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Despite a rising Internet penetration rate, Saudi Arabia continues to be one of the most repressive countries when it comes to net freedom. The most recent actions taken by the government do nothing to change that opinion. On January 1, 2011, the Saudi Ministry of Information and Culture issued new laws--formally known as the Executive Regulation for Electronic Publishing Activity--for web publishing, redefining how online content is controlled. How have Saudi bloggers and international rights organizations reacted to the new law?
Optimizing your website or blog so that it is more likely to appear prominently in search engine results sounds like a tricky process. In reality, though, there are simple modifications you can make to improve your site's interaction with search engines. Here are 10 easy steps to get you started.
One of the greatest challenges when it comes to gathering news about a particular event or issue area is keeping up to speed with the load of information coming in on different social media channels. A new tool called Storify takes some of the legwork out of this process and lets you create your own stories using social media. With Storify, you select items from the real-time streams of information coming in from Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube (among other channels) and put them together to make a cohesive and chronological narrative. How has Storify been used so far? What's the value of this new tool?
Becoming a nonprofit and tax-exempt organization is a challenging process and the decision to become one should not be taken lightly. It will take a lot of time, money, and dedication. If you are exploring this option, here are a number of starting points to begin the process. While this post primarily examines how to become a nonprofit and tax-exempt organization in the United States, we hope to build a body of knowledge on movements.org about becoming a similar entity in other countries as well. Feel free to share your tips and advice with us!
Tunisia's revolution began one month ago, after a 26 year old unemployed university grad lost his only source of income when police confiscated his fruit and vegetable cart and set himself on fire. This tragedy was the last straw for those that poured onto the streets and stayed there until the authoritarian president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, left the country in a helicopter.
So was it the first Twitter (Facebook, social media, internet) revolution? Or does it mark the last time anyone will ask this question? Here's a roundup of the best commentary that's surfaced over the past week.
Online video is a powerful medium for attracting attention to your cause and engaging your audience in a new way. A compelling video has the ability to bring your organization’s mission and work to life. Yet one of the greatest challenges when it comes to harnessing video for advocacy is coming up with great content ideas. Here are 6 easy ideas for original content, as well as some background tips for getting started.
Over the past few days, many bloggers, journalists, and academics have been trying to make sense of what happened in Tunisia, and how social media may or may not have played a part in the actual coordination of protests.
The debate over what role many of these tools played inside Tunisia will no doubt continue, but we want to begin highlighting those that were clearly of consequence at least when it came to getting the word out.
Wordpress, one of the most popular blogging platforms, lets bloggers download plugins to enhances a blog’s capabilities. There are thousands of different plugins, though, making it hard to tell what works, what doesn't, and what provides the best functions. To make the search easier for you, we've narrowed down a list of the best plugins by category. Don't see your favorite plugin listed here? Share it with us!
Today, independent watchdog Freedom House released its annual Freedom in the World report for 2011. The report assesses political rights and civil liberties as experienced by citizens on the ground. Using key performance indicators, researchers from Freedom House assigned a freedom status--Free, Partly Free, or Not Free--to 194 countries and 14 territories. 2010 marked the fifth consecutive year that global freedom has been on the decline. Find out more about what countries changed status over the past year, how the economic downturn has impacted democracies, and predictions for the new year.
Looking for a way to find volunteers with professional skills to help out with short-term projects? Sparked, from the team at The Extraordinaries, is the world’s first microvolunteering network, a form of “online volunteering for busy people.” Nonprofits post small projects such as a logo redesign or a request for website feedback to Sparked. Projects are then routed to volunteers who have the relevant professional skill set or expertise and an interest in the cause. Tasks are then completed by a collaborative community of volunteers. So just what differentiates microvolunteering from other types of volunteering? What’s the appeal to both nonprofits and potential volunteers?