I’m super excited for the second year of Sex 2.0, which is taking place in the DC metro area (technically Silver Springs, MD) on Saturday, May 9th. Last year Amber spearheaded efforts at organizing the event, and there was so much excitement about it that we pretty quickly decided that there would be an event in 2009.
Here’s the episode of Naked City TV that I shot at Sex 2.0 last year.
If you’re interested in attending on May 9th, tickets are $30 until April 13th. You should also join our Google Group if you’re interested in the event at all – that’s where all the planning is happening.
I’m leading two different sessions:
Revisiting Naked on the Internet
My book Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads, and Cashing In On Internet Sexploration was published by Seal Press in 2007. This session will include a panel with some of the women I interviewed for the book; we will discuss what has changed and stayed the same in past two years. Questions include: How has the sense of community in online sexual networks changed since 2007? How have new technologies, applications, and websites (like Tumblr and Twitter) shifted the ways we think about sex online? How have shifts in law enforcement like crackdowns on online prostitution, arrests of teens for making child porn, and the obscenity trials of pornographers affected sex online?
Panelists include Amber Rhea and FurryGirl, with the hopeful addition of Bella Vendetta if she goes to the event. If you were interviewed for the book and will be attending, please let me know if you’d like to be on the panel!
Sex Work 2.0 in the Time of Obama
Now that the United States has a new administration, sex workers and their allies are facing different challenges. In this session we ask (and attempt to answer): what should sex worker activists and allies be working toward with the new administration, and how can the average internet sex geek help? This discussion will be a strategy discussion about the messaging we feel the Obama Administration is most receptive to, the various points of entry within the Obama Admin (such as the new White House Council on Women and Girls, etc) and most specifically, map out a viral messaging campaign proposal to bring to the community. This session will plant a seed to advance online and new media collaboration, split up some of the work and identify tasks that can be delegated to various groups/activists who want to be active but aren’t sure what steps to take.
Co-presented by Stacey Swimme of Bound Not Gagged and Audacia Ray (Sex Work Awareness)
I would also like to offer up short, informal one-on-ones for folks who want tech or social media help. I don’t want to do this as a formal session because I’d like to attend more than two sessions as a participant, but if you’re interested in such a thing I could do it during lunch, or possibly on Friday evening in my hotel room. Don’t be shy, drop me a line if you’re interested.