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Moms Call In the Vote

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Monday, November 3 2008

No doubt, moms are a hot voting bloc. We'll all be looking to see if and how both married women and unmarried women turn out and vote tomorrow. TheMotherhood.com has launched this nifty new tool called "Moms Call In the ... Read More

Do you have to be a "political blogger" to be a blogger with political influence?

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Monday, June 9 2008

I shouldn't admit this, but the one single blog I check every day no matter what is PerezHilton.com. And I've noticed that in between Lauren Conrad dissings and celeb baby bump spottings, Perez gets pretty political. ... Read More

Moms Rising Asks Women to Send McCain their Resumes

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Thursday, April 24 2008

Check out this approach to calling out John McCain on his Neaderthal response to the Fair Pay Act, from MomsRising: Yesterday, the Senate failed to pass the Fair Pay Act. What was almost worse than that defeat, were the ... Read More

Where are all the women political bloggers? This new widget tells you, by state and party ID

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Wednesday, April 16 2008

In a further extension of BlogHer's mission to identify and promote women in the blogosphere, I wanted to let you know about our new widget- we're inviting women political bloggers to list themselves. Please spread the ... Read More

I'm just so psyched Hillary won Ohio

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Tuesday, March 4 2008

I just saw Josh Levy and he asked me to describe why Hillary won Ohio in 300 words or less...but I can't. I don't want to do a cerebral analysis on why Hillary won Ohio. I'm just...psyched. Hopeful. As a longtime, ... Read More

I'm over 30 and for Hillary, and so this "social media" thing is kind of irrelevant

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Thursday, February 7 2008

So I realized, I'm over 30, don't use Facebook or Twitter much, and I'm a Hillary supporter. I wasn't quite ready for Clinton's "Town Hall" on the Hallmark channel (I'll save that one for the over 60 crowd) but I feel as ... Read More

Are bloggers press? The LAPD doesn't seem to think so

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Wednesday, January 30 2008

I understand with every new medium there are some growing pains. There is debate to be had over which entities can call themselves "media" and which are not. Over what constitutes a "legitimate" news or information ... Read More

Candidates and Web Communities: How much do they matter?

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Wednesday, December 12 2007

Do Iowa and New Hampshire hold so much power that the world wide web is just dwarfed in comparison? It seems that way. Read More

"Swiftboating" themselves into a tizzy: Clinton, Obama, and Novak

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Saturday, November 17 2007

Do you think Robert Novak is sitting somewhere with Karl Rove, polishing edits to their respective columns, and laughing as Obama and Clinton's campaigns go into overdrive to defend themselves against an alleged piece of ... Read More

Clinton and the Gender Card: Perspectives

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Monday, November 5 2007

Feminist leader Gloria Feldt writes that the furor about Hillary Clinton and the gender card (see Pile On video) is a process of “desensitization” : we’re all trying to work out our collective discomfort with such ... Read More

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NYC Open Data Advocates Focus on Quality And Value Over Quantity

The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications plans to publish more than double the amount of datasets this year than it published to the portal last year, new Commissioner Anne Roest wrote last week in an annual report mandated by the city's open data law, with 135 datasets scheduled to be released this year, and almost 100 more to come in 2015. But as preparations are underway for City Council open data oversight hearings in the fall, what matters more to advocates than the absolute number of the datasets is their quality. GO

Civic Tech and Engagement: Announcing a New Series on What Makes it "Thick"

Announcing a new series of feature articles that we will be publishing over the next several months, thanks to the support of the Rita Allen Foundation. Our focus is on digitally-enabled civic engagement, and in particular, how and under what conditions "thick" digital civic engagement occurs. What we're after is answers to this question: When does a tech tool or platform enable actual people to make ongoing and significant contributions to each other, to a place or cause, at a scale that produces demonstrable change? GO

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Tweets2Rue Helps Homeless to Help Themselves Through Twitter

While most solutions to homelessness focus on addressing physical needs -- a roof over the head and food to eat -- one initiative in France known as Tweets2Rue knows that for the homeless, a house is still not a home, so to speak: the homeless are often entrenched in a viscous cycle of social isolation that keeps them invisible and powerless. GO

Oakland's Sudo Mesh Looks to Counter Censorship and Digital Divide With a Mesh Network

In Oakland, a city with deep roots in radical activism and a growing tech scene at odds with the hyper-capital-driven Silicon Valley, those at the Sudo Room hackerspace believe that the solution to a wide range of problems, from censorship to the digital divide, is a mesh net, a type of decentralized network that is resilient to censorship and disruption and can also bring connectivity to poor communities.

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