Blogging for Good Governance

Posted by on Jun 28, 2008 in Blog | 8 Comments

This week I was in Kampala and had the opportunity to meet a friend-of-a-friend, John Gattorn, a super-cool dude who does human rights and democracy work. As I’m obsessed with finding practical ways to use technology for social change, I told him about Global Voices Advocacy and their guide to blogging anonymously. Two days later, […]

Polarized and paranoid

Posted by on Jun 19, 2008 in Blog | No Comments

Polarized and paranoid. This is how I’ve been describing public discourse for the last few years now. I’d like to see it change. This post will explore what I mean by this, why I think it’s happening, and what we can do to reverse this dangerous trend. Learn why this post is incomplete.

Can’t focus anymore? Neither can we.

Posted by on Jun 10, 2008 in Blog | 2 Comments

“Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.” Nicholas Carr has written a wonderful article — Is Google Making Us Stupid? — on how consuming content online may be imparing our ability to concentrate.

Social networking sites, self-definition, and connectedness

Posted by on Jun 10, 2008 in Blog | 2 Comments

Online social networks have become so popular because they allow us to define who we are, where we fit, and connect with others. This is also true (to a lesser extent?) for online communities — Slashdot, Boing Boing, Wikipedia, Global Voices — places people go to identify as members of a particular community.

Pimp my Firefox

Posted by on Jun 9, 2008 in Blog | No Comments

Check out Hyperwords. It’s a free Firefox plug-in that transforms anything you select into a
hyperlink (see demo). You can then google it, pull up in-depth information or related content, translate it into the language of your choice, blog about it, and more.

Television and creativity

Posted by on May 4, 2008 in Blog | 5 Comments

In January 1999 I broke up with my television. I was a recently single mother of a two-year-old child and I knew if I had that dammed thing in the house I would succumb to the temptation to put him in front of it. So I could cook supper without him grabbing my legs and screaming for my undivided attention. So I could have a moment to myself.

Network Bibliography

Posted by on Nov 26, 2006 in Blog | 2 Comments

I’ve been working off and on (OK, mostly off — but I haven’t given up yet) pulling together a guide to help folks build and strengthen networks for social change. In the spirit of “share early, share often” I decided to post the bibliography.

Hi magazine will not strengthen US-Arab relations

Posted by on Sep 4, 2004 in Blog | No Comments

Just a little over a year ago, in July 2003, the State Department launched Hi magazine. Hi is part of the administration’s ongoing effort to combat anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world, particularly among Arab youth. This effort also includes Radio Sawa (Arabic for ‘together’) and an upcoming Arabic-language satellite TV station.