Category: Social Media & Activism

Tool Chest: Change.org Petition site

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Boosting more than 100 million users in 196 countries, Change.org seems ubiquitous in online campaigning, but the New York Times still has to ask in reference to online petitions: Are they effective? At TEDxBrum, Kat Sladden, a senior campaigner at

Tool Chest: MoveOn.Org Petitions

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Launched in 1998, MoveOn.org describes itself as “the largest independent, progressive, digitally-connected organizing group in the United States” and has been an innovator in “online advocacy.” As an online petition signer, it looks like I receive approximately 10 messages from

Facebook Expands ‘Social Goods’ Offerings

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Having totally nothing to do with selling advertising to fake news for rubles in last year’s U.S. election, Facebook has introduced new “social good” tools and charitable donations. Among the list of new initiatives and tools free processing of online

Blurring the Distinction Between Power and Communication

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Quartz Media article, “Facebook groups are the new workers’ unions,” Annalisa Nash Fernandez equates concerted action facilitated through Facebook groups with being a union. Fernandez cites several instances of non-traditional workers such as “Rural doctors, property appraisers, freelance writers, and

Rich Media: Cyberunions Podcast

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Cyberunions Episode 93: Tech workers can organize…? Listen (1:10:54) >> Discussion of organizing principles and focus on tech workers including http://techworkerscoalition.org/ in latest edition of long-running podcast series. Available in a multiple of digital audio formats.

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Anti-Muslim online surges driven by fake accounts and news

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A network of image boards and message forums provides an “echo chamber” for anti-Muslim sentiments, especially in the immediate aftermath of terror accounts in Europe, according to a new researchers from the anti-racist organisation Hope Not Hate, as reported in

Books: Technically Wrong

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Interesting article in The Guardian’s Social Media section about the missteps and efforts of the giant social media companies are trying to deal with the negative aspects of social media How algorithms are pushing the tech giants into the danger zone.

Action Alert: The ‘Net Is Under Attack

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Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai is leading what the Star-Ledger’s editorial board is describing as a GOP scheme to deregulate the Internet–specifically allowing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to charge web content providers different rates for the speed it allows

Having A Laugh? Trump Not Doing Time

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Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no

High Stakes Face ‘Post Truth’ World Truthtellers

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Social media not only serves to amplify messages, but crafty netizens also use social media to silence dissent and critique of false messages. When ProPublica published a rigorous study of the relationship between far right (being the polite term for

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