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Take it from the Dod

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CCN - Collaborative campaign news thingy

CCN - Collaborative campaign news thingy

The Dod is a master hacker and overall kewl kat who has been putting his skills in the service of good people for many years. Currently on his agenda is the campaign against biometric ID in Israel (Hebrew). As part of his support for that campaign, he has developed a very clever widget which allows a group of people to collaboratively update a news ticker and embed it on various sites. The ticker is very web2.0, with flickr galeries and all. RSS coming soon.

Here’s the use scenario. You’re running a campaign, and need to constantly collect and distribute news in real time. You have 0 budget but a good group of activists.

Old school: nominate a PR person, have everyone email her the news, she edits them and maintains a website.

New school: open a private room on friendfeed, everyone joins the room and picks up the bookmarklet, and starts pushing news to the room. Next, everyone picks up this widget and plug it into their blogs, sites, etc. Now the news is flowing from the people to the people by the people.

The Dod has promissed twitter feedout and other goodies, but will not say when. With a bit of nudging, he’s ported the widget, and its documentation, to English. Only bummer is that it doesn’t work on wordpress.com. It works fine on blogspot, or on hosted wordpress.


The original, as used by the Israeli human rights society's campaign against biometric ids, as seen on Bracha Goleshet


I’m on da map

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Search web2.0 in London on google maps. What do you get?

I kid you not.
But you can hack your own.


Written by yishaym

June 25, 2008 at 10:58 am


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This is the day that John McCain lost, and a new generation won. A generation that knows not only how to speak truth to power, but also how to make its voice heard. Jean Sara Rohe, I salute you.

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May 19, 2008 at 8:44 pm

Blog street and TV lane

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Clay Shirky makes an interesting analogy between Gin and Television, and their relationship to social and cognitive surplus. Couldn’t help thinking about Hogarth.

Beer Street and Gin Lane (1751) Beer Street and Gin Lane are two prints issued in 1751 by English artist William Hogarth in support of what would become the Gin Act. Designed to be viewed alongside each other, they depict the evils of the consumption of gin as a contrast to the merits of drinking beer.

… On the simplest level, Hogarth portrays the inhabitants of Beer Street as happy and healthy, nourished by the native English ale, and those who live in Gin Lane as destroyed by their addiction to the foreign spirit of gin;

Gin Lane shows shocking scenes of infanticide, starvation, madness, decay and suicide, while Beer Street depicts industry, health, bonhomie and thriving commerce, but there are contrasts and subtle details that allude to the prosperity of Beer Street as the cause of the misery found in Gin Lane.

Nowadays you can get any form of trash on the TV, yet governments from US to China are trying to control the ‘net. Looks like the man has sided with the Gin makers this time.

Kinda gives a new dimension to “free as in beer”..

Written by yishaym

April 26, 2008 at 4:55 pm

if this is a stunt, it has my respect

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This is a campaign to ensure the UN convention for human rights is upheld and 118 is given an account in his real and legit (although stupid) name.

Well, if Derek Blackadder got his account back, I’m sure mr. 118 TAXI will. Along with a hefty load of new facefriends and more business than he can shake a stick at.

Btw, if you actually read this log regularly, and are wondering what I’m doing on facebook the answer is, if its bad enough for Sheikh Ali al-Maliki to want to block it, its good enough for me to be there.

Written by yishaym

April 6, 2008 at 12:40 am

StepItUp: On April 14, speak up for the planet.

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WorldChanging tells us about the StepItUp campaign:

On this one spring day, there will be hundreds and hundreds of rallies all across the country. We hope to have gatherings in every state, and in many of America’s most iconic places: on the levees in New Orleans, on top of the melting glaciers on Mt. Rainier, even underwater on the endangered coral reefs off Key West.

So if you’re in the US of A, do something amazing on April 14th, shoot it, film it, upload it, show it to the world.

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February 15, 2007 at 1:08 am

They know their media

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Want to raise some money for your student group? Promote Linux? feel like a TV star? No problem. Just put your knowledge into a documentary / tutorial, and stick it up on video.google. Ssam Media!

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December 13, 2005 at 1:51 pm