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May 21 2013

17:09

September 03 2012

19:23

Narrowing the Digital Divide: A Call to Action

To me, the true power and beauty of community-based organizing lies in a small group of individuals taking on a significant social problem and solving it for the common good. The new NetSquared platform is up and going, and I am thrilled to challenge the NetSquared community to connect with one another on solving a social problem that has everything to do with furthering the common good.

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00:16

NetSquared September update

fall leafSeptember is here, and even 'tho the new year doesn't come for another four months I still think of September as a time of rebirth and renewal (I'll always think like a student, I guess.)

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August 25 2012

17:36

Social Media Surgery Event - Guatemala - August 23rd, 2012

The Guatemala NetSquared group was organized almost a year and a half ago.  Although we have been very active, with almost 50 events in the past (http://www.meetup.com/Guatemala-NetSquared-Meetup/), it was not until last  August 23rd that we were able to organize our first  "Social Media Surgery" activity.

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August 22 2012

17:58

Reframing the Digital Divide

The term “digital divide” has been commonly used to represent the gap between those who have “access” to technology (particularly the Internet) and those who do not. Ten years ago when the Pew Internet and American Life Project started researching the digital divide as an issue of “access”, they found the differences in access were stark across locations, including at home, in schools and at work.

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July 31 2012

20:54

July 30 2012

18:37

Netsquared Regional Event for Cameroon and Nigeria

The Netsquared Regional Conference for Cameroon and Nigeria is a multi stake holder event that will bring together actors from local Netsquared groups, Internet Society, civil society, diplomatic institutions, government and the tech world to articulate on issues related to the social web and nongovernmental diplomacy. Citizens from three neighboring countries including: Cameroon, Nigeria and Central African Republic, in a two day event will seek to resolve the following challenges:

- The difficulties faced in introducing the social web for social development in the sub region

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February 12 2011

13:23

Hello My Name is Bobbi Newman

Hello I am Bobbi Newman, I am a librarian in a public library. I’m responsible for our website, online services, new and emerging technology and training and development for staff and the public. I am also speak and provide training for libraries nationally and internationally. 

I am dedicated to helping libraries find their place in the digital age. I’m passionate about 21st century literacies and the role of all libraries in equal access and opportunity for all. My professional interests include digital and technology based services, the digital divide, and improving existing services through expanding traditional methods, while creating innovative new practices. I write about these and other issues at Librarian by Day.

 

February 11 2011

22:53

Ari Katz, IREX

I am Ari Katz, deputy director for technology and civil society at IREX, a international development nonprofit based in Washington, DC. I work on programs that use technology to help organizations and institutions better fulfill their missions in a variety of ways - with youth, with libraries, with schools, and with governments.   My priorities include figuring out how to bring access to information in new and engaging ways to those who could benefit from it, and trying to integrate libraries more into the development dialogue. IREX brings well-managed projects in a number of countries to collaborations. We have learned that tech can't be dropped in on its own - where it has potential is integrated into a supportive environment of experimentation, learning and capacity building. 

Check out www.irex.org and http://irexgl.wordpress.com/ for more about what we do.

You can find me on twitter at @katzistan or @irextech.

 

18:08

Steve Williams, Director, Corporate Social Responsbility, SAP

Hi everyone,

As part of the global SAP Corporate Social Responsibility team, I am responsible for managing our worldwide Technology Donation program that provides free reporting and data visualizaton tools to over 900 non-profts each year in 15 countries. We have been partnering with TechSoup for quite a while now and am excited about the many possibilites to engage.

I am most interested in building capacity in the non-profit sector through technology. At SAP we can bring a wide experience in business management along with the skills of 60,000 employees aroud the world that want to contribute. We also have a large developer ecosystem part of the SAP Community Network. We have also been supporting interesting work around impact measurement for non-profits and social enterprises through the Demonstrating Value Project

What I am most interested in from collaborators is understanding how the different pieces of technology (hardware, networking, different software systems) can be integrated and easily consumed by non-profits. I'm also interested in going beyond traditional training on specific applications to helping organizations create strategies and build operational systems that can deliver better results. Finally I want to learn from, and share with, colleagues best practices on engaging employees with technology donations and how to embed these practices into the business so that CSR programs are not "off to the side" but a core part of operations.

You can find me on twitter @constructive and my (infrequently updated) blog at http://www.constructive.net

11:21

Hello from shufang (Taiwan)

I am now  director of Frontier Foundation, Taiwan. Frontier Foundation is an organization to aggregate the care and love toward Taiwan and to transform that into the practical ground level, community and social action. From policy research, training for community organizers, media watch, to information society practical action plan, Frontier Foundation is devoted to facilitation of the connection among minorities and Internet, and the participatory discussion within organizations.Our team established various web service information portal, including the first female service information network, female Internet forum, female mailing list, disability information network, aboriginal e-tribe, TechSoup Taiwan ,Nettuesday Taipei and sahana-taiwan.We are asking "how NPOs can work together to have more impact to our socity, with those ICT tools." "How to create more space for NPOs to share and work together?" 

March 10 2010

16:04

Watch the UK National Digital Inclusion Conference Online Today and Tomorrow

Digital InclusionOver the next two days, key influencers from around Britain and around the world are at the National Digital Inclusion Conference organizing and planing for digital inclusion in the UK. You can take part by watching the live video stream and sharing your opinions on Twitter.

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