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New media for NGOs: A case study on the U.S. Campaign for Burma

The U.S. Campaign for Burma has blown up over the past three years. They went from a few hundred members in 2005 to over 60,000 in 2008 -- but without much of an increase in staff or funds. I wanted to examine how the use of digital media has helped increase their presence as an advocacy organization and enhanced their capacity to reach new grassroots activists. I talked to three key people at USCB and incorporated their thoughts into this presentation.

New media outreach for NGOs: a case study on the US Campaign for Burma

New media for NGOs: A case study on the U.S. Campaign for Burma

The U.S. Campaign for Burma has blown up over the past three years. They went from a few hundred members in 2005 to over 60,000 in 2008 -- but without much of an increase in staff or funds. I wanted to examine how the use of digital media has helped increase their presence as an advocacy organization and enhanced their capacity to reach new grassroots activists. I talked to three key people at USCB and incorporated their thoughts into this presentation.

New media outreach for NGOs: a case study on the US Campaign for Burma

The magic, terror and potential of world webcams

I have recently become obsessed with Google's world webcam widget, which I have embedded on my iGoogle page. There's also a main page, hosted by a partnered for-profit company (Catfood Software) where you can check out some of the 800+ webcams set up around the world.

What's cool/horrifying about this is that it doesn't just show you a webcam; it lets you control the camera. You can zoom in and out, up and down. You can jump to a drop-down menu of locations (city center, famous church, boardwalk) set up by the camera owner. You can follow people as they walk down the street, and even take a still photo. This is equal parts terrifying and amazing. How can we reappropriate this surveillance for artistic, political or civic purposes? Wouldn't it be more powerful if people knew of the existence of said webcams and were willing and engaged participants in the virtual interaction between a stranger's computer screen and their beamed image?

Your mom might be on TalkShoe.com

Always wanted to host a public or private community conference call on the internet, enable live chat, and podcast the conversation afterward? Maybe not, but now you can. Like other web-based audio and video platforms, talkshoe.com has filled a need we didn’t know we had.

Launched in 2006, the site started gaining popularity last year as a new interactive podcasting tool. How does it work? As TalkShoe execs describe it, “Community calling uses the phone, cell phone or VoIP to enable group conversations between anyone, anywhere, anytime, allowing people to host and record interactive community calls on any topic.” Users on the site can see your “live call” and choose to participate either via chatroom or phone, or you can invite people you know. TalkShoe also integrates social networks, including Facebook, Meebo, and Ning.

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