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Dunbar's number

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Dunbar's number is suggested to be a theoretical cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. These are relationships in which an individual knows who each person is, and how each person relates to every other person.[1] Proponents assert that numbers larger than this generally require more restrictive rules, laws, and enforced norms to maintain a stable, cohesive group. No precise value has been proposed for Dunbar's number. It has been proposed to lie between 100 and 230, with a commonly used value of 150.[2] Dunbar's number states the number of people one knows and keeps social contact with, and it does not include the number of people known personally with a ceased social relationship, nor people just generally known with a lack of persistent social relationship, a number which might be much higher and likely depends on long-term memory size.
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Here is What Happens Online in 60 Seconds ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here is What Happens Online in 60 Seconds ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Democracy and Technology | Scoop.it

Today's post is not about multitasking though I would love to write about it in a future post. The purpose of this present article is to share with you this awesome graphic which chronicles what happens online in 60 seconds.


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Stephanie Katcher's curator insight, July 26, 2013 6:15 PM

As our life becomes intertwined with our virtual existence we may neglect to realize what happens in sixty seconds is cumulatively astronomical, but intimately pointless. Participation in the information age is vital but the "endless" internet erases the participants ability to rely of clear boundaries and structure. It becomes more and more important that individuals understand their purpose, and their intentions so that they can leverage the digital world to their advantage not their demise. 

#lifehack #infinite #opportunity #distraction 

Ali Anani's curator insight, July 27, 2013 12:17 AM

Are we living with our bodies on ground and minds up in the cyberspace?

Mindy M Walker's curator insight, July 27, 2013 11:49 AM

What happens online in 60 seconds...it can be overwhelming if you think too much about it...

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Estonia opens up its e-voting system in push for transparency, security - GigaOM

Estonia opens up its e-voting system in push for transparency, security - GigaOM | Democracy and Technology | Scoop.it
Estonia opens up its e-voting system in push for transparency, security
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At the last Parliamentary Election in 2011, one in four people chose to cast their ballot via e-vote.
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16 Principles of Persuading People for Grassroots Campaigns

16 Principles of Persuading People for Grassroots Campaigns | Democracy and Technology | Scoop.it
16 tips to persuade your members for grassroots lobbying around pending legislation.
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Democrazia partecipata: piattaforme verso la maturità

Democrazia partecipata: piattaforme verso la maturità | Democracy and Technology | Scoop.it
Dopo le sperimentazioni a livello nazionale e territoriale è venuto il momento di mettere “a sistema” i processi di partecipazione attiva, definendoli...
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Find, Share and Measure Your Favorite Content on Social Media with Swayy

Find, Share and Measure Your Favorite Content on Social Media with Swayy | Democracy and Technology | Scoop.it
Swayy gives you the content that engages your audience

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Forgot?Want to try Swayy out without having to wait? Go to this secret URL and enter the promotion code thenextweb . The first 300 people to use the code will get access.
Drew Carter's comment, April 4, 2013 7:51 PM
Coming soon to a link near you. I see Swayy as a tool that will help guide me in how to deliver content. I need all the tools I can get to help me navigate and select the things most relevant to my professional needs.
gigicogo's curator insight, April 16, 2013 9:27 AM

I'am using and enjoy it

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Can The Internet Save Democracy? - Independent Voter Network (blog)

Can The Internet Save Democracy? - Independent Voter Network (blog) | Democracy and Technology | Scoop.it
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Can The Internet Save Democracy?
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uidu, il network socialmente utile

uidu, il network socialmente utile | Democracy and Technology | Scoop.it
Quali vantaggi porta uidu alle aziende, volontari, e cittadini che ne fanno parte?

uidu risponde al bisogno di visibilità delle organizzazioni e favorisce la partecipazione attiva dei cittadini alla vita della comunità e del territorio, ognuno per le proprie capacità, i propri interessi e la propria disponibilità. La capacità di uidu di diffondere iniziative e opportunità di volontariato in base agli interessi e all’area geografica dell’utente rende più efficace la comunicazione e promuove un sistema di welfare comunitario. Registrandosi gratuitamente a uidu, l’organizzazione promuove iniziative, e incrementa la rete di contatti, ma può anche gestire in modo integrato gli account degli altri social network e sponsorizzare la propria raccolta fondi per il 5×1000. Il cittadino, invece, una volta scelta l’area geografica di impegno sociale, viene aggiornato riguardo le iniziative e le opportunità di volontariato a “km zero”, può effettuare donazioni e condividere le proprie esperienze.

