Activism or “Slacktivism”? Are we a nation of online slackers?

laborgeek - alex white - August 17th, 2014 — 12:32 pm
Sunday Style had a feature article by freelance journalist Sarah Ayoub, looking at online activism, an article for which I was interviewed a few months ago. Last month it was Facebook friends urging me to sign a petition to save Meriam Ibrahim, who was sentenced to death for alleged apostasy in...

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Does your union leadership “get” digital?

laborgeek - alex white - August 13th, 2014 — 11:15 am
Research undertaken in 2012 by pro-union academic Panos Panagiotopoulos found that globally, unions are increasingly viewing digital tools as essential to improving communications and member engagement. Over 61% of unions said that digital was considered a “priority” given budget and...

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Eric Lee, Gaza, LabourStart, Me and 900 Comrades- A Screed

laborgeek - blogadder - July 26th, 2014 — 02:07 pm
LabourStart is composed of almost 900 volunteer trade unionists around the world.  85 in Canada alone (where I reside).  We operate largely autonomously from each other.  While Eric is prominent among them/us as webmaster and founder, he does not determine LabourStart editorial...

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What is best practice online campaigning (and why is it so difficult)?

laborgeek - alex white - July 24th, 2014 — 11:36 am
A week ago, The Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network held a live-chat with a panel of global digital campaigners to talk about “best practice”. On the panel included campaigners from highly regarded outfits like Avaaz, Change.org and Kony 2012 creators Invisible...

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Take Back the ‘Net

laborgeek - blogadder - July 19th, 2014 — 05:00 am
I often make references here to “digital utopians,” the folks of the ‘90s who kept telling us the internet would set our minds and news media free from the constraints and censorship imposed by corporate ownership. We could all be our own newspaper, TV and radio outlets. Always implicit, and...

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Twitter Tips and Tweetfests

laborgeek - blogadder - July 19th, 2014 — 04:58 am
I’ve harped on (and on) before about the lack of interactivity in unions’ use of so-called new media. Readers have responded in two ways, saying either, “It takes resources we don’t have to manage it all;” or, “What do you mean! We respond to every email we get.” Everyone, from local union...

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Mail Chgimps and Changing Walmart

laborgeek - blogadder - July 19th, 2014 — 04:57 am
A couple of IWDs ago I used my Webwork column to look at the distressingly negative experiences many women have online, including being flamed or otherwise harassed. And how those experiences might negatively affect women’s receptiveness to their unions’ online organizing efforts. In other words, I...

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Tech Tips and Tools for Change

laborgeek - blogadder - July 19th, 2014 — 04:56 am
Katie Arnup at Unifor is the first Canadian unionist I’ve seen, to date (besides me), to use a badge on Facebook: a small logo or other graphic in the corner of a user’s photo. It’s an inexpensive way for union members to show their allegiance to and play a small but collectively important...

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E-mail Lists Work Best

laborgeek - blogadder - July 19th, 2014 — 04:54 am
Last issue you were treated (?!) to a rant. This time I’m giving you a bunch of shorter items, leaving less room for my opinions. Mebbe.At LabourStart, we recently made an effort to track the ways that work best for getting the word out about our campaigns. It’s difficult for a volunteer...

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A Union Wikipedia Initiative?

laborgeek - blogadder - July 19th, 2014 — 04:52 am
I have been listening to Corey Doctorow’s Craphound podcast for a long while and his closing Creative Commons licensing notice (which quotes Woody Guthrie) finally made me think it was time to say a few words about Creative Commons (CC). CREATIVE COMMONSCC is just a way of claiming control over...

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