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Women, the Internet and politics: "Trust me, we’re out there."

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Wednesday, October 3 2007

At the New York Times, Katharine Seelye wrote Monday, "Are more men engaged in politics online than women, and if so, why?" Is it, as commenter Michael writes, Because men are more interested in wasting time in debating ... Read More

Conservative Women Bloggers: Looking beyond Malkin and Townhall.com

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Friday, September 14 2007

I'm cross-posting two posts from BlogHer.com, both of which highlight Conservative womens' blogs. My Republican co-editor Dana Tuske started out with this mission: "Since so many Republican bloggers are men, my idea ... Read More

The New Family Values on the Blogs

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Thursday, August 30 2007

Parents’ blogs are buzzing with conversations stemming from the recent New York Times article on kids on the 2008 Election Trail. I thought the Edwards’s attitude to their children on the trail was creepy, even ... Read More

Blogging While Female

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Monday, August 6 2007

Gender is seeping into discussion of the netroots in a major way. As today’s Washington Post quotes Yearly Kos Executive Director Gina Cooper on her conference: "It's mostly white. More male than female," says the ... Read More

YouTube and Politics: A Woman’s Place is…in a bikini?

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Thursday, July 26 2007

It all started when “Obama Girl” got more attention in the post-CNN/YouTube debate “spin room” than Joe Biden. As I stood outside the spin room, I kept asking breathless spinners who had talked to the brunette ... Read More

Is the CNN/YouTube debate just too...male?

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Wednesday, July 18 2007

As a political editor for BlogHer.org, I'm going to Charleston, S.C to cover the CNN/YouTube Democratic Presidential Debates next Monday. As I wrote on BlogHer, is this debate... a shift, or is it a stunt? Read More

Women Online: Facts, Figures, and the 2008 Election

BY Morra Aarons-Mele | Monday, July 16 2007

The candidate most effective at reaching women online will have a serious edge in the primary election. Why? More women vote than men. More women are online than men. Given the importance of reaching women online, all of ... Read More

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NY Study Shows How Freedom of Information Can Inform Open Data

On New York State's open data portal, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has around 40 data resources of varying sizes, such as maps of lakes and ponds and rivers, bird conservation areas and hiking trails. But those datasets do not include several data resources that are most sought after by many New York businesses, a new study from advocacy group Reinvent Albany has found. Welcome to a little-discussed corner of so-called "open government"--while agencies often pay lip service to the cause, the data they actually release is sometimes nowhere close to what is most wanted. GO

Responding to Ferguson, Activists Organize #NMOS14 Vigils Across America In Just 4 Days

This evening peaceful crowds will gather at more than 90 locations around the country to honor the victims of police brutality, most recently the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday. A moment of silence will begin at 20 minutes past 7 p.m. (EST). The vigils are being organized almost entirely online by the writer and activist Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones), with help from others from around the country who have volunteered to coordinate a vigil in their communities. Organizing such a large event in only a few days is a challenge, but in addition to ironing out basic logistics, the National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) organizers have had to deal with co-optation, misrepresentation, and Google Docs and Facebook pages that are, apparently, buckling under traffic.

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NDI Launches Open Source DemTools for International Development

Yesterday the National Democratic Institute launched a suite of web-based applications created for their partner organizations, mostly pro-democracy groups and political parties around the world. These “DemTools,” which are ready-to-use but can also be customized, will give organizations in developing countries some of the capabilities that political activists and parties in the United States have had for years. Moreover, since the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is making the promise to host partner organization's applications in the cloud essentially forever, they hope these applications will help usher in a period of more sustainable tech.

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