Monday, February 21, 2005

To Mata: Technorati

Mata -- I did some digging before I posted on Technorati. No, I'll neither be joining Technorati nor del.ici.ous. Of course, I will be observing these orgs; if not utilizing them. Check this out.

In figuring out how to spread your meme, there seem to be two venues that count: and technorati. They are the ones that make their folksonomic classifications publicly available and consumable. They represent two very different approaches.

In, users are classifying bookmarks and providing extended descriptions about them. In technorati, people are classifying their own blog posts and then submitting them. Peter Merholz has noted that these two approaches to generating folksonomy are very different. In the approach, you are trying to tag something for recall, and perhaps to signal to others that it is of interest. It can be dispassionate (but, maybe not, see below).

In technorati, you are saying, “Hey world, I'm part of this idea represented by this label.” At a vulgar level, there's really a notion of joinerism here, and at a more sublime level people are seeking out others like them (as noted by David Sifry, CEO of technorati, when he launched the service).

And, while you are at it, Dave Sifry, CEO of technorati, has fascinating links. Like this one.

The summit will focus on web spam -- not email spam. Web spam includes comment spam, link spam, TrackBack spam, tag spam, and fake weblogs. We are bringing all of the key players together in one room to discuss current projects seeking to address the common problem and hope to leave the event with a solid set of actions. Key industry players such as AOL, Google, MSN, Six Apart and Yahoo have all confirmed their attendance

And you may wish to check out Mr. Sifry's own blog: Appears there's a family involvement level. Micah Sifry.

Now then.

At Mr. Sifry's own blog page:

This is the main directory for the Sifry family. David's blog and Micah's blog are close by, and you can also get to Technorati, Public Campaign, and Personal Democracy Forum.

And at the Public Campaign site. Check out their links!:

Research Institutions and Public Interest Groups
ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union):
Support Constitutional Campaign Finance Reform
Alliance for Better Campaigns:
American University Campaign Finance:
Internet-accessible, database-formatted campaign finance files
The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center: Includes critiques from a campaign-finance perspective
Benton Foundation: The Reporters' Reference Center on Campaign Finance Reform.
Destination Democracy: Benton's in-depth look at all facets of democracy, with emphasis on campaign financing
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law -- Brennan Center's democracy program supports campaign finance reform through scholarship, public education, and legal action, including litigation and legislative counseling at the federal, state, and local levels
Brookings Institution:
Special section on campaign financing
Campaign Finance Reform: A Sourcebook
Campaign Finance Information Center (a division of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting)
Campaign Finance Institute
Campaign for America
Campaign for America's Future
The Cato Institute
The Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS) at American University - CCPS provides an integrated teaching, research, and study program focusing on Congress and the presidency and the interactions of these two basic American institutions. Established in 1979, the Center provides a scholarly organization uniquely able to draw on its Washington, DC location in the very heart of the events shaping Congress and the presidency.
The Center for Governmental Studies
Center for Public Integrity:
Excellent in-depth research on a variety of money-in-politics-related subjects. Check out their "Public I" section.
Center for Responsive Politics:
In Public Campaign's admittedly biased opinion, the best source for campaign finance data
Citizens Against Government Waste
COGEL (Council on Government Ethics Law)
Columbia University Library / U. S. Government Documents, Campaigns and Elections
The Committee for the Study of the American Electorate
Common Cause: Reports, actions alerts, petition drives
Special campaign finance resources
Environmental Working Group:
Money in politics' adverse effect on environmental legislation
Fannie Lou Hamer Project: Exciting new national group focusing on redefining campaign finance as a civil rights issue
Green Democrats -- a website presenting arguments for creating a peace, environmental, and social justice wing within the Democratic Party of the United States.
Hearts and Minds links to campaign finance reform groups
League of Women Voters An Electronic Policy Network
National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides
The National Voting Rights Institute:
Legal arguments for changing the current campaign finance system
Open Debates -- Open Debates works to ensure that the presidential debates serve the American people first. The are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to reforming the presidential debate process.
Pesticide Education Center
Project Vote Smart: Campaign finance links and information on the issue
Public Citizen: A wealth of research and analysis
U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG)
PIRG Democracy Program including Congressional Scorecards
State PIRGs
University of Michigan Documents Center Federal Government Resources on the Web
Washington Toxics Coalition
Prof. Clyde Wilcox, author of a book on campaign donors

Student Groups on the Web

Campus Greens: Campus Greens is a national student-based, non-profit organization dedicated to building a broad-based movement for radical democracy on America's high school and college campuses. For more information send an email to

Democracy Matters - Young people are showing up more and more in the ranks of campaign finance activism, another sign of new strength. Democracy Matters offers paid internships to qualified college students who want to help fight for comprehensive campaign finance reform by becoming campus coordinators. To download an application and to learn more about the group go to

Students for Campaign Finance Reform (SCFR) - SCFR is taking the lead in mobilizing the Connecticut student community for real campaign finance reform. Contact David Carhart at xxx for more information.

Alia Vibe: Auch, no. I haven't even gotten to checking out the "Personal Democracy" website yet. I posted about Technorati and because I can do searches to see what Technorati thinks it's going to inject itself into. There are attempts to appear "neutral" on the subject: as in including both sides, all sides, blah blah. But, I've done more digging than is shown here. It most certainly "ain't" a neutral goal or purpose, IME.

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