Mine what young people know and love

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The appropriation of popular culture iconography

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A project of the Harry Potter Alliance that taps our enthusiasm for popular culture and applies our fandom energy toward social change. By appropriating storylines, characters, and iconography from popular narratives, fans “turn the fictions they love into the world they imagine.”

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http://thehpalliance.org/imagine-better/

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Campaigns connect cultural interests to contemporary political outputs

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Through fandom, community-building, and campaigns, the Harry Potter Alliance connects passionate fans of fictional works (The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Superman) to real-world current events.

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Single-login tools

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The OpenID project kicked off competition amongst the major social networking sites to be the federated identity provider for the web. Rather than have to create a new login at every site and for every mobile app, companies like Facebook offer one- or two-click solutions that allow users to create a user account using their existing login credentials and data (such as profile photo).

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There are many benefits to the company whose login service a user employs. For example, the user is far less likely to log out of or suspend the service if additional third party services depend on that account. A downside for platform developers relying on these sign-on services is that they are bound to the providing companies' terms of service and technical limitations. For example, a platform developer might not be allowed to actually store their users' data if the users log in via Facebook, and users will have to refresh the authentication after a set period of time. This leaves independent platform developers at the mercy of policies and shifting priorities of internet giants. Mozilla has launched a less nefarious tool, Personas, but it hasn't been as widely adopted.
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