Guide to E-Advocacy's guide to e-Advocacy, Click Here for Change: Your Guide to the E-Advocacy Revolution is an excellent primer to e-Advocacy for newcomers to the field, as well as helpful reference guide to more experienced campaigners. The guide gives a brief overview of the history of online organizing, outlines the technological tools and strategies for campaigning both online and offline, and provides case studies as a point of reference.  

The guide is written from a US perspective for organizing in a US political context, but the strategies and case studies contained within can be applied to e-Advocacy in an international context too. is trying to do this very thing, by taking the successful strategies of groups like in the US domestic political arena and applying it in an international context.

Click here to download the PDF version of the PolicyLink guide to E-Advocacy

Five steps to building relationships with bloggers

Check out this blog post from Getting Attention about how non-profits can build relationships with bloggers and increase their presence in the blogosphere:


Helvetica vs. Arial


From Helvetica vs. Arial

Helvetica was developed by the Haas Foundry of Switzerland in the 1950s. Microsoft distributed a typeface called Arial, a very similar typeface, that comes bundled with every desktop computer

Thus Arial has now overtaken Helvetica as the standard font in practically everything done by those who don't know better.

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From The Scourge of Arial:

Arial is everywhere. If you don't know what it is, you don't use a modern personal computer. Arial is a font that is familiar to anyone who uses Microsoft products, whether on a PC or a Mac. It has spread like a virus through the typographic landscape and illustrates the pervasiveness of Microsoft's influence in the world.

Arial's ubiquity is not due to its beauty. It's actually rather homely. Not that homeliness is necessarily a bad thing for a typeface. With typefaces, character and history are just as important. Arial, however, has a rather dubious history and not much character. In fact, Arial is little more than a shameless impostor.

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Taiwan president’s Twilight Zone experience

The Chinese government goes too far, again. 

From Tom Plate's Op-Ed in the Khaleej Times:

A China Airline jet, leaving Taipei with President Chen Shui-bian and aides, lands for a refueling stop in San Francisco. It is bound for Managua to allow the president’s party to attend the inauguration of the president of Nicaragua — one of only 24 countries that recognise the prosperous island of Taiwan as a stand-alone government and nation.

Because of the extreme tension between Taiwan and China over the island’s true political status, the angry Chinese government in Beijing expressed disapproval at the granting of a stopover visa by the US to Chen in San Francisco (on the way to Nicaragua) and Los Angeles (returning to Taipei). Beijing went all the way to the White House to try to stop the Chen party’s jet from landing on the West Coast — and to Mexico City to deny the Taiwan plane over-flight rights to Mexican airspace.

Basically, if Beijing could have its way, Chen would be grounded, just like any misbehaving teenager. China regards Taiwan as nothing more than a viperous rogue state and breakaway province that needs to be reintegrated with the mainland — whether its 23 million people like it or not.

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