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[liberationtech] Moderation Guidelines

Yosem Companys companys at
Sun Feb 27 13:09:09 PST 2011

PS  A full description of relevant Liberationtech topics can be found here and for
convenience included below:

About the Program on Liberation Technology

The Program on Liberation Technology seeks to understand how information
technology can be used to defend human rights, improve governance, empower
the poor, promote economic development, and pursue a variety of other social

The last few years have seen explosive growth in the use of information
technology to defend human rights, improve governance, fight corruption,
deter electoral fraud, expose government wrongdoing, empower the poor,
promote economic development, protect the environment, educate consumers,
improve public health, and pursue a variety of other social goods.  Lying at
the intersection of social science, computer science, and engineering, the
Program on Liberation Technology seeks to understand how (and to what
extent) various information technologies and their applications -including
mobile phones, text messaging (SMS), the Internet, blogging, GPS, and other
forms of digital technology - are enabling citizens to advance freedom,
development, social justice, and the rule of law.  It will examine
technical, legal, political, and social obstacles to the wider and more
effective use of these technologies, and how these obstacles can be
overcome. And it will try to evaluate (through experiment and other
empirical methods) which technologies and applications are having greatest
success, how those successes can be replicated, and how less successful
technologies and applications can be improved to deliver real economic,
social, and political benefit.

On Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 12:56 PM, Yosem Companys <companys at>wrote:

> Dear All,
> We've recently instituted moderation guidelines for the Liberationtech list
> to help improve your experience in the community.  Please heed the following
> guidelines:
> 1. Liberationtech is YOUR list.  Use it to ask advice on strategic or
> technical questions, offer advice on questions raised, share interesting
> resources or articles, or post jobs, internships, grant announcements, CFPs,
> or RFPs.  Any member of the group can post to the list.  So if you have
> anything interesting to share, a question you are puzzling over, or
> something you learned in your work, please feel free to draw on the
> community!
> 2. Liberationtech is NOT a list for selling, marketing, or advertising
> products (or services), so please refrain from doing so.  Product questions
> and reviews are fine.  Hard sells are not.
> 3. Please keep discussions constructive and civil.  All topics, in so far
> as they relate to Liberationtech as defined above, are fine.  Be aware,
> however, that there are people from many different countries and cultures on
> this list, so please be considerate of these cultural and national
> differences when you contribute.  We have a zero-tolerance policy for anyone
> who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages to our community.
> 4. And a few obvious things: Remember to use a good subject line when you
> post; keep "me too" messages to a minimum; if you read this list via a
> digest, delete extraneous messages when responding and explain (or avoid)
> technical terms or industry-specific jargon so that everyone can understand
> what you mean.
> Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
> Best,
> Yosem Companys (NOT a company, just a last name)
> One of your Liberationtech moderators
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