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First POST: Sim Pickings

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, February 20 2015

Using stolen encryption keys, the NSA and GCHQ can intercept and decrypt communications between billions of phones without notifying the service provider, foreign governments or users; get to know Sarah Harrison, the WikiLeaks editor who helped Snowden gain asylum in Russia; a profile of the Fight for the Future leaders; how the new wave of black community organizing is not hashtag activism; and much, much more. Read More

Civic Tech and Engagement: How NationBuilder Helps Organizations Recruit and Mobilize

BY Eilis O'Neill | Tuesday, January 13 2015

I Am That Girl uses NationBuilder

NationBuilder officially launched in 2011, and, since then, it has grown from a start-up to a company that employs 70 people and from a beta platform to one used by over 1,000 organizations—from civic activists to gelato shops—to find new members, track their involvement, and then encourage them to meet in person. In 2014, NationBuilder’s customers used the platform to raise over $200 million and to recruit nearly 900,000 new volunteers.

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Open Data, Open Standards, and Community Activism

BY David Eaves | Tuesday, May 29 2012

Of a project in Western New York to help local residents track pollution in their area, David Eaves writes, " activists and non-profits have not even begun to tap the power of open data." Read More

Quote of the Day: James O'Keefe, 'Community Organizer'

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 17 2011

I'm a pretty controversial guy. What should I call myself? Is what I do journalism? Organizing? Agit-prop? Well, I call myself a community organizer, a community organizer of citizen journalists.   — James ... Read More

MeetUp on the Mall: Say Hello to Your Fellow Americans

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, January 19 2009

During the 2008 presidential race, it seemed like "community organizing" came to stand as a proxy for the competing world views of the Democratic and Republican tickets. Barack Obama, of course, drew on his ... Read More

Marshall Ganz on the Future of the Obama Movement

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, November 20 2008

Monday I was up at Harvard to give a talk to Nicco Mele's class at the Institute of Politics on "The Making of the President 2.0: How the Internet is Changing the Political Game." (The powerpoint is here.) While I was ... Read More

Daily Digest: Personal Democracy, Obama-Style

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, September 9 2008

In the midst of all the noise of RNC week, the Obama campaign quietly slipped out a Neighbor-to-Neighbor tool that might become a killer app come election day; Palin's dig at community organizing is fueling faith-based ... Read More

Daily Digest: Personal Democracy, Obama-Style

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, September 9 2008

The Web on the Candidates Oh, Internets: techPresident's Micah Sifry announces that, in light of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's dissolution of Parliament and the calling of new elections, the site has added new ... Read More

Daily Digest: Short Hop from Wasilla to World

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, September 8 2008

The pushback against Sarah Palin's dig at community organizers seems to have legs; we look at how one email went from Wasilla, Alaska, out to the world at breathtaking speed; some conservatives find themselves having a ... Read More