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Why Celebrity iCloud Hacking Should Matter to Your Nonprofit
If you pay attention to the news, you may have recently heard about a major Internet hacking of celebrity phones and devices , in which hundreds of photos were leaked to the wider Internet. There was no intentional sharing by the celebrities — they were hacked. This may seem like just another...
Mobile Connectivity for Nonprofits: What’s Your Best Option?
Being able to work anytime/anywhere can greatly expand your reach, but it requires mobile Internet access. There are many connectivity tools available to keep you connected to the data and online resources you need outside the office. What’s the best option for you? That depends on what you’re...
Last Chance on Net Neutrality: FCC Public Comment Period Ends Friday!
Update: Due to overwhelming demand on the FCC's website, causing intermittent outages, they have extended the deadline for comments through midnight on Friday, July 18 , so there is still time to put your opinion in. If you experience problems with the website's submission form, you can also...
Upcoming Webinar May 22: Better Feedback with Surveys and Application Management
Fluidware develops simple and intuitive software solutions that help organizations collect, manage, and empower you to make smarter decisions with data. Join TechSoup's donor partner Fluidware on Thursday, May 22, to experience the power of Fluidware's two leading products. See first-hand...
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...
On Technology and Democracy
I recently discovered Personal Democracy Forum , a Web site that examines the ways that technology is transforming politics in the United States (and beyond). Filled with news items, blog posts, and other commentary, the site takes a lively look at technology's role in a changing democracy and highlights...
Digital Media and Learning Competition: Applications Now Open!
This post was written by Amy Sample Ward and was originally posted on the NetSquared Blog . The third Digital Media and Learning Competition , from the MacArthur Foundation, is now accepting applications. In partnering with the White House, National Lab Day, and videogame makers Sony and EA, the Digital...
TechSoup Digital Storytelling Event: Final Twitter Chat Highlights
Compiled and organized by Kristy Graves, @kg . We hosted our final live Twitter chat for the Digital Storytelling Event yesterday. There's still time to enter your submission before the second annual Digital Storytelling Challenge ends this coming Monday, January 31! Our special guest host...
Should Your Nonprofit Have a Blog?
Aside from meeting so many of you, my favorite part of this year's Nonprofit Boot Camp was a presentation by Ben Rigby and Jacob Colker. The talk was a sort of crash course in social media, covering everything from blogging to social networking sites to video sharing sites to remote volunteering. At...
Free ReadyTalk Webinar: How to Hold Successful Web Events - December 10
ReadyTalk , one of TechSoup's donor partners and sponsor of our regular TechSoup Talks! webinars , is offering a free webinar on December 10 entitled How to Make Your Next Business-Critical Web Event a Success: Tips from the Experts . They have a great panel of web-event experts who will talk about:...
NTEN Office Hours
Don't forget, you can join our good friends at NTEN almost every day for their live office hours sessions. Each day, a nonprofit technology expert spends an hour in NTEN's chat room, ready to help out your nonprofit in his or her area of expertise. Traci Magleby will be available to discuss off-site...
Top Ten Technology and Social Media Resources for Nonprofits
This post originally appeared on TechSoup's global partner, Connecting Up Australia's website and was written by Shai Coggins. Everyday, we find great resources on the different uses of technology and social media in the nonprofit sector. We bookmark them, note them, share them, tweet or retweet them...
Digital Storytelling Challenge Awards Tonight!
You may have heard about TechSoup's Digital Storytelling Online Event that's been going on all month. Well, tonight we're rolling out the red carpet for the finale where we'll be announcing the big winners ! We received more than 100 submissions from nonprofits and libraries around the country (and world...
Install and Use Skype: Free to Use, Easy to Install
I use Skype all the time, especially when I am telecommuting. It let's me have a brief exchange (instant message) with a co-worker without the time investment of finding their phone number and getting involved in a long conversation. If I need to speak with them using voice, I can do that using Skype...
Innovative? Then the RAPIDGrant Could Mean $5000 for Your Organization
Does your organization have an original approach to achieving social change? You could win $5000 to go towards your organization's mission. MyQuire is offering the RAPIDGran t to recognize the work of an innovative nonprofit. The nonprofit that best demonstrates their unique work towards social change...
Free Google Earth Outreach Event
Learn how your organization can use Google Earth Outreach and share your questions about this new online tool at a free NetSquared event next Tuesday evening in San Francisco. The second Tuesday of each month, social changemakers and Web innovators get together to network, socialize, and share ideas...
Were You Impacted by the Skype Outage?
Last week, Skype, the venerable IM and VoIP service, suffered its first major outage in four years. If you were one of Skype's 200 million users worldwide, you were probably affected - and relieved that it's finally back up after two days of issues. What happened? According to the company blog , a simultaneous...
Scary Wireless Stories
In the spirit of Halloween, the MaintainIT blog is sharing real-life stories of wireless horror. Crashing systems? Massive security intrusions? Turns out, Louise Alcorn writes, the greatest threats are "poor planning, lack of information, or unstable or ill-equipped infrastructure." Check out...
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...
Kicking Paper with Google Notebook and Dabbleboard
About two months ago, I moved into a new building. Emptying my file cabinet of its seemingly endless supply of legal pads, I realized two things. First, I was using a lot of paper. Second, somewhere in that blur of yellow and blue lines, there were probably a few good ideas. There were probably a few...
15 Questions to Ask Green Web Hosting Services
GreenTech has done a bit to explore green web hosting in our How to Choose a Green Website Host piece, but we thought we'd deepen the discussion a bit by profiling Enviromedia 's quest to find a green host that is affordable, dependable, and that truly uses renewable energy. These days there...
Upcoming Seminars from Idealware
Idealware is offering an extensive lineup of online seminars in January. Learn about them below, or visit www.idealware.org/online_seminars to view the complete lineup through February. Tools to Manage a Website Without Technical Skills: Introduction to Content Management Systems Wednesday, January 16th...
If You Use Google Services Like Gmail, Be Sure to Encrypt Them ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ Here's How
As pointed out in this excellent blog entry by Daniel Miessler, Google does not by default encrypt the content of its services. Rather, your email and other activities are passed through as unencrypted text. The good news is you can do something about it: Use Bookmarks for Your Google Services Create...
Getting Things Done: Information Overload
It used to be the "To Read" list consisted of just a stack on the shelf of all those books that I wanted to get around to reading. Now with the explosion of information on the Web, with blogs and sites being updated every minute, it seems like the virtual stack of reading material to keep up...
When Words Get in the Way (Like "Virtual Volunteering")
At the start of any workshop I lead related to virtual volunteering, I ask the audience, "How many of you are engaging with volunteers virtually?" If few or no people raise their hands, I ask the question again at the end of my workshop. And the numbers always change. Take for example the...