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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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Beyond @Congressedits, Capitol Hill Looks for Entry to Wikipedia

As he recently told techPresident, the creator of Congressedits did not aim to make Members of Congress look bad, but said he hoped that they would recognize the importance of Wikipedia as a public space and engage more with its community. "If staffers and politicians identified as Wikipedians, that would be super. You could imagine politicians' home pages with a list of their recent edits, that they would be proud of the things that they are doing." On Capitol Hill, there is in fact interest in making that vision a reality, starting off with an initial conversation that could create a framework for more Wikipedians in Congress. GO

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In the Philippines, Citizens Go Undercover With Bantay to Monitor Public Offices

The Philippines, a country of almost 100 million, is considered among the most corrupt country in Southeast Asia, despite a boost in Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index in the past few years (from 134th in 2010 to 94th in 2013 out of 175.) Corruption involves all levels of government, but benefits also from a mindset of tolerance, says Happy Feraren, the co-founder of Bantay.ph, an anti-corruption educational initiative that teaches citizens how to monitor the quality of government services, sometimes by going undercover. GO

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