You may be aware of the recent announcement of NotCon, the UK's hippest, most cutting edge and least expensive technology conference of 2004. I'm part of the management (hoho), and I have the responsibility for organising two subtly different sessions, The Politics of the Net and Politics on the Net. I'm delighted to be able to do this because I've sat through so many terribly panel sessions on similar topics in my life that I think I must have seen all the mistakes it is possible to make. The most common of these is not having any really interesting, meaty-but-tacklable questions, and that is why I'm posting today.
We already have some ideas about what we'd like some of the core topics of discussion to be, but there is plenty of scope for new angles, new topics, new problems. I thought I'd post this just to encourage people to ponder what questions they do and desperately don't want to see asked. And if you feel you should be on the panel, not in front of it, please submit your proposal.
NB I think it is only fair to warn people in advance that anyone heard using the phrase 'I think it is absolutely key that we understand that' in one of my sessions will be forceably removed from the room before they can finish their unstructured, contentless non-question. Looking forward to seeing you there!