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Thursday 2/23 PDPlus Call: How Grassroots Conservatives Are Tapping the Power of Open Networks

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, February 21 2012

Conservatives are using online social media in innovative new ways, catching up to or surpassing their counterparts on the other side of the aisle. This Thursday on the Personal Democracy Plus call, I'm looking forward to talking with Martin Avila, whose firm Terra Eclipse worked on Ron Paul's 2008 website, and more recently has partnered with Freedom Works to launch Freedom Connector, a social network that has grown to more than 160,000 active members in just one year.

Avila looks at Washington politics from about as far from the Beltway as you can get, working from his base in Santa Cruz, California. He's a critic of campaigns that use the internet as more top-down vehicle for pushing their message at other people, or for just raising money, and his work is demonstrating that the same network-centric strategies that are prevalent on the left can also deliver dividends on the right.

On this call, we'll get his thoughts on which campaigns "get it" and what kinds of tactics are getting traction and why. RSVP here.

News Briefs

RSS Feed friday >

First POST: Overreaching

Why the FCC balked at the Comcast-TimeWarner deal; Sheryl Sandberg wants Hillary Clinton to lean into the White House; the UK's Democracy Club brings a lot more information to election season; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Ownership

"Tell us more about your bog"; the shrinking role of public participation on campaign websites; "Aaron's Law" has been reintroduced in Congress; is the Comcast-TimeWarner merger on its last legs?; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Bush League

Presidential candidates hiding behind Super PACs; what this means for American democracy; demos at the White House; a demand for Facebook to be more open about news in the newsfeed; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Glass Half Full

A new Pew study on open government data in the US; the FOIA exemption ruffling transparency advocates' feathers; social media bot farms; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Zucked Up

Mark Zuckerberg responds to criticism of "zero rating" Facebook access in India; turning TVs into computers; how Facebook is changing the way UK users see the upcoming General Election; BuzzFeed's split priorities; a new website for "right-of-center women"; and much, much more. GO

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