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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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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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