Open Source Means Strong Security

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

“Your secure software is open source: doesn’t that make it less secure?” We strongly believe not only that open source is compatible with digital security, but that it’s also essential for it. The open source way moves us all towards that goal.

6 Reasons Open Source Makes Sense

3rd Sector Labs

We talk a lot about Open Source technology (and we use it quite extensively too) so it might make sense for us to take a moment and explain why we are such advocates. Affordability – Open Source is free of licensing fees.

Open Community and Nonprofit Techies

NetWits

They’re doing a virtual book tour exploring concepts from Open Community : a little book of big ideas for associations navigating the social web. Why did you write Open Community? So, what is “Open Community?”. How does Open Community affect NPTechies?

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7 Habits of Highly Successful Technology Partnerships

Connection Cafe

When you decide to integrate new technology in your organization, you may have a good idea about what you want that technology to do, you may even have leads about who makes it – but how can you be sure you’ve found the perfect partner to initiate and implement new solutions for your organization?

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Overview

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Since I wrote my post on “Open Source vs. Proprietary&# last week, and especially after Thomas Taylor’s very apt comment that the battle is not over in many corners, I decided that, well, what the heck, it was a good time to write a series about open source software options, and their comparisons to proprietary, in 2011, more than 12 years after this whole thing started. Comparisons of open source vs. proprietary development environments (i.e.

The Power of Open

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However, Songbird has emerged, like many open source projects do, as a mature, stable, and, in Songbird’s case, a truly awesome application, because of the incredible extensibility of the Mozilla framework (and the talent of the Songbird developer community.). Songbird screen.

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How Open Source Sparks Innovation and Advances Social Good

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Adopting an open source philosophy has proven to be quite effective for us at Benetech in our work furthering technology-for-good. I recently had the opportunity to give an interview for Red Hat’s online magazine, Opensource.com , and discuss Benetech’s culture of “open.” Ultimately, we believe that open source is more about transparency and innovation than about releasing software. The open source methodology also helps stimulate innovation.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Nonprofit CRM

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CRM (which I am defining rather loosely, rather than tightly, for the purpose of this post – as the tool or set of tools used to track constituents, donations, perhaps even events and volunteers) are arguably the most important technology tools that nonprofits use. And, in my experience over the past 15 years, it’s where organizations are willing to spend the most money on technology – often more than on their website or other technology tools – for good reason.

Open Source vs. Proprietary. Who won?

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This epic battle between Open Source software (or Free software) and proprietary software is coming to a close. Speaking of Apple and FOSS, Apple’s OS X and iOS are based on the BSD operating system – another open source *NIX that has been around for a while. This is both made possible by open source software, and is completely proprietary. Open source software has won. It underlies the bulk of the current technologies we use everyday.

Diversity and Open Source

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It comes out of Kirrily Robert’s keynote at OSCON about women and open source. of open source communities. Some open source communities are more diverse than others. In her keynote, Kirrily talks about two open source projects, Archive of Our Own and Dreamwidth that have a majority of women involved, which is rather unusual. Kirrily has a set of really good guidelines for open source communities: Recruit diversity.

Diversity and Open Source

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

It comes out of Kirrily Robert’s keynote at OSCON about women and open source. of open source communities. Some open source communities are more diverse than others. In her blog post, Kirrily talks about two open source projects, Archive of Our Own and Dreamwidth that have a majority of women involved, which is rather unusual. Kirrily has a set of really good guidelines for open source communities: Recruit diversity.

Unlocking Technology-for-Good Innovation

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

At Benetech, we advance technology applications that empower and protect underprivileged populations, and that also have the potential to become financially self-sustaining enterprises. For example, we expect to conduct the Labs openly, so that anyone can see what’s in our pipeline.

Designing Your Nonprofit Culture for Successful Technology Implementations

Connection Cafe

bbcon 2016 , the conference where technology and social good meet, featured a session from Alan Levine, a senior consultant at Barker & Scott Consulting. During Alan’s session, he really focused on the importance of organization culture in technology projects.

Open Social != Open Data

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Open Social != Open Data November 8, 2007 As the hype (which, I agree I have contributed to ) around OpenSocial dies down, the reality behind OpenSocial becomes clear. Tim O’Reilly has a bang-on post about the fact that OpenSocial does not mean that users can have data portability.

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SaaS vs. Open Source

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology SaaS vs. Open Source September 24, 2008 I just finished writing a post for the Idealware blog about choosing SaaS vs. Open source. I said in that post: At one level, whether or not the software underneath the SaaS is open source is not relevant. SaaS is not, by definition either proprietary or open source.

News in open source and open standards

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology News in open source and open standards April 3, 2008 Here’s a few interesting tidbits gleaned from the net: It appears that Microsoft’s bid to get Office Open XML, their new office standard did get through ISO. Venture capitalists are liking open source more and more.

Leveraging Crowdfunding Technology for Cause Marketing

Connection Cafe

Fink of BlackRock sent an open letter to CEOs letting them know that BlackRock will no longer support them unless they start contributing to society. Nonprofit Fundraising crowdfunding crowdfunding technology csr nonprofit marketing

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Open content business models

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Open content business models December 1, 2007 I’m at the Open Translation event, and we’ve just had a great session on open content business models. I’ve been interested in issues of how we sustain open content for a long while.

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Leveraging Crowdfunding Technology for Cause Marketing

Connection Cafe

Fink of BlackRock sent an open letter to CEOs letting them know that BlackRock will no longer support them unless they start contributing to society.

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Mind Games: Using Psychology to Increase Email Open Rates

Byte Technology

So how does an organization get people to open their emails rather than instantly relegate them to the virtual trash bin? Consider these four tricks for increasing email open rates by tapping into the inner psyche we all possess. •

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

Amy Sample Ward

Around the time of the Nonprofit Technology Network ’s 2008 NTC conference, an even brighter light bulb went on. I wrote a blog post called, Mashups, Open APIs, and the Future of Collaboration in the Nonprofit Tech Sector. And what does “Linked Open Data” refer to?

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Platforms break open!

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Platforms break open! One of the wonderful things that has happened since I wrote the Open API whitepaper way back in January, is that finally, vendors are realizing how important openness really is, and are beginning to implement things in a big way. Open has 3 components, APIs, Database Connectors, and Extensions.

Six Best Practices from the NGO Technology Report

Connection Cafe

The 2018 Global NGO Technology Report provides insight on the online and mobile communication tools NGOs around the world use to promote general awareness, communicate with core audiences and raise funds from donors, as well as an analysis of those online tools and comparisons of regