Open thread for 94-848/79-298: Mobile Phones & Social Media in Development & Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal

I’m taking a break from my vacation in the stunning mountains of Montana to talk to a class at Carnegie Mellon being taught by my awesome major advisor, Jay Aronson. I’ll be updating this post with references to the links I bring up in the conversation, so class participants and refer back to it. Any […]

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Wendy Davis and feeling represented in a democracy

I was going to dedicate my evening to watching a certain FBI agent and his therapist, and so had eshewed my always political Facebook feed for my nearly-entirely-silly Tumblr account when something scrolled across my dash. As I knew from my brief flirtations with Facebook tonight, Texas Representative Wendy Davis is embarking on a 13-hour filibuster […]

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The hijacking of the #ExposePP #tag is kind of the best thing ever

When I turned on my electronic devices after landing in Seattle last night this happening on Twitter. It’s only gotten better through the night. Apparently some delightful person or group of people decided to make a #tag on Twitter to talk trash about Planned Parenthood. Instead, what looks like hundreds of men and women whose […]

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Tribes and Collateral

In non-profit communications-speak, “collateral” is “stuff you give people with your brand on it.” It is everything from t-shirts to magnets to pamphlets. Thinking about how Polaris could change how it uses collateral to work to end human trafficking, I’ve started by analyzing how I, as an activist and informed issue consumer, use collateral. In DC, […]

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