Ideas for the online revolution.

Find Out Your Website Demographics - Gender and Age

MSN has a new site where you can see who searches for different keywords as well as the

gender and age of people who visit your site

This site is "female-oriented" with a 65% number. I'm not sure if they mean that 65% of the visitors are female, or if there is a 65% chance that the majority of the visitors are women.

For age, we get twice the number of under age 18 users and some strange results in the other brackets (why are we getting a normal showing in the 50+ age group?).

Mapping Global Warming

Someone created a mashup that lets you see the

Impact of global warming using Google Maps.

You can see the land that will be covered by water, based on different predictions of sealevel rise.

He's using a 50 GB NASA data set for altitude data.

ZNet Renovation

Justin Podur recently wrote an article about

Free Software and ZNet

They are renovating their site and you can help the project by joining in on the
Wiki and Forum.

They are going to use Drupal.

Networking Software - General Use

Check out this example of general usage of this software. Using Campus Activism/Activism Network for non-activist purposes -- A Soccer Network.


http://www.activismnetwork.org/soccer/

It's based on the latest software build (which isn't yet publicly released), and is not a finished product.

It uses .po files to translate the language into "non-activist" english. For instance, "issue" is replaced with "tag".

You also need to create your own database to store the information and several other things which I'm going to make e

Outfoxed - Personalize Your Internet

You can use this Firefox plug-in to transform the way you see the Internet by trusting your social network to let you know what's good, instead of multi-national corporations.

Get OutFoxed plug-in

Unfortunately it doesn't yet work with Firefox 1.5. So I wasn't able to test it. But I enjoyed reading the online documentation/thesis about it. This is the kind of thing that could become REALLY BIG.

I'm not sure how well it can handle multiple dimensions. For instance, almost everyone should trust me on issues of spyware, whereas my views on politics are more subjective. Ultimately there are an infinite number of dimensions of knowledge.

Using Maps for Effective Progressive Messaging

Activists need to embrace the use of maps in our campaigns.

Maps allow you to make information more appealing to the reader, without dumbing down the content (for instance, you don't have to turn your argument into a short slogan). Complex statistical arguments about the correlation between one factor and another are much easier to grasp if they are presented in a nice chart, or better yet, a map.

Currently I'm guessing that we're on the threshold of a coming wave of activist maps. Here are several factors that will start the wave:

1) Google Maps API - has created a renaissance in maps on the internet by making it very easy to create a map, and by provoking a number of competitors (notably Yahoo and ESRI) to provide free APIs.

Challenges for Australian activism

so... i am now introducing a new blog that will hopefully be useful to people, regardless of which hemisphere they find themselves in.

i am blogging from Australia, as an activist who has participated for the last few years in the student movement in Sydney. I have witnessed a lot of change even over the last 5 years.

Now, we as students are now seeing student organsisations (as we previously knew them) fall apart and transform around us.

Since the Liberal Party got a majority in the senate last December, it has been able to implement its dream policies. Targeting student organisations was the first priority for the government, because historically, student movements in Australia, like those of the rest of the world, are a backbone of many major social movements. In recent years some of these social movements have been the refugee solidarity movement against mandatory detention of undocumented migrants(2000-2006 current) and the anti-uranium, indigenous sovereignty movements, especially the successful campaign to stop Jabiluka Uranium mine (1996-8).

an introduction

so... i am now introducing a new blog that will hopefully be useful to people, regardless of which hemisphere they find themselves in.

i am blogging from Australia, as an activist who has participated for the last few years in the student movement in Sydney. I have witnessed a lot of change even over the last 5 years.

Now, we as students are fumbling along as our student organsisations crumble around us (to be continued -teh computer has just told me to log off)

Server Crash

This has been the worst web-hosting crash I've seen (normally I like JaguarPC, but they really messed up). Our website was down for a bit over two days. Campusactivism.org is up, still waiting for other sites, notably activismnetwork.org.

Apparently there was one or more spammers on the shared server. Then they had a RAID hard drive array crash. During this time, they did a lousy job of communicating what was going on with users. For instance, my first support ticket request got a reply saying the server would be up shortly. The second support ticket got a reply saying they "hoped" it would be up shortly. One day later things weren't much better. Basically I had to pester support and they must have prioritized restoring my account. Support was overloaded and responded to some things very slowly (sometimes taking 6 hours).

Over 1300 Groups and Growing


Map of our Network

It's a map (using Google Maps) of some of the 1300 groups on our site.

Very slow in Internet Explorer (2 minutes). Fast in Firefox (15 seconds).

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