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Last Updated: Monday, 25 April 2005, 16:58 GMT 17:58 UK
The Virtual Campaign: Targeting
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All The Links That Fit

Alan Connor gives a round-up of the links mentioned on The Daily Politics.

Hello, thanks for dropping by, and welcome to the list of websites mentioned in the most recent programme!

And as usual, the BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.

Fewer links to point you at this week, since we were mainly talking about the targeting of those crucial 800,000 voters who might swing the election. But if you'd like to learn more about the Mosaic database that's being used by Labour and the Conservatives, you could read these documents from the Experian corporation.

Apart from that, we also talked about the prominence of the war in online debate since the start of the campaign. We briefly mentioned the online campaign Operation Four Letter Word, which has been trying to get the word "Iraq" mentioned in the debate. Many bloggers have participated, and there's a description here, along with a poster you can download and print off to scare candidates at your doorstep.

Read Alan's election coverage at the Vote 2005 site

Since the show, you've been in contact about apparently unsolicited emails from the parties. Will Martin of Manchester writes:

"I have recently recievd a mailshot from my Labour candidate. My parter also received one, but hers was different, focusing on Muslim issues. My partner has an Asian surname. I am abslolutely disgusted. This very ill-conceived strategy has backfired in my household. My partner's mail refers to "turning away from those that speak of division in out society": surely you can see the irony?"

And meanwhile, Jay has a more succinct observation:

"One way to annoy the senders of SPAM and JUNK email is to re-send them their own, original email!"

A taste of their own medicine? Remember, though: if you do that, they'll know the account is definitely active!

Finally, Ed Jog has emailed to tell us about another Daily Politics-inspired blog after last week's show. The title is a spin on this campaign's buzz-phrase, "decent, hardworking families": it's called Disreputable Lazy Aliens.

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