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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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:...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 3Banana Share to Win Contest

    3Banana just launched an interesting contest for nonprofits focused on health, environment, and education . Dubbed Share to Win, the contest will award the five nonprofits that can generate the most excitement among their followers with prizes totaling $10,000 in donations. To enter the contest, you...
  • Blog Post: 10NTC: TechSoup Exclusive Video with Andrew Sullivan on Blogging, Nonprofit Journalism

    I caught up with Andrew Sullivan after his talk at NTC 2010 and took this quick video. Apologies (or you're welcome, depending on your tastes) for the aggressive '80s music in the background. The veteran blogger talks about how he was able to take all the criticism that comes with putting yourself out...
  • Blog Post: Webinar Recording: Producing Webinars for Nonprofits and Libraries

    Are you interested in conducting webinars but not sure how to get started? Well, here's a great resource to help you understand what goes into conducting them and how to get started. In this TechSoup Talks! webinar, Kami Griffiths from TechSoup interviewed Emily Inlow-Hood, formerly of WebJunction and...
  • Blog Post: Free Webinars for South Dakota!

    Kivi at Nonprofit Marketing Guide wants nonprofits in all 50 states to attend her webinars this year. Unfortunately, she's still missing eight , so she's making a special offer to organizations in those states. I don't even know where half of these states are and I certainly can't be bothered to list...
  • 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...