Net Neutrality Open Source Documentary

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He created the above "open source documentary" on Net Neutrality called Humanity Lobotomy. Britt Bravo, Netsquared Post. Save the Internet | Rock the Vote. I "met" Arin Crumley of Four-Eyed Monsters when he commented on a video of on mine over at YouTube. When I visited his site, I noticed that he had some widgets, including a message comment line.

TechSoup's Netsquared Organizers Win 2015 NTENny Awards

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This year Netsquared's own Eli van der Giessen, Birgit Pauli-Haack, and Regina Walton won NTENny awards, as well as Lauren Girardin and our beloved colleague, Michael DeLong, who passed away this past year. " Eli van der Giessen, NetSquared Global Community Manager. Currently, he's our indefatigable NetSquared community manager, supporting a global volunteer network of 50 monthly meetups for the nonprofit technology sector. NTEN netsquared


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NetSquared: In the Beginning

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In the beginning, TechSoup’s Marnie Webb, Daniel Ben-Horin, and Billy Bicket created NetSquared to "remix the web for social change." To get going, they built the first NetSquared website using open-source Drupal. The NetSquared website was itself designed to be a model Web 2.0 " NetSquared Up Close and Personal. They eventually became hugely successful NetSquared Locals in several countries.

Open Source Thinking: A Remix Wikitation of Marnie Webb's Ten Ways To Use Web2.0 Tools

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I'm filling in for colleagues Marnie Webb and Billy Bicket from Netsquared. I'm trying to embrace two ideas here - the idea of open source thinking and wikitation. Allison Fine 's book, Momentum, has a whole chapter on what she calls " Open Source Thinking ," and how it is key to successfully using these new tools. Open source thinking is sharing and remixing. Flick Photo by Thomas Hawk.

NpTech Tag Summary: Face-to-Face or Mediated Experience, Open Source Software Communities, and Blog Days

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

What should Netsquared's Facebook strategy be? Maybe open Social Graphs will help ? OpenSource and Software Communities Jon Stahl has a thoughtful essay on Nonprofits, Open Source and Leadership. He summarizes his organization's experience with the plone community and larger reflections about the complimentary strengths and differences between nonprofits and open source communities.

Growing the NetSquared Community

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The Ambassadors are senior NetSquared leaders who offer their support to other organizers in their country or region, allowing us to serve members in different time zones and in languages other than English. We've been testing the Ambassador model for the last two years, and it has been been instrumental in the growth of NetSquared. Find your closest NetSquared group and event by searching the NetSquared website. Or, apply today to start your own NetSquared group!

Unconference: NetSquared Open Space (NOS): APIs and Open Data

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List five ways your organization can use APIs and open data to show your impact, coordinate volunteers, and inspire supporters to take action. Attend the Unconference: Netsquared Open Space (NOS): APIs and Open Data at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (# 10NTC ) to learn how. Tags: Databases Open Source Software Tech Planning Web Building

NetSquared Local Events: Week of July 8, 2013

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That’s what NetSquared Local is for! This Week’s NetSquared Events. Manchester, UK: Open Badges and CiviCRM meetups. San Francisco, CA: Open Source Tech Can Improve Your City & Your Nonprofit, & A Conversation w/ SAP. Minneapolis, MN: NPTech Social Club - NetSquared TC July Meetup. Don’t have a local NetSquared Local group? What have NetSquared Local groups been up to recently?

NetSquared Local Events in the First Half of August

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NetSquared organizers bring together the nonprofit technology community for face-to-face meetings… but we all know that meetings are boring! Find your local #nptech tribe by joining a NetSquared Local group. August’s NetSquared Events. Find your closest NetSquared group on our global map. Austin, TX: Austin 501 Tech Club & Netsquared Happy Hour. Don’t have a local NetSquared Local group?

Data Digest: Open Data for Africa Platform, Silent Data Revolution in MENA and Data Strategies

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It originally appeared on NetSquared. This week have a look at the just completed Open Data for Africa platform and learn more about the brewing open data revolution in the MENA region. There is some great insight into the need for the Open Data movement to be more inclusive as well as explanations of why big data gathering should be more strategic. Open Data. Is Open Data Just A Flash in the Pan Movement? Open Source data NetSquared big data

Open source = new kind of vendor lock-in? | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) Strategy Open source = new kind of vendor lock-in? 03.20.06 | 17 6 Comments [link] Open+source+%3D+new+kind+of+vendor+lock-in%3F 2006-03-21+02%3A43%3A12 Allan+Benamer I happen to be the member of a few non-profit technology e-mail lists. In fact, most open source tech consultants probably see themselves as the technical equivalent of NPOs themselves with the NPO standing in as the needy client. In open source similar but different.

