Using several tools, including the HTTrack Website Copier, the following
21 sites were monitored for content changes during a two-week period
(April 18 - May 2, 2003). The sample of 21 sites was designed to be as
possible in terms of both content (representing political views across a
broad spectrum, ranging from mainstream groups to insurgencies, formal
and informal groups, etc.) and form (mime types and file formats, small
sites and large sites, etc.).
In terms of the typology used for this exercise, the following
- Party, candidate, and electoral coverage sites typically have regular
or frequent content updates in the period leading up to the elections.
- Party sites for groups that are not engaged in a current
electoral campaign are
updated infrequently, with the exception of large, long-established, and
well-endowed parties, like the PRI in Mexico.
- Sites that have a section containing news items, in this case
including the alternative media and some of the New Social
Movement sites, tend to be updated more frequently, in most cases daily
or even multiple times during the day.
- New Social Movement sites tend to be more or less active in terms of
content updates in relation to how current their "cause" is.
For each of the sites listed below, the number to the right of the site
name is the number of days during the 10 day (M-F for two weeks)
measuring period that the site contents were changed or updated.
The full results of this exercise are available in this Table.