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links for 2010-05-07

  • Demand to Understand: The Center for Plain Language is promoting a "Demand to Understand" campaign to advocate for clear communications from government and business. Through the DemandtoUnderstand.org Web site, a series of public service announcements and a petition drive, the Center hopes to put an end to confusing credit card forms, utility bills and government documents.

    The clarity of information published by governments is a critical yet often overlooked part of the "Gov 2.0" movement. If you need a lawyer on retainer to decipher the legislation and regulations that are being shared with the public, the mere action of making this information "transparent" doesn't do much.

  • Social media tools are particularly useful for nonprofits looking to create easy access and sharing among peers and local networks. This roundup is intended to showcase tools and apps that can help spread awareness at the local level, including volunteer opportunities (ultimately, all volunteering is local), civic engagement and collaborating with neighborhood tweeps.
  • Google’s strategy of empowering site developers and owners with free and valuable tools has proven to be effective in garnering a fair bit of geek love for the company. But this affinity to Google by technology enthusiasts is not without warrant—they really do make excellent products that can be instrumental in building, maintaining, and improving websites. What’s more, they’re all usually free.

    Check out some of the best Google products for developing, analyzing, maintaining and tinkering with websites.

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