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Vietnam and Indonesia Join TechSoup Asia’s Growing Family
We proudly welcome NGO partners Vietnet-ICT and the Lin Centre in Vietnam, as well as ASEAN Foundation , Kopernik Marketplace , and YCAB Foundation in Indonesia to the TechSoup Global family. They are all part of TechSoup Asia , which serves charities in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand...
31 May 2013
TechSoup at NTC: Talk Back, Security, Online Communities, Tech Planning, and More!
The time has come. The 2009 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) has begun. Sessions have started this morning Twitterers and bloggers are live - blogging left and right. Some sessions are being broadcast live or presented via webinar through NTEN's site so even if you're not able to attend in person...
28 Apr 2009
Used Laptops Needed for Earthquake Victims in Haiti: You Can Help!
TechSoup is united with the world in wishing a quick recovery to the people of Haiti after last week's devastating earthquake (and continuing aftershocks). Our own Tim Suttle was there only a couple of weeks ago volunteering for a local organization: Just last week I was in [Haiti] to setup a computer...
10 Apr 2010
10NTC: Asi Burak and Games for Change
Asi Burak gave this morning's keynote talk entitled How Video Games Will Change the World. A former Israeli intelligence officer, Burak has now dedicated his career to spreading awareness of complicated sociopolitical issues through the medium of video games. He's the co-founder of Impact Games and executive...
10 Apr 2010
Adobe Youth Voices Seeks Work from Young Filmmakers
Our partners at Adobe just let us know about Youth Producing Change , a search for films about human rights issues created by filmmakers under the age 19. Adobe Youth Voices is producing this event with Human Rights Watch, and the selected films will be screened around the world as part of HRW's film...
8 Dec 2009
USAID Development 2.0 Challenge: Extended Deadline to December 5!
This post was written by Amy Sample Ward and originally featured on the Net2 blog . If you have an idea for mobile technologies for good and you haven't submitted to the USAID Development 2.0 Challenge project gallery yet, it's your lucky day! The Challenge submission deadline is extended to December...
19 Nov 2008
How Social Networking Is Helping the Poor in India
From India, the International Herald Tribune reports how a new site called Babajob.com is taking social networking one step further by using online networks to help connect people in Bangalore to jobs, even if the job-seekers lack access to technology. Using small jobs placement - and incentivised referrals...
11 Oct 2007
Adopt a Computer Program for Public Libraries
On the MaintainIT blog, guest blogger Bess Haile has a delightful story about her library's new approach to budgeting for public computers. Her library's Adopt-a-Computer program is a simple way for friends of the library to show their support for free computer access. Even more important than the program...
18 Dec 2008
Why Don't Some Innovations Meet Their Potential?
This post originally appeared on the AshokaTECH Blog. Elliot Harmon, regular TechSoup blogger and staff writer, was chosen to " Blog [His] Way to Hyderabad " for the Ashoka and Lemelson event, Tech4Society , taking place in Hyderabad, India this week. He will be live-blogging from the event so watch...
11 Feb 2010
Bay Area Nonprofits: TechSoup Needs Your Input May 11-14!
Help TechSoup with some UI/UX (user interface/user experience) testing May 11-14. TechSoup.org is looking for Bay Area nonprofit folks to come to their offices in South of Market, San Francisco for two hours on May 11-14 and participate in user testing sessions for some Web redesign stuff we are working...
7 May 2009
How the Providence Community Library Loans Out Internet for Patrons to Take Home
The more I look, the more I see nonprofit technology innovation happening in libraries, especially in the area of digital inclusion innovation. The Providence Community Library is a case in point. They have found a way for patrons who live in neighborhoods where home broadband is rare to get free...
11 Oct 2013
PdF10: Personal Democracy Forum June 3-4
The fine folks at Fenton Communications have made it feasible for me to foray into the 2010 Personal Democracy Forum as a "Fenton Fellow" (go ahead, just count the number of "fs" in that sentence). The annual event tackles the broader scope of how technology is changing politics and...
