Micro$oft Monitor

Published by NetAction Issue No. 26 March 25, 1998
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The Virtual Activist Online
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The Virtual Activist Online

NetAction is pleased to announce that "The Virtual Activist," our comprehensive training course on cyber-activism, is now on the web and available globally to assist activists who want to use technology effectively for grassroots organizing, outreach, and advocacy. The activism tools described in the training course may be of interest to Micro$oft Monitor subscribers and others who want to be more active in the campaign to prevent a Microsoft monopoly of the Internet.

The complete course can be found at: http://www.netaction.org/training.

This online training course is based on the curriculum developed for a half-day workshop on cyber-activism, which was co-taught last year in San Francisco, CA, by Audrie Krause and Michael Stein. We had numerous inquiries about the class from activists outside the Bay Area, and several of the people who contacted us suggested that we put the training course on the web site. Earlier this year, Judi Clark agreed to help create a web site based on the curriculum.

The training course was developed for activists who are already familiar with traditional forms of organizing, outreach, and advocacy. Since our focus is on explaining how technology can supplement traditional forms of activism, the information may be less useful to Micro$oft Monitor readers who are more familiar with technology than with grassroots activism. We are very interested in feedback from readers with expertise in technology so that we can expand the site to include what you would like to know about grassroots activism.

It's also worth noting that, in contrast to the trend toward high-end graphics and complex technology that has characterized the commercial evolution of the Internet, NetAction's training course promotes a more text-oriented approach. That's because the more complex the technology, the more limited the access. As activists, our goal is to get information to people, and to do that, we recommend keeping it simple.

Internet technology is changing rapidly and activists are constantly experimenting with the technology. Given the pace of change, it won't be long before the information on the site is out-of-date. We plan to update the site regularly to keep up with these changes.

To that end, readers who visit the site are encouraged to offer feedback about new technology tools that can be adapted for activism. Please send any comments, questions, or suggestions to .

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OMB Watch has a new -- free -- service on its web site that will permit anyone to send a letter via email or fax to members of Congress. If OMB Watch is sponsoring a letter campaign, Internet users can send it "as is" or with their own comments included. It is also possible to write and send your own letter by email or fax. Individuals are encouraged to use the site, but OMB Watch asks that activists planning mass(ive) letter campaigns NOT use this site as it will tie up their resources (system and otherwise).

Information is also available on the page to identify the Congressional representatives from your state and district.

The URL is http://test.capweb.net/omb/ (NOTE: This URL is no longer valid as of 05/23/2001.)

About The Micro$oft Monitor

The Micro$oft Monitor is a free electronic newsletter, published as part of the Consumer Choice Campaign http://www.netaction.org/msoft/ccc.html. NetAction is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public, policy makers, and the media about technology-based social and political issues, and to teaching activists how to use the Internet for organizing, outreach, and advocacy.

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NetAction is supported by individual contributions, membership dues and grants. For more information about contributing to NetAction, contact Audrie Krause by phone at (415) 775-8674, by E-mail at , visit the NetAction Web site at: http://www.netaction.org, or write to:

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