This week, the Genocide Intervention Network was honored to be nominated by the NetSquared community as a 2008 Featured Project
for our proposal to upgrade and extend the DarfurScores.org website
The Genocide Intervention Network seeks to create a new website, modeled on our successful Darfur congressional scorecard, DarfurScores.org
, tentatively named GenocideScores.org.
Our current plan for the site -- which could change as we explore different options and hear feedback from our members -- has four main components:
1. Collecting together anti-genocide data
, not only on Darfur but on each of our areas of concern
. Instead of being limited to only legislative records, each state would list its status on other anti-genocide initiatives like Sudan divestment
and genocide education
2. Provide clear illustrations of legislative status.
Instead of just hearing about a bill when a member of Congress does (or doesn't) vote for it, we'll be tracking bills as they move through each chamber.
3. Cross-index a bill's status with a member's location.
When the latest bill on genocide prevention is up for a vote, anti-genocide activists whose members of Congress represent key votes on the legislation will be able to receive automatic alerts.
4. Provide embeddable badges or widgets for activists to place on their profiles, blogs or websites.
At a glance, both you and visitors to your website, blog or social networking profile will be able to see how your state and legislators are doing on the question of genocide. And when urgent action is needed, these badges will be automatically updated with a special link to take action.
The process for our project, however, isn't over
. Now that we've been nominated as a featured project, we'll be able to attend the 2008 NetSquared Conference and present our project for a chance to win a portion of a $100,000 prize.Before that time, however, we need your feedback. If you have a chance, read through our proposal for DarfurScores.org and leave a comment
-- tell us what you like, what you think could be changed, what we're overlooking. Remember that this is all about our core mission: empowering individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide.
We hope this project will result in a valuable new tool, and we'd love to have your input!