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  • Forum Thread: Funding opportunity: CFP: Announcing the Trust Challenge, the fifth HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition

    Hi Tech Soup Digital Engagement members, This is a great funding opportunity for those non-profits that are interested in exploring how technology can build more trustworthy and effective online learning environments. Full details are posted in the CFP below. __________________________ **** Please...
  • Forum Thread: Director of Online Communication - Washington, D.C.

    Director of Online Communication National Women's Law Center Washington, DC For 40 years, the National Women's Law Center has led the way in expanding the possibilities for women and girls in our country. The Center uses the law in all its forms: getting new laws on the books; litigating...
  • Forum Thread: Human rights activists taught online tactics

    According to the BBC, an international training institute to teach online tactics for human rights campaigners is being set up in the Italian city of Florence. "The first students, starting in the new year, will be drawn from human rights activists around the world - with the aim of arming...
  • Forum Thread: Emergency 2.0 Wiki Accessibility Toolkit

    Using social media to deliver critical information means having to think about and plan for accessibility: Is the content on social media available to everyone in your target community? In turn, people with disabilities want access to content on social networks and want to use these tools during a crisis...
  • Forum Thread: Dealing with conflict in an online community

    Today, I had the pleasure of facilitating the # commbuild tweetchat on Twitter. The # commbuild tweetchat is focused on building and sustaining online communities for nonprofits, charities, schools, government programs and other mission-based initiatives, though some corporate folks frequently...
  • Forum Thread: academic journal call for papers re: social media

    A special issue of Social Science Computer Review will aim to investigate and understand different aspects of social media use in government, nonprofit, education, and healthcare organizations. The editors are soliciting original contributions in the form of evidence-based, “best practices”...
  • Forum Thread: vote for favorite UN's Online Volunteering Award 2012 winner

    You can cast your vote for your favorite nominees for the UN's Online Volunteering Award 2012 until 4 December. "Everyone can participate in the voting and there is no need to register... Reading the winners' stories may inspire more individuals to volunteer online and more organizations...
  • Forum Thread: RE: Library URL filtering = just plain wrong!

    This is a current "hot topic." Not only a hot topic in libraries, but in other countries (such as Saudia Arabia and China as well. What I find most interesting is that which is considered "damaging". According to this /. post, "The New York Times is on the list of 'politically...
  • Forum Thread: RE: Library URL filtering = just plain wrong!

    I don't agree with filtering internet access in libraries, but I don't think it's a black and white issue and I think the hypocrisy label is unjust. I don't think it's a black and white issue either. I painted it black and white so as to bait a response. ;) When I lived in San Diego...
  • Forum Thread: RE: Library URL filtering = just plain wrong!

    Yes, I agree that human review may be better than filtering software (which has been known to block sites that deal with decidedly non-porn topics such as breast cancer or sexual education) but then the question is raised of which humans do the reviewing? John Ashcroft? Pat Robertson? I wouldn't...
  • Forum Thread: Kids' internet access

    Hi. I'm from a small NPO that tutors intercity kids. We currently run SBS 2003 premium on our network. Currently, we don't allow kids to access the internet (only staff users are in the internet users group) because we do not have a policy in place. Does anyone have any ideas for creating a policy...
  • Forum Thread: An Employee or Volunteer Is An Online Celebrity - Is That a Problem?

    The Nonprofit Quarterly highlights a WSJ article, Your Employee Is An Online Celebrity - Now What Do You Do? , exploring it both from the perspective of the upsides and downsides of employees or volunteers mixing personal and private personas via online social media ( something I've explored myself...
  • Forum Thread: RE: Library URL filtering = just plain wrong!

    Simple solutionLet the adults do whatever and minors have restricted access. Should a minor be with a parent and the parent choses to let the child surf unrestricted so be it.One issue is even with no restriction what about the stuff that is on the screen when you walk by >So right there we have an...
  • Forum Thread: RE: Library URL filtering = just plain wrong!

    Another article on this topic, Judges end library porn-filter trial on skeptical note . A two-week federal trial to determine how far the government can go to protect children from pornography on library computers ended Thursday with judges openly concerned about whether the latest online *** law from...
  • Forum Thread: Library URL filtering = just plain wrong!

    Does anyone else see library web filtering as hypocritical? Libraries are sacred institutions. They help ensure people have equitable access to information, respect (and celebrate!) others' diversity, etc. In fact, I'd argue that URL filtering contributes to the digital divide. Free flow of information...
  • Forum Thread: 24 FREE (Digital) Telephones for a nonprofit in need

    Hello, Our office recently upgraded/switched to a VoIP phone system and we would like to donate our old (fully functional) Toshiba phones to another nonprofit organization that could use them. We have a total of 24 phones, here are the details of each: 15 -- Toshiba Digital Business Telephones with...
  • Forum Thread: cisco 5510 web filtering and antivirus

    I need web filtering ( no porn, games etc) and antivirus and anti spam. I am using Astaro free software now and it is troublesome on a pc. In the literature, it says the 5510 needs an add in module for web, antivirus, antispam. Does the box from Techsoup include that? What about subscriptions to the...
  • Forum Thread: Vendor Network Access Policies

    I'm looking for recommendations on vendor access policies. Basically, when our auditor or other contractor wants to plug their laptop into our Internet connection, what kind of policy should we have? I've been pretty timid about it - just asking if they have updated anti-virus software. They...
  • Forum Thread: Content Filtering Software

    We are a small non profit school for kids with emmotional problems. Some of our older students have to go on the web for virtual school, as well as research. Can anyone sugest good, easy to manage filtering software or hardware that is avaluable through tech soup?
  • Forum Thread: chic warn

    I got tired last night and went to bed without turning on my firewall. Now I have done this before and the sambe basic things happen. The next morning my home page is changed to something called 'pro-searching', even after I change it back there is still a tool bar at the top of my home...
  • Forum Thread: Students clearing browsing history

    How do I prevent students from clearing the browsing history in Internet Explorer and FireFox? Although there are no sites in the history box I can see in the Google drop down box key words (objectional) that were searched. Is there anyway that the sites visited be tracked other than the history? Thanks...
  • Forum Thread: Don't click that link!

    Does anyone have resources for user training on being smart in their web surfing / email handling. Over the last few weeks I've had user machines infected by opening the pdf document in a shipping notification and another user that was just searching for a background image for a brochure he was...
  • Forum Thread: Content Filtering

    We previously used a crappy program content protect and it slows computers down, we need to have some way of doing content filtering for our small organization, approx 15 computers. What are my options? Hardware? Software? Proxy Server? thanks!
  • Forum Thread: Track Internet Usage

    I need to find a better way to track the internet usage of our users. non-profit organization, around 60 computers. About a year ago, I had a proxy server setup which all our internet traffic went through - had some software called 602LAN SUITE installed, which had a lot of "extra"...
  • Forum Thread: How do I block all web based chat for students?

    How do I block all web based chat for students? I look after a network at a charity. The teachers find that the students are wasting too much time on chat. I currently use Dansguardian & Squid to block porn but I am not sure how to deal with web based chat. Thanks