3 Jun 2010
Getting the Right Windows MultiPoint Server Hardware
Setting up Windows MultiPoint Server isn't difficult. But it usually requires some additional hardware to connect your user stations (keyboard, mouse, monitor) to the host computer. These additional hardware components are called access devices. Charles Brennick, Founder and Director of Interconnection...
18 Feb 2013
Social Actions API, Semantic Web, and Linked Open Data: An Interview with Peter Deitz
This post originally appeared on the NetSquared Blog and was authored by Amy Sample Ward. Peter Deitz is a long-time member and contributor in the NetSquared (and TechSoup) community; he started the NetSquared Montreal group and his Social Actions project was a winner in the 2008 N2Y3 Mashup Challenge...
21 Jan 2011
BTOP Projects at Work: Developing an Engaging Curriculum
This post originally appeared on the TechSoup for Libraries blog and was authored by Jennifer Anthony. An engaging, tailored curriculum can make all the difference when providing training to people who have had minimal experience with technology. In these communities, the proper training can be a catalyst...
4 Feb 2011
A Software Lending Library in Kansas City?
The Kansas City Public Library has devised something new in the world of digital inclusion. They have developed a way for anyone with a Kansas City public library card to use expensive professional applications like those from Adobe and Microsoft without owning them. They are building a free software...
20 Sep 2013
Corporate Citizenship and Digital Inclusion: Empowering Communities, Nonprofits, and Public Libraries
When I read that Google was donating $600,000 to provide free Wi-Fi in San Francisco parks, my first thought was, "Wow, it's going to be hard to get a signal at Dolores Park on a sunny day." Local humor aside, the project is exciting: 31 public parks in San Francisco will get free Wi...
20 Aug 2013
Digital Inclusion Project Wants to Hear From You
Is digital inclusion part of your organization's mission? Do you offer technology skills training or provide public access to computers? Do you help promote equal access to technology tools, knowledge, and resources in your community? Then we want to hear from you! Please take 15 minutes to share...
5 Mar 2012
Notes from SOCAP09: Thoughts on Micro-Donations, Crowd-Sourcing, Radical Collaborations, and Mobile Tech
This post is cross-posted on my personal blog and on the NetSquared Blog . On Thursday, I attended the unconference/open space portion of SOCAP09 (Social Capital Markets 2009). I found a few tech sessions that were relevant to the purposes of TechSoup, and as is always the case, I collected the business...
8 Sep 2009
Why Kansas City Has a Shot at Bridging the Digital Divide
I had the opportunity to participate in the launch of the new Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund . It addresses the thorny problem of bringing the 25 percent or so of people in the city who are still not participating in the information age to inclusion. I say thorny because despite the nearly...
23 Aug 2013
Refresher on Assistive Technologies for People with Vision Impairments
Kami Griffiths, my co-worker and training facilitator par excellence organized a Meetup last Friday at the San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind , which I was fortunate enough to attend. The presenters, Patty Quinonez and Shen Kuan were both power users of assistive technology themselves and experts...
17 May 2010
Three Barriers to Getting Online: Bridging the Digital Divide – Part 1/2
It seems like the Internet is everywhere, with everyone tweeting, posting, reading, and enjoying its many resources. But as educators and nonprofits, we know not everyone is online. We see the people who are affected by the digital divide and the real problems they face, every day. A recent...
2 Jan 2014
Comcast Internet Essentials - A Green Program to Bridge the Digital Divide
One of the big pieces of digital divide news in the U.S. this summer is the Comcast Internet Essentials Program . This new program is rolling out this month in 39 states offering $10 per month broadband Internet program to low-income families with children who are eligible to receive free school...
23 Aug 2011
Symantec Donations for Public Libraries
I know one thing that librarians have to be thankful for this year: Symantec now allows U.S. and Canadian public libraries to request its product donations. This is great news for libraries. It's especially timely since two of Symantec's most popular security products, Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet...
26 Nov 2008
Is Windows SteadyState 2.5 Worth an Upgrade?
A few years ago I worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s U.S. Library Program help desk, where I fielded thousands of calls about the peculiar difficulties of making a computer available for public use. Later when Microsoft released Windows SteadyState 2.0 (formerly known as the Shared...
24 Sep 2008