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Tripping the Switch from Organizing for America to OFA '12

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 2 2011

Politico's Ben Smith details the reconversion of Organizing for America into the online army of the Obama '12 presidential campaign: President Obama ’s aides have quietly turned the key in the engine of the massive ... Read More

Rep. DeLauro Signs Change.org's Call for Clinton to Condemn China DDoS Attacks

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 26 2011

Change.org, the increasingly high-profile political petitioning site, has really banging pots around the story that its systems are being targeted by "Chinese hackers" angered by the more than hundred thousand ... Read More

Avaaz vs. Murdoch

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 25 2011

The Guardian's Ed Pilkington profiles "Internet campaigner" Avaaz's on-going "Stop Rupert Murdoch" campaign in the UK. The campaign is centered around a letter to British leaders: "At this time ... Read More

Republicans Find Digital Motivation in Obama '08

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 20 2011

Having gotten a drubbing in 2008, Republicans have ramped up their digital game, reports the New York Times Jen Preston: What Republicans recognized after Senator John McCain’s bruising defeat in 2008 is that Mr. ... Read More

Palin Upgrades SarahPAC Site

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 18 2011

Politico's Andy Barr reports: Sarah Palin rolled out a new website for her PAC on Monday with significantly more content and features, along with a vehicle for Palin to start gathering email addresses and information ... Read More

MoveOn Tests Open Petition Platform

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 18 2011

Now in beta is MoveOn do-it-yourself online petition tool. Meet SignOn. It's being used in Maine to demand the creation of a recall process, for one thing, but according to the site's FAQ, the use of SignOn isn't limited ... Read More

The One Where Greenpeace Claims a World Record By Getting People to Comment on Facebook Ditching Coal

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 15 2011

Photo credit: Kim White/Greenpeace Greenpeace is claiming a Guinness World Record in the 'most Facebook comments in a 24-hour period' with its "Unfriend Coal" campaign directed at the company, an effort that ... Read More

Axelrod Previews a Seriously Upgraded Obama '12 Digital Operation

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 15 2011

Team Obama has plans in the works to raise the bar it set online in '08, reports Politico's Mike Allen: President Barack Obama’s fledgling reelection campaign is building a volunteer network with the audacious ... Read More

MoveOn and Moby Want You to Stop Eating Because of the Budget

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 13 2011

MoveOn is conducting a "rolling fast to protest the immoral budget cuts Republicans are pushing in Washington." They say 30,000 people are participating. Moby made a video. Discuss. Read More

A Look at Your Nuclear Neighborhood

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 30 2011

Greenpeace's Nuclear Power Plant Locator Map showing reactors near Boston, MA. Greenpeace has rolled out an improved version of its Nuclear Plant Locator Map; punch in your address, and out pops a listing of the ... 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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