I've launched Cause Caller, which is a VoIP application based on a SMW.
Please read on for more information.
I'm really excited to announce that I've completed my master's thesis at
ITP <http://itp.nyu.edu>. It's called Cause
Caller<http://www.causecaller.com>and it is a virtual phone bank web
app powered by a Semantic
Media Wiki <http://www.causecaller.com/wiki/>. If that sounds like total
greek (or geek) to you, then you should watch the little video on the front
page as it explains Cause Caller's basic functionality, or just click
There is another video about how to create a cause, as well as plenty more
documentation on the wiki <http://www.causecaller.com/wiki/>.
I came up with the idea of automating call queues for phone banks while
trying to organize one for myself, it was a total hassle to find everyone's
phone number on a particular committee, so I built
CommitteeCaller<http://www.committeecaller.com>last semester. Over
the last couple of months I've worked with several
local causes to develop the idea into a generalized activist tool that is my
thesis -- Cause Caller <http://www.causecaller.com>. The result is a fully
extendable, platform that drives a "live" VoIP application that hopefully
takes a lot of the hassle out of phone banking.
Right now Cause Caller is a bit of a blank slate -- while I have almost all
of America's federal politicians (Congressional representatives, Senators,
etc.) in the database, I am really interested in building state level
politicians into it. Causes also need to be added as right now there are
only two: the demo
I Heart PV Cause<http://www.causecaller.com/causes.php?c=SolarOne%27s_I_Heart_PV>.
This is where you can help -- if you are or you know any activists looking
to organize phone banks, please forward this to them! I'm going to be
presenting this project for my thesis at ITP on Friday, May 9th at
so I'll be incorporating feedback I receive over the next week into the
"results" section of my presentation. Obviously, it'd be wonderful if you
could make it, but I'll also be showing it at ITP's Spring
Show<http://itp.nyu.edu/shows/spring2008/>the following week on Monday
and Tuesday evening.
Please check out the app, kick the tires, tell me what works, what doesn't
work, and let me know if you have any ideas!