Tell Your Community's Story with NetSquared

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Or if face-to-face is more your style, join your local NetSquared group — NetSquared groups are holding digital storytelling events all month. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN’s Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup. Portland, Oregon: Secret Knowledge of Open Source.

NetSquared Volunteers Help Nonprofits Like You Master Technology

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National Volunteer Week has come and gone, but I ask you to join me every week in celebrating the amazing contributions of TechSoup's NetSquared community. Well, the average NetSquared organizer spends 8.2 Find your closest NetSquared group. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Or, apply today to start your own NetSquared group.

Data Digest — Maps, Trends, and a Social Progress Index

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on NetSquared. The need for open data from NGOs is reiterated, while the way philanthropy has promoted the global Open Government Partnership is explained. Open Data for Social Change. We Need Open Data To Change The World. In this post, Lucy Bernholz describes how sharing open data in the social sector can increase impact. She describes the CrisisCommons network of individuals and system for sharing open data to respond in times of crisis.

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Building the Tech Capacity of Nonprofits Everywhere with TechSoup's NetSquared Events

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That's why TechSoup created NetSquared , our global network of volunteer-led Tech4Good meetups. We believe that NGOs learn best from each other, so NetSquared provides a platform where we can come together face to face to share technology tips and create a community of practice around tech for good. NetSquared's direct on-the-ground support of nonprofits gives us a unique insight into the technology needs of small grassroots nonprofits.

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Social Actions API, Semantic Web, and Linked Open Data: An Interview with Peter Deitz

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This post originally appeared on the NetSquared Blog and was authored by Amy Sample Ward. Peter Deitz is a long-time member and contributor in the NetSquared (and TechSoup) community; he started the NetSquared Montreal group and his Social Actions project was a winner in the 2008 N2Y3 Mashup Challenge. Digital Divide Fundraising News Online Fundraising Open Source Reporting Social Networking Using the Web and Internet Web 2.0

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Data Digest: From Presidential Campaigns to Social Good

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It originally appeared on NetSquared. Examples of open government data reuse in US by private corporations and nonprofits is also highlighted and a webinar to help those that also want to use it is being hosted this month. Open Government Data. 7 Ways Companies Are Using the Government's Open Data. open government data to improve education and health care, decrease energy consumption and increase socially minded buying.

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Data Digest: Building the YouTube of Data, Big Data and Global Development, and Data Resources

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It was originally published on NetSquared. Some great data resources are featured this week, along with telling insight on the use of big data for global development and the use of open data by citizens. He opposes being more open with data about at-risk individuals and laments that his UN Assembly address on “Big Data and Global Development” has been widely misinterpreted. Open Source data big data crowdsourcing

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Deadline Approaching for $10,000 Pizzigati Prize

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Each year, the Tides Foundation awards a $10,000 cash grant to an individual or group who has created an open-source software project that benefits nonprofits and movements of social change. Previous winners have developed open-source applications and systems that are free, shareable, and benefit organizations that work to benefit others. It is in his honor that the Tides Foundation works to promote open source software and promoting social good.

Need Hands-on Help? NetSquared's Free Workshops Are in Your Community

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That's why TechSoup supports a global network of tech trainers called NetSquared. NetSquared groups focus on topics that address their unique local tech challenges, but once a quarter, we select a common theme. Find your closest NetSquared group. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Or, apply today to start your own NetSquared group.

Data Digest: Moneyball Giving, Data and Philanthropy, Data for Africa

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It originally appeared on NetSquared. He says that “seeing like a state” is more similar to “seeing like a citizen”, and that citizens are more likely to ask for information like comparative school performance, for instance, since it is of direct importance to them, on open data platforms. Open Source philanthropy data big data

Data Digest: Global Open Data Initiative, OpenData Latinoamérica, Big Data for Disaster Response

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It originally appeared on NetSquared. This week check out the launch of the new Global Open Data Initiative, the pursuit for the release and use of open data in Latin America and thoughts on open data and democracy in Africa. Open Data Applied. Announcing the Global Open Data Initiative (GODI). It aims to share principles and resources for governments and societies on how to best maximize open government data opportunities. Image: NetSquared.

