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Re-Wiring the Future of Community Organizing
An article at the Digital Divide Network about Zack Rosen and CivicSpace Labs describes how the Internet can be used to organize.
In the last election cycle, virtually everyone commented about how the Internet was affecting the election. The campaign most cited for exceptional Internet use was that of Howard Dean. Increased publicity and new technology allowed blogging and new software which allowed more community interaction (culminating in the DeanSpace project) to push Howard Dean to the front of the Democratic pack, reminding voters of the power of high-tech grassroots organizing.
The founder of CivicSpace Labs, Zack Rosen, was partly responsible for the architecture of Deanís Internet presence. CivicSpace Labs offers a non-profit open-source community organizing software which provides a framework for organizing. The tool features software that allows community organizations to create customizable community websites with blogs, photo galleries, user profiles, friend/buddy tracking, polls, and file storage. Groups can send targeted emails, import and aggregate remote content, share users, manage group membership, organize events, and collaboratively create, edit, and publish documents.
Read the full article at Digital Divide Network, the Internet's largest community for activists, policymakers and concerned citizens working to bridge the digital divide.
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