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A grassroots campaign in Venezuela - Campaigns & Elections

A grassroots campaign in Venezuela - Campaigns & Elections | Democracy and Technology | Scoop.it
ABC NewsA grassroots campaign in VenezuelaCampaigns & ElectionsWhile it wasn't as close as many had predicted (or as millions of others had hoped), there is a silver lining for the opposition: the race proved that real grassroots-style campaigning...
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Are Egypt and Libya Ready for Democracy? | iPolitics

Are Egypt and Libya Ready for Democracy? | iPolitics | Democracy and Technology | Scoop.it
iPolitics is serious about the business of government. In-depth, Informative, Insightful, Influential.
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The Future of Democracy

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What is the best democratic system for the 21st century? For a world where communication is instantaneous, travel is fast, and search is efficient?
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The Future of Democracy

The Future of Democracy | Democracy and Technology | Scoop.it
What is the best democratic system for the 21st century? For a world where communication is instantaneous, travel is fast, and search is efficient?
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#matteorisponde

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Democratic candidate Matteo Renzi uses Google Hangout to interact live with electors 

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Manifesto del Partito Europeo dei Pirati

Manifesto del Partito Europeo dei Pirati | Democracy and Technology | Scoop.it

...Noi, i Pirati Europei, vogliamo che la società accolga e si adatti alla rivoluzione digitale:
Identifichiamo la rivoluzione digitale come un momento di rinnovamento totale delle società umane; riconosciamo perciò come uno dei nostri obiettivi primari la difesa di Internet come bene comune e di pubblica utilità...

 


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5 Online Tools For Activists, By Activists

5 Online Tools For Activists, By Activists | Democracy and Technology | Scoop.it

Why are social networks powerful tools for causes and campaigns? Many times, people begin to engage in activism only after they’ve been attracted by the fun stuff in a campaign — connecting with old friends and sharing photos, for example. When they witness others participating, they’ll be more likely to join the cause. With socializing as the primary draw, it’s become easier for organizers to attract more and more unlikely activists through social media.

 

But once a campaign reaches its critical mass, activists might think about moving to other platforms made with their needs — especially digital security — in mind. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter will remain standard fare for online activism. But the time is right for niche-oriented startups to create tools that can supplement these platforms. Here are a few worth investigating....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 12, 2013 4:04 PM

There's some interesting points made about activism for public affairs and PR pros. These five sites are also worth monitoring to keep the pulse of what's going on in activism.

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America against democracy

America against democracy | Democracy and Technology | Scoop.it
REVELATIONS in the wake of Edward Snowden's civil disobedience continue to roll in. The New York Times reports that the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court, also...
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Facebook, Twitter Hugely Important in SEO Ranking, Reveals Study [INFOGRAPHIC]

Facebook, Twitter Hugely Important in SEO Ranking, Reveals Study [INFOGRAPHIC] | Democracy and Technology | Scoop.it
Facebook, Twitter Hugely Important In SEO Ranking, Reveals Study [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Stefano Principato's curator insight, July 5, 2013 4:38 AM

10 most important factors in SEO ranking now come from social media

Dreamtek's curator insight, July 5, 2013 6:25 AM

Interesting infographic - social engagement is important for SEO 

dan's curator insight, July 6, 2013 2:15 PM

Check this out...

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Geeks are the New Guardians of Our Civil Liberties | MIT Technology Review

Geeks are the New Guardians of Our Civil Liberties | MIT Technology Review | Democracy and Technology | Scoop.it
Recent events have highlighted the fact that hackers, coders, and geeks are behind a vibrant political culture.

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Clearly geeks and hackers are behind distinct modalities of political organizing, willing to deploy a diverse array of tactics. Demand Progress, along with the prominence of the Pirate Party in Western Europe, demonstrates the willingness of geeks and hackers to work within existing institutional channels. And all signs point to this type of traditional political activity becoming more common. But it will likely exist alongside the loosely organized acts of disobedience, defiance, and protests that have also become more frequent and visible in the last few years, in large part thanks to Anonymous. [...]

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Rosa Parks, Champion for Human Rights

Rosa Parks, Champion for Human Rights | Democracy and Technology | Scoop.it
The new Rosa Parks stamp. Photo by Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com

Rosa Parks, whom the U.S.
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U.S. Supreme Court to decide the fate of affirmative action - Examiner.com

U.S. Supreme Court to decide the fate of affirmative action - Examiner.com | Democracy and Technology | Scoop.it
Examiner.comU.S. Supreme Court to decide the fate of affirmative actionExaminer.comJackie Chazan, Denver Grassroots Politics Examiner. Jackie Chazan is a former news producer and editor.
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Democracy is messy — especially in Libya — War in Context

Democracy is messy — especially in Libya — War in Context | Democracy and Technology | Scoop.it
Jason Pack and Haley Cook write: Libya's experiment in democracy has taken another unexpected turn. On the surface, the elections to the General National Congress (GNC) last July produced a surprising victory for the ...
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Openness Shifts Politics in Germany - New York Times

Openness Shifts Politics in Germany - New York Times | Democracy and Technology | Scoop.it
Openness Shifts Politics in GermanyNew York Times“That's where the Pirates came in to fill the vacuum,” said Stephan Klecha, political scientist at the Göttingen Institute for Democratic Research at Georg-August University.
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OWS Marks May Day With a Beatific Vision and a Big March

OWS Marks May Day With a Beatific Vision and a Big March | Democracy and Technology | Scoop.it
What will be the lasting impacts of Occupy's latest major action?
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Proponents of constitutional amendment kick off grassroots effort - North Carolina News Network

Proponents of constitutional amendment kick off grassroots effortNorth Carolina News Network(RALEIGH) -- Supporters of a constitutional question on May's ballot in North Carolina say the amendment is needed to protect traditional marriage from...
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