Data Digest: Open Data Executive Order, Nonprofit Explorer, Big Data Weaknesses

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It originally appeared on NetSquared. Some big news this week as President Obama further commits to opening up government data by signing an Executive Order. Open Government Data. Landmark Steps to Liberate Open Data President Obama has signed an Executive Order to make government data more accessible to the public and entrepreneurs. This has followed in the footsteps of a host of government initiatives that encourage open data and reuse.

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July NetSquared Think Tank Round-Up: Building a Culture of Accessibility

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This post was authored by Claire Sale and originally appeared on the NetSquared Blog. It almost seems like a more open source approach - allowing a key community to provide guidance and insight into tech development to allow them to better access software and hardware tools. Tank is a monthly blogging/social networking event open to anyone and. question or topic to the NetSquared community and participants submit.

Advancing the New Machine: A Recap from the Human Rights and Technology Conference

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TechSoup's NetSquared Initiative partnered with the HRC in the first conference The Soul of the New Machine in 2009 to help select a winner in their Mobile Challenge. " While there are still contradictions in terms of the unpredictable nature of crises and a delay in data, his project attempts to test out these ideas in different "labs" around the world by coalescing data from public and private sources, with the first one starting in Uganda shortly.

Netsquared Announces the 21 Featured Projects! Congrats!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Featured Projects will be going on to the NetSquared Conference and have an opportunity to receive cash, tech and consulting resources. Aspiration Social Source Commons [link]. Open Source, Open Standards Video [link]. YouthAssets - Connecting the World's Most Vulnerable Youth [link] The Netsquared welcomes everyone's ideas and suggestions in the comments of this post: [link

How “open” is open when judging software? | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) OSS , Web CMS How “open&# is open when judging software? 08.08.06 | 78 No Comments [link] How+%22open%22+is+open+when+judging+software%3F 2006-08-08+15%3A11%3A40 Allan+Benamer OK, so I’m doing an internal review on CMS solutions for my non-profit. As part of the matrix, I have open source down as one of the rated criteria. How should I rate open source? What about for the oft-mentioned open API?

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Mpower Open Podcast | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) eCRM , mpower Mpower Open Podcast 03.20.08 | 3354 19 Comments [link] Mpower+Open+Podcast 2008-03-20+21%3A40%3A16 Allan+Benamer Open source? 3354 19 Comments [link] Mpower+Open+Podcast 2008-03-20+21%3A40%3A16 Allan+Benamer 48) { this.width = 48; this.height = 48; } ; if (this.width On 03.20.08 I focused specifically on their “Open Source&# definition. Josiah definitely covers the open source license issue.

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Vote for the Best Social Change and Technology Projects at Netsquared!

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Starting this week, you can vote for the best NetSquared Innovation Fund Award nominated projects until Saturday, April 14th at Noon PDT. When you're ready, log into the NetSquared site (you can become a registered user here ) and vote for 5-10 of your favorite projects. CompuMentor has created a Technology Innovation Fund to provide direct cash support to projects selected by the NetSquared Community. Aspiration's Social Source Commons.

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Vote for Genocide Intervention Network’s Netsquared Mashup | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) Genocide Intervention Network , Ivan Boothe , Netsquared contest Vote for Genocide Intervention Network’s Netsquared Mashup 03.24.08 | 3358 2 Comments [link] Vote+for+Genocide+Intervention+Network%27s+Netsquared+Mashup 2008-03-24+19%3A06%3A08 Allan+Benamer Ivan Boothe has asked me to vote for Genocide Intervention Project’s mashup via Facebook so I shall and I’m asking you to consider doing so as well.

NpTech Tag Summary: Voting Deadline at Netsquared Extended, NTC Pipe, and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Netsquared Voting Deadline Extended. Due to some technical glitches , you now have 48 additional hours to figure out what 5-10 of the 150 fantastic social change and technology projects at Netsquared will receive your vote. Creative Commons points out the projects that support free culture and open content on their site and on. I'm probably the only insane person who is using all these plus others sources. Open Source Software is Fair Trade !

NpTech Summary: VTvigils Online, Netsquared Announces 21 Featured Projects, and Happiness Hacking

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Netsquared Innovation Fund Netsquared Announces the 21 Featured Projects and solicits for feedback. Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology speaks about how difficult is to be objective, while Social Source blog described it as a high school popularity contest. Allan Benamer weighs in with some observations after wading through the comments over at the Netsquared site and pointing to Holden from GiveWell to be the most salient point.

