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Why Digital Politics Pros are Still Skeptical About Mobile Donations

BY Christian Bourge | Thursday, July 12 2012

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Despite a June ruling from the Federal Election Commission approving a new scheme for accepting political donations via text message, political fundraising consultants and campaign technology experts are unsure that SMS donations — heralded as a boon for nonprofits — will be ready for use this election cycle.

And read on for: Four projects Republicans and Democrats should watch for other ways to raise money via mobile phone.

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'Civility and Social Media'

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 9 2011

"In 140 characters, you can glance at a tweet and know if they're adding something substantive to the conversation or not" — Adam Sharp speaks about civility and social media on a panel at Personal Democracy Forum ... Read More

Testing the Waters Now Includes Cleaning Up Your Online Rep

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 4 2011

Part of the preparation for candidates running for office these days involves hiring a team to protect their online reputation, reports Politico's Jen Martinez: Online reputation management firms that already do big ... Read More

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New Media Sites in Iran Blur Lines Between Citizen Journo, Professional Journo, & Activist

In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.

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