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  • Blog Post: LocalFreeWeb Combines Digital Inclusion with Public Transportation

    Q: What happens when you bring app developers together with nonprofits and libraries along with some coffee thrown in? A: Mobile apps with a conscience! Last October, I wrote about a breakfast co-hosted by Caravan Studios and Twilio for nonprofits and app developers. Caravan Studios, a division...
  • Blog Post: 4 Tech Tools for Reaching Marginalized Communities

    Did you know that Hispanics make up the single largest growing group in rural communities? And did you know that this population might not be in states with large Hispanic populations? The Hispanic Access Foundation's (HAF) mission is to "connect Latino communities with the information and services...
  • Blog Post: Digital Inclusion, Energy Conservation, and Accessibility Play Major Roles at Mobile World Congress

    Mobile World Congress (MWC), which is held annually in Barcelona, Spain, sets the tone for the mobile industry for the coming year. It also influences other areas of the tech world and other industries — including the social sector. This year's MWC, held March 2 through 5, was especially...
  • Blog Post: How Digital Democracy Empowers Marginalized Communities

    Many years ago, NetSquared hosted challenges and conferences to highlight and bring together fledging social entrepreneurs. One finalist's pitch was: "We have buy-in from the community, we have rich networks on the ground, and we are building on pre-existing technologies." Digital Democracy...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Ecohero: How Sean Nicholson Is Saving the Earth

    You've heard of the Incredible Hulk and Green Lantern. But you've probably never heard of this green superhero. Each year the International Computer Refurbisher Summit awards a lifetime achievement award in my name (it's a long story on how that came to be). This year the award went...
  • Blog Post: Developers and Nonprofits Come Together to Make Apps for Change

    One hour. Eight apps. Infinite inspiration. Last week, Caravan Studios , a division of TechSoup, and Twilio co-hosted a breakfast for nonprofits and app developers. The event not only served as a networking opportunity for these two groups, but also showcased eight social good apps already in progress...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webinar on July 30: Adult Library Programs Gone Mobile

    Bringing mobile devices into adult library programs can be an excellent way to promote library e-media and teach digital literacy skills. Join us next Wednesday, July 30 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) for Adult Library Programs Gone Mobile , where you can learn how libraries can help meet...
  • Blog Post: What TechSoup Global Thinks About the New FCC Net Neutrality Decision

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just came out with a new ruling on who will prosper from and control the Internet — and who will not. Here is what we think the ruling means for charities and libraries. May 2014 FCC Net Neutrality Ruling in a Nutshell This is the contentious...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webinar April 30: Public Tech Instruction for Online Job Search Assistance

    Do you help job seekers at your library or nonprofit? Supporting job seekers is a critical service provided by public libraries and community based workforce organizations. This free webinar on Wednesday, April 30 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern), Public Tech Instruction: Online Job Search...
  • Blog Post: Free Guides to Free Software

    One common complaint about free and open-source software is a lack of documentation and support. While this isn't always true - many free applications offer plenty of help - those seeking additional support can turn to FLOSS manuals , where you can find tips and tricks for using some of your favorite...
  • Blog Post: Sustainable Broadband Adoption: Are ISPs the Missing Link?

    Originally published at TechSoup for Libraries. As Sarah mentioned a few weeks ago , TechSoup is currently working on a project funded by the Surdna Foundation to survey the landscape of BTOP -funded public computing initiatives and compile resources, lessons learned, and best practices. It's been fascinating...
  • Blog Post: Refurbishing Computers for Colombia's Schoolchildren

    CNet/TechRepublic is publishing a series of photos from Colombia's Computadores Para Educar (Computers for Education), whereby old computers are refurbished for schools and schoolchildren. Instead of being tossed to the landfill and heavy metals contaminate the water table, computers are given new life...
  • Blog Post: Inveneo: Green IT and Social Impact

    I think most people have heard of the One Laptop Per Child little XO portable computers that are designed for the rural developing world, but I suspect far fewer people have heard of the great work that the San Francisco, California based nonprofit, Inveneo , is doing in this area of nonprofit computing...
  • Blog Post: Connect2Compete: The Biggest Digital Inclusion Project in the U.S.

    Back in May 2012 we got the first announcements of a huge U.S. nationwide digital inclusion project called Connect2Compete . We thought it'd be a good time check in with the new COO of the project, Brian Vahaly, to see how it's going. What Is Connect2Compete ? Connect2Compete (C2C) is...
  • Blog Post: Youth Venture: New Inventors and New Ideas

    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...
  • Blog Post: Community Broadband: Coming to a City Near You?

    More and more, today’s communities are striving to become digitally inclusive. They’re offering affordable, quality Internet services and working with anchor institutions in all sectors to ensure residents get the access they need. It’s a trend taking hold across the country. Hundreds...
  • Blog Post: New ESRI Products and GIS Resources

    Today's big news is that ESRI is expanding its donation program to include four new products ( ArcGIS Publisher , ArcGIS Network Analyst , ArcPad , and ArcEditor ) and an updated version of its ArcView software. ESRI is also letting us loosen its donation restrictions : qualified organizations can now...
  • Blog Post: Guide to SMS for Social Change

    Our friends at Ashoka ( previously ) recently created an excellent downloadable guide to using SMS (text messages) for social change. You can download the guide directly (1.1 MB PDF) or learn more about it here . We discussed mobile giving here about a year ago, and it's grown a lot in prominence even...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Show Your Impact Story Contest: Submit Your Microsoft Success Stories Today!

    Some of you may be familiar with the ongoing Adobe-TechSoup Show Your Impact Contest from this year and the last. You may have submitted your entries and you may have even been one of the winners. Well, now is your chance to tell us how Microsoft donations have helped your nonprofit or public library...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup Global and Microsoft at NGO Connection Day Vietnam

    Since 2005, Microsoft has sponsored NGO Connection Days throughout the world to raise awareness and help build IT capacity in the NGO sector. This year, Microsoft Community Affairs hosted its first ever Vietnam event in Hanoi on Tuesday, with the theme of "Unleashing Technology to Improve Economic and...
  • Blog Post: How One Library Is “Loaning out the Internet” Using Mobile Technology

    People rely on their neighborhood library to borrow books, magazines, and movies. But borrowing the Internet? How does that work? Providence Community Library (PCL) is leading the way. PCL is a nonprofit network of nine neighborhood libraries that provide free, accessible library services and...
  • Blog Post: MaintainIT Project On the Road

    TechSoup's MaintainIT project , an effort funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to gather and distribute stories around maintaining and supporting public computers, may be heading to a town near you. The project is taking to the road to visit rural libraries in Northern California, gathering...
  • Blog Post: Cabell County "Green" Library

    Libraries have been at the cutting edge of green building and adopting greener practices. TechSoup's own Brenda Hough went to the West Virginia Library Association Conference and blogged about a session in which Steve Christo highlighted green features of the new Salt Rock branch of the Cabell County...
  • Blog Post: Storytelling Screening Success

    This post was penned by Evan Hamilton . Evan is a Community Manager for UserVoice , singer for Monsters are not Myths , and a nice guy in general. I go to the TechSoup Online Community Meetup every month that I can. This month was a bit different. I arrived at the always-lovely TechSoup offices...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Microsoft 2011 Technology for Good Contest Winners

    This post originally appeared on TechSoup's NetSquared Blog and was authored by Claire Sale. Microsoft believes technology can do amazing things. That's why they donate software to eligible nonprofit organizations and public libraries to help them use technology to further their missions. The Technology...