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    Join Tumblr Now to Protect the Net

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    Today, Congress is holding hearings on two bills that could establish the first institutionalized censorship of the Internet. The Protect-IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) are meant to fight foreign websites dedicated to copyright infringement or counterfeiting.  But in practice, they give corporations broad powers to shut down web content sites that…

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    Huffington Post Calls Mobile Donations “The Holy Grail” of Politics

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    As the 2012 election campaign heats up, candidates and political strategists are being confronted by a timeless question – where will the money come from? According to one recent article in the Huffington Post, more and more campaigns are answering that question with “mobile.” The article writes, Developing easy ways for people to donate to…

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    O’Reilly Radar features Mobile Commons’ Partnership with WNYC

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    “New York has become the epicenter for many experiments in governance,” writes Alex Howard in the O’Reilly Radar. “From citizensourcing smarter government to participatory budgeting to embracing a broader future as a data platform.” The O’Reilly article discusses the way in which New York is opening up its wealth of data to outside developers – and…

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    Capital Area Foreclosure Network Launches Mortgage Counseling by Text

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    With the mortgage crisis continuing to affect thousands of families across America, banks and nonprofits alike are looking for effective ways to help people stay out of foreclosure. Plenty of foreclosure counseling services are available – but are they reaching the right people, and are they reaching them on time? A new service from the…

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    5 Tips to Launch Your Mobile Campaign

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    Michael Sabat is the VP of Account Management and Business Development here at Mobile Commons. In this post, he discusses 5 practical steps that non-profits can use to launch their own mobile campaigns. This post was originally published on Connection Cafe, a blog written by Convio employees about the ways in which nonprofits, everyday citizens and…

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    Non-profits: Get Major Discounts on a Dedicated Short Code – Right Now!

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    It just got a lot less expensive for non-profits to get their own dedicated short codes – the 5 or 6 digit phone numbers that are the hub of your mobile campaign. The CTIA – the wireless group that oversees carrier policies – has just announced that they’re cutting their rates to $200 a month…

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    San Francisco Public Radio Maps Listeners’ Earthquake Readiness

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    It’s been many years since an earthquake of devastating proportions hit the Bay Area, but that doesn’t stop people thinking about what to do if (when?) another one strikes. Public radio station KALW is using Mobile Commons technology to find out more about how prepared its listeners are. They’re asking listeners to text in what’s…

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    Where to Vote, Via Text Message

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    You now officially have no excuse for not voting on Tuesday. Mobile Commons has created the Mobile Polling Place Locator, an SMS service that tells you where your polling station is. Just text “where” to 30644. (You can also text “donde” to get your answer in Spanish.) The system, which is free, will reply, asking…

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    UNICEF honors George Harrison with a Month of Giving

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    Forty years ago, George Harrison responded to a desperate situation in Bangladesh with a charitable concert featuring Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar, and more. It was the first concert of its kind, and set the stage for Live Aid, We Are the World, Comic Relief, and many other benefits that have changed lives around…

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    Track Your Advocacy Phone Calls – Straight From Convio

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    As the old cliché goes, “You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.” That’s especially true for non-profit groups and advocacy campaigns. Being able to know what your members have done in the past can be invaluable when you’re trying to engage them in the future.  Non-profit groups live and die…

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