Facebook, Google to Rally the Kids at Columbia

"Social media" tools like YouTube and Facebook have a new name: "killer apps" or powerful platforms for extremist groups to smear messages of hate. But those same companies are hoping to counter that those negative cabilities for good.

From December 3rd to 5th, Facebook, Google, YouTube, MTV, and Howcast will sponsor a summit to mobilize young people against violence and oppression at the Columbia Law School. The global network, called the Alliance of Youth Movements, aims to craft a "field manual" on how to create social change using online tools. (Yes we can… Twitter!)

"The field manual will stand in stark contrast to the Al Qaeda manual on the basics of terrorism, found by Coalition Forces in Iraq," according to the press release.

Whoopi Goldberg, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, MSNBC’s Luke Russert, the U.S. Department of State’s Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy James Glassman, and others are set to speak at panels, which will include ‘How To Build Transnational Social Movements Using New Technology’ and ‘How To Use New Mobile Technologies.’

A red carpet event will be held at MTV’s headquarters in Times Square.

Howcast will stream the events online, as well as build an online "hub" where new youth organizations can share "how-to" guides and instructional videos on using social networking to promote freedom and justice and counter violence, extremism and oppression.

Jason Liebman, co-founder and C.E.O. of Howcast Media and former Google guy, said in a statement:

‘The Summit provides a unique opportunity to bring these socially conscious groups together for the purpose of making real, positive change in the world," said Jason Liebman, Co-Founder and CEO of Howcast Media. “Howcast’s mission has always been focused on making it easier for people to learn how to do just about anything, and I’m particularly proud to see Howcast being used to help people learn how to make a difference in improving the world that we all share.’


Facebook, Google to Rally the Kids at Columbia