my ciy:

http://www.ecommunita.com/comunidade

and

http://metareciclagem.org/drupal/

These people work with open source workshops for digital inclusion. See you.

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on the luck of seven was an open-source, around the world project by noel hidalgo, a new york city based activist, organizer, barcamper and coworker.

for seven months, he traversed the globe. using a new media voodo (blog, vlog, wiki, flickr, couchsurfing, twitter, myspace, dopplr, and facebook), noneck harnessed the collective knowledge of the internet, and report on seven topics of freedom. this trip was funded by 253 people and supported, house, fed, and loved by countless others.

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