09NTC: Let’s Connect in San Fran!

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NetSquared’s Global Community Builder , Amy Sample Ward, will be at the NTC this year to connect and collaborate with friends, colleagues and new faces in the sector. Here’s how to find Amy and connect with NetSquared. NetSquared Office Hours. Have questions about NetSquared, Net Tuesdays or innovation Challenges? Intesreted to learn more about how NetSquared is connecting those at the intersection of social media and social change?

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DIY Online Collaboration: Wikis

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Software for creating wikis is easy to use and is available in both open-source and proprietary forms. The idea came from NetSquared community organizers who were eager to share their best practices and experiences and saw a wiki as the ideal platform. The TechSoup team is also impacted by these changes and to that end uses the wiki to share curated content from other sources that has informed their work.

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Mobile Innovations for Social Good


Amy Sample Ward, NetSquared. Recently, over 300 innovators and changemakers interested in the intersection of technology and social benefit work converged for a few days of idea-sharing, learning, and collaboration at NetSquared's annual conference. The 2009 N2Y4 Conference showcased the Featured Projects from NetSquared's Global Challenge focused on mobile technology. About NetSquared. To learn more about NetSquared or get involved, visit [link].

What Do You Want to See at Your NTC? Please Vote!

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Activating Your Community: Building a Network of Changemakers — Submitted by Eli van der Giessen, NetSquared community manager. Community Organizers Connect — Birgit Pauli-Haack, organizer of Tech4Good SWFL, a NetSquared-affiliated group. Three Affordable Solutions: Use Open Data and Open Source Data Science to Reach Your Goals — Submitted by Steve Nagoski, senior data scientist at TechSoup.

Change the Web Challenge from Social Actions is Here!

Amy Sample Ward

Originally posted on the NetSquared blog. The Change the Web Challenge from Social Actions is now officially open! Through a NetSquared Community vote, 20 finalists will be chosen. Individuals and organizations are invited to share their projects with the community through the NetSquared submission form.

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Great reads from around the web on December 15th

Amy Sample Ward

' Open Source Is Dead! Long Live Open Source! What I mean is that open source, as we knew it, is dead. For the last decade, what we've been talking about when we say "open source" is "open code" — a set of zeroes and ones that we can configure to our heart's desire." I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day.

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Ushahidi BRCK: Bringing Internet to the Developing World

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Here’s some news on a now famous NetSquared alumnus project. It is a nonprofit tech company that develops free and open-source software for information collection, visualization, and crowdsourced interactive mapping to help mitigate disasters. Ushahidi was a NetSquared Mashup Challenge winner in the fabled 2008 Netsquared conference in Santa Clara, California. I first heard about this from Marnie Webb, who co-founded NetSquared.

7 Ways You Can Connect at #16NTC

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TechSoup's NetSquared ( @netsquared ) community manager, Eli van der Giessen ( @elijah ), and Tech4Good SWFL organizer Birgit Pauli-Hack ( @bph ) are thrilled to offer this opportunity for online and offline community organizers to learn from each other! Three Affordable Solutions: Using Open Data and Open-Source Data Science to Reach Your Goals — Friday, March 25 — 10:30 a.m. Want to know if NetSquared is right for you?

Find an Awesome Nonprofit Tech Training Near You

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If there isn't a group nearby, we'll help you start your own NetSquared group. Check out our newest groups: * [NetSquared Abuja]([link] in Abuja, Nigeria --> --> What have NetSquared groups been up to recently? This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Kitchener, Ontario: Promoting Open Source. Abidjan, Ivory Coast: Abidjan NetSquared Monthly Meetup.

Open311: What Nonprofits and Public Libraries Can Gain from Open Government

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A few weeks ago, I attended a panel discussion on open government data. The event was presented by Twilio and Open 311 , one of the organizations leading the charge to make government data public, accessible, and usable. I've kind of become an open-data geek in the past few months, largely thanks to NetSquared's unconference at NTC. Suddenly, many opportunities open for new and better government services without the usual price tag.

Exciting Times for Social Actions

Amy Sample Ward

I have followed the development of Social Actions over the last few years and really believe in the work that Peter, Christine and the community have done to shape a collaborative, open tool that benefits so many people and organizations in all kinds of ways. We’re also seeing a range of creative proposals — for example Paul Lamb’s suggestions including stewardship by open source foundations or social entrepreneur funders, and a NetSquared-type transition campaign.

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