Cybercitizen: How to Use Your Computer to Fight for ALL the Issues You Care About

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The Internet's ability to break down barriers, connect people, and amass information is unparalleled and unprecedented. Perhaps the Internet's most important promise lies in its ability to re-connect American citizens with their government. Using the World Wide Web, anyone can now research issues, track legislation, and lobby the halls of Congress. It is easier than ever before to reach out to others who share your views and create a unified voice that legislators cannot ignore....

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Overview

The Internet's ability to break down barriers, connect people, and amass information is unparalleled and unprecedented. Perhaps the Internet's most important promise lies in its ability to re-connect American citizens with their government. Using the World Wide Web, anyone can now research issues, track legislation, and lobby the halls of Congress. It is easier than ever before to reach out to others who share your views and create a unified voice that legislators cannot ignore.

Cybercitizen is a practical, nonpartisan guide that cuts through the glut of useless information on the Internet and connects you with the people, the organizations, and the information that power America's government. Get online and become a force for change!

Cybercitizen includes:

* Insightful explanations of the new and powerful ways that online Americans can influence their lawmakers.

* Comprehensive listings of the best political, government, and news sites on the World Wide Web.

* How to find the funding, the voting records, and the issue positions of your local candidates before you vote.

* A sourcebook of the issues you care about and where to find them on the Internet.

* Strategy tips from professionals who know how elected officials think, work, and react.

* Information on how to use the Internet to identify, research, and counteract your political opponents.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312263058
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/2/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Kush is President of Soapbox, LLC, a Washington, DC-based grassroots consulting firm which trains individuals and associations to effectively lobby their elected officials, both online and off.

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Contents

Acknowledgments ix Prologue: American Democracy-the Relaunch 1 1. Preambles and Declarations 10 2. Campaigns and Elections 20 3. The White House and Administration 57 4. Congress 74 5. The Supreme Court of the United States 102 6. The News Media 110 7. State and Local Government 130 8. Issues, Associations, Groups, and Coalitions 168 9. Your Own Private Idaho 237 10. Appendix: Internet Basics 250 11. Glossary 256 12. Index 263

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