Mozilla Drumbeat festival: ‘Learning is learning, and learning is good.’

Drumbeat – Mozilla’s flagship festival focusing on net-neutrality, openness, and freedom of learning and expression – begins today in Barcelona, Spain. After spending an evening scoping out the scheduled events, workshops, and folks involved, here are some of my MASSIVELY cool highlights and things to watch out for in 2011:

Universal Subtitles

I was impressed to hear Robin Christopherson, Head of Accessibility Services at AbilityNet, sing the praises of YouTube’s auto-captioning tool at FOWD 2010 earlier this year. Mozilla‘s new open source tool – Universal Subtitles – aims to help translate even more videos into a format capable of being easily consumed by deaf and hard of hearing users, as well as ensuring that popular search engines – like Google – can access and archive important video content for years to come. View a video introduction to the new Universal Subtitles tool in all its HTML5 glory.


We’ve all spend many hours entertaining ourselves; wishing we could have a go with some of the bombin’ hardware G.R.L. (Graffiti Research Lab) have managed to muster since the early naughties, right? Well the founder, Evan Roth, is back and working with Mozilla to present some of his latest endeavours, including GML. GML is the perfect open XML file format to bridge the hacker mentality, common to both open source computer enthusiasts and graffiti writers. You can discover more about the project at and create your own GML tags and throw-ups at Drop a comment in below this post if you manage to get yours up and running!


I always despised exams, primarily because I was useless at being taught, but secondarily because I enjoyed learning at my own pace, and what’s learning without enjoyment, ey? Joi Ito – activist, entrepreneur, internet venture capitalist, and CEO of Creative Commons – who will be speaking at this year’s event has much to say on the issue of e-learning and (informal) learning, freedom and the web, amongst an absolute wealth of other contributors on the subject:

Changing the World, and software, is always a people problem. It’s rarely about technology, it’s about convincing people, right? And so the value of prototypes, whether it’s paper or tech’, is its ability to convince other people.

Aza Raskin


If you like the Drumbeat logo, check out more of Sean Martell‘s work.

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