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Notes for workshop on blogs and advocacy

Framework: digital tools for advocacy

Examples:
– News sites (Sokwanele, This is Zimbabwe)
This is Zimbabwe
Kubatana
Kifaya
Nazret blogs

– Ecosystems – Technorati, linking
Technorati
Links to This is Zimbabwe

– Amplification
Global Voices
GLobal Voices Zimbabwe
Digg
Submit to Digg
Reddit

– Aggregation
Afrigator
BlogAfrica
Kenya Unlimited

Transparency sites
Mzalendo
Mzalendo bills
Parliamentarians
MP Joseph Leukton

Campaign sites
Free Hao
Free Kareem
Kareem FAQ
What you can do

– Badging campaigns
Hao Badges
Set of badges

– Postcards
FreeKareem
Free postcard tool
Sokwanele

– Petitions
Karim Petition
Petition tool

Video advocacy
YouTube, other tools
ZCTU video
Context for ZCTU video
WITNESS, Video Hub

Mapping (Sami’s prison map)
Google Maps
Chicago Crime Map, detail
Tunisian Prison map

Blogging for advocacy
– WordPress
http://wordpress.com/
users – yourprofile – change password

– Registering with false info
– Who are you trusting? (WordPress.org, email provider, local ISP)
– Posting via email (introduce secure GMail)
only with a dedicated wordpress install

– Importance of images – intro to Flickr
– Learning about blogs:
– Searching via Technorati
– Setting up Bloglines
– Importance of comments, trackback
– Promoting your blog
– Linking to other blogs
– Registering with aggregators (Afrigator, BlogAfrica)
– Contacting amplifiers – Hooking up with GV, promoting posts via email
– Community aggregators – reblog
http://www.kenyaunlimited.com/feed.php
http://blogafrica.com
http://afrigator.com

– Blogging contensts – KayBees

– Blogs and newspapers – licensing

Guide for bloggers, cyberdissidents

– Risks
– Use your name, unless you can’t
– Posting directly to the blog – can be seen at Internet cafe, analysis via ISP
– Danger of revealing your identity by revealing too much detail

Mapping
– Use Google Maps to find key points
– Capture key points by using Link to feature, copy URL
– Quick lat/long remarks
– List of key points and locations
– Register for an API key
– Cutting and pasting code from EZGoogle Maps, sample map
– Uploading to a server (special page on WordPress)
– Adding notes
– Finding photos on Flickr, adding photos

Risk
– New deck – getting ready
– Install Firefox
– Install Thunderbird
– Download security.ngoinabox.org
– sensitive area of your machine – strategy (encrypt? offsite? delete)
– ANTIVIRAL
browser hygiene
delete and wipe
surveillance
passwords
encryption and martus
skype
intro to tcp ip
webmail
public key and ssl
filtering
circumvention
psiphon and tor
if you are filtered
anon blogging
pagerank

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