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The #bigppcquiz enables voters to match to candidates directly online for the first time

A5 candidate match

So far 300 pioneering General Election 2015 candidates from all parties, and several independents, have done the #bigppcquiz which in turn enables voters to match directly to candidates.

If you are a candidate, you just need to get your unique quiz link directly from us at PositionDial to take part. Please email mariam@positiondial.com for details.

We are directly inviting all PPCs (Prospective Parliamentary Candidates) via email and Twitter with thanks to the contact details provided on yournextmp.com but there are some we do not have, so please get in touch if you haven’t got your quiz link yet.

As a voter, you can see your candidate matches on your Election 2015 results page. And filter to your constituency to see how you match to candidates you can actually vote for:

ElectionPPCMatch

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PositionDial is anonymous

PositionDial is anonymous – if you want it to be.

Last night I attended an excellent event hosted by Involve at the University of Westminster – entitled ‘Technology and Democratic Participation – friend or foe.’

A point well made by Catherine Howe was on paying attention to the architectural layer, not just the application layer. And the ‘why.’ Including the choices we make about identity as we build opportunities to participate online.

I have spoken and written on the importance of anonymity and flexible identities online many times, and this is very much built into PositionDial‘s architecture.

PositionDial helps you work out where you stand, see who matches you, and explore the issues you care about. We have several levels of identity on site:

  • Anonymous – you can use PositionDial, and get your PositionDial, without registering with us or logging in. We use cookies to remember you and help you build your dial as you browse from page to page. But we don’t store your IP address. So there’s no way of us storing your activity or your PositionDial with your location or identity once you close your browser window.
  • Pseudonymous – You can register with any username you like / or Twitter – we don’t force you to use your full, real name
  • Full name – but if you don’t mind, we’d love you to know your real name. We’ll only use it for keeping in touch and making  PositionDial better for you.

Transparency is the only way

There’s a lot of valid, and invalid concern about data sharing and privacy on social media and discovery sites. Transparency is of course the best and the only way to handle this.

For our part, PositionDial offers agencies, charities, businesses and others analytics and insight into where their target customers, stakeholders and partners stand on important issues (we strongly believe this is win:win, if ‘they’ know better, they can do better for all of us). These analytics are based on aggregated, anonymised social PositionDials (from social media data, which is already public), and aggregated action PositionDials (from data about MP voting and companies etc. which is already public).

In other words, we would never, and have no reason to, share any personally identifiable data about you.

Furthermore, as stipulated in our privacy policy, we would, as Twitter and others have done before, closely interrogate and strenuously resist outside requests to access your data.

You also have the right to be forgotten (by us). That is, seriously, even if you’ve signed up and got your PositionDial and it’s all saved nice and neatly in our system. If you want out, we’ll delete you. Simples.

Image credit: Triple Pundit

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A new axis: anti-objectification vs sex-positive feminism

Gender

Are there different sides to feminism and gender issues?

Absolutely.

Today we launch a new position axis: ‘anti-objectification vs sex-positive.’ This caters for the pro-sex feminist (and non-feminist) perspective as well as it’s opposite.

Our technology and team are continually incorporating all the different ways of looking at the world – from the river of opinion coming in and feedback from you, our users.

We needed a way to incorporate the difference between feminists from GlossWitch to Paris Lees to Holly Baxter who have different beliefs on what represents progress in terms of sex, sexuality and representation for all genders.

We will continue to use the conservative / progressive axis to cover questions of gender roles evolving / staying the same – as appropriate.

But on matters of sexual liberalism, from porn to prostitution to media representation, we are to use this new divide – between sex-positive feminism, and anti-objectification – to ensure both sides of the coin are clearly laid out to see, explore and react to.

As ever, if you have comments on this axis choice, or suggestions on authors, commentators and politicians whose content we should be aggregating and featuring for gender or any other issues, please let us know via email info [@] PositionDial.com / Twitter @PositionDial or in the comments below.

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