The NGP VAN group has been working to modernize the way political election campaigns are operated for a number of years and found a willing champion in the form of President Barrack Obama. NGP VAN has now developed a series of apps and software options designed to allow a Democratic campaign access to the best options for tracking canvassers as they move around a neighborhood and tracking those who are being targeted for fundraising opportunities.
In 2008, President Barrack Obama was making his way through his first Presidential campaign when his team noticed things had changed little in terms of the technology in use for campaigning compared to the 1930s and 1950s. Campaigning was done largely through TV ads and radio options while fundraising was completed in a slapdash fashion by most campaign specialists. NGP VAN had been looking to change the campaigns of the 21st-century were operated and worked closely with the campaign team of then-Senator Barrack Obama who was looking for ways of changing the campaign finance technology.
Democrats have been looking for different ways of bringing technology into campaigns and made their first major moves into technology in 2004 before the arrival of President Obama in 2008. By 2012, the Obama campaign had worked with NGP VAN to develop an app called Pollwatcher which has become the standard for many over the Republican-developed ORCA technology.
Among the many reasons for the success of NGP VAN has been the constant changes and developments being completed and the different forms of technology available to campaigns of all forms. NGP VAN has developed lite versions of its apps which are perfect for developing low-level campaigns across the board for Democrat candidates from the district and state campaigns to national elections. One of the major areas of development is the ability to add information to a Cloud-based database which allows individual voters to be tracked for their campaign donations and voting options.
The cause of human rights for all has been one that has taken its toll on many of the most prominent activists in the world, but Thor Halvorssen has maintained his abilities as one of the most respected human rights experts without abandoning his principles. Halvorssen has made much of his independence, which continues to this day as he fights to keep the Human Rights Foundation he founded in 2005 as important to all as possible.
Halvorssen has developed his own unique style that has included his decision to accept donations from any individuals and groups on the understanding the do not have any bearing on the political stance of the organization. The individual path trod by the Venezuelan film producer includes the decision taken by himself and the board of the Human Rights Foundation to highlight the human rights abuses of left leaning governments; Thor Halvorssen believes many other human rights activists are selling themselves short by refusing to criticize governments they feel have similar political views to their own.
Over the course of his life Thor Halvorssen has embarked upon many political campaigns, including his campaigns to raise awareness over the issues of slavery and a loss of democratic rights; Halvorssen has used his knowledge of a variety of human rights areas to complete talks at the Harvard Law School, the United Nations, and in the British Parliament.
Alongside his developing his usual skills as a political activist Thor Halvorssen has also decided to embark upon a campaign designed to bring more awareness to young people around the world. Halvorssen has looked to write a series of open letters to popular culture stars, such as Nicki Minaj, when they embark upon tours and performances of regions known to be under the rule of dictatorships creating closed societies.
The North Korean government has gone out of its way to discredit human rights activist and South Korean defector Yeonmi Park.
A few days ago, Kim Jung Un’s Korean State Media, NK News released a video with some of Park’s relatives refuting her book In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey To Freedom and the mistreatment of citizens in their country.
Of the many things outlined in her newly-released book, Park says her father died in China while seeking treatment for cancer. In the video, several people dispute those claims. Park was defiant in her response. “Nearly a dozen people know what happened to my father. He was treated in China and died there,” according to Park.
Park said on the News.AU interview that she isn’t surprised by the video. Kim Jung Un, the son of former President Kim Jung Il, has gone out of his way to paint her as a liar and her book as fantasy, according to Park.
Park’s book outlines her family and many others were at the mercy of Kim Jung Il and his brutal dictatorship. She says she has seen many people arrested, shot and worse for rather minor transgressions. Even her father was arrested and sentenced on charges of smuggling.
Although Park, her mother and sister ultimately escaped, it was not without a price. The death of her father, the uncertainty about her sister’s whereabouts, sexual assault and other indignities at the hand of Chinese human traffickers.
“We were very lucky to have escaped the ordeal,” says Yeonmi Park. “A number of people who have attempted to leave are never heard from again.”
Park says she feels very bad for an uncle and aunt who were used in the video. “They had no choice but to say those things. I am not angry at them because the alternative was imprisonment or death.”
Read more at https://reason.com/blog/2015/11/15/yeonmi-parks-north-korean-defector-story.