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Get Gladwell Direct

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 29 2010

Malcolm Gladwell's "Short Change" piece on the failings of social-media infused activism has sparked some energetic discussion this week. Here's your chance to talk it over with Gladwell himself. He'll be doing ... Read More

What Gladwell Gets Wrong: The Real Problem is Scale Mismatch (Plus, Weak and Strong Ties are Complementary and Supportive)

BY Zeynep Tufekci | Tuesday, September 28 2010

We're pleased to repost this essay on Malcolm Gladwell and online activism by Prof. Zeynep Tufekci of the University of Maryland, with her permission, from her blog Technosociology. Not only does she engage Gladwell, who ... Read More

The Strength of Tweet Ties

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, September 28 2010

Down in our comments, North Carolina organizer and general online doer Ruby Sinreich points to a nice post from University of Maryland (Baltimore) sociologist Zeynep Tufekci in which she makes a learned case that Malcolm ... Read More

Malcolm Gladwell Searches Twitter for '60s Activism

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, September 27 2010

Slactivism gets the Malcolm Gladwell treatment in his new New Yorker piece out today. 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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