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Hey, Baby:'s Text-Powered Teen Pregnancy Campaign

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, September 26 2012

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Last January, Alysha Bologno, a digital engagement associate at the teen social change nonprofit got a new assignment: Create a new campaign around the issue of teen pregnancy.

The solution turned out to be an interactive text-messaging campaign. Participants received texts timed to the rhythms of life as a teen parent.

"What about putting a baby in someone’s phone, and waking them up at 6.30 and [contacting them] at other annoying moments throughout the day?" she said, recounting the concept (conception?) phase of the project. "It’s like a Tamagotchi."

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Beyond the Mobile Hype In Election '08

BY Justin Oberman | Wednesday, September 3 2008

After a long hiatus abroad and working on a new project, I came home this August to a barrage of inquires regarding the usage of mobile phones in this year's election. While I had been following all of the news ... Read More

Daily Digest: Let Freedom Ring(tone)!

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, March 12 2008

Get your red-hot presidential ringtones!; customize your very own Obamalogo at Logobama; send a video message directly to one of the campaigns; track Clinton's new web-based fundraising push; and find out which candidate ... Read More

Edwards Campaign Circumvents Limits of Mobile Fundraising -- For Now

BY Colin Delany | Sunday, June 24 2007

Toward the end of last week, the John Edwards campaign pulled off a bit of a technological coup — they got around the inherent limits of raising money via cell phone text message. But here's the rub: the tools they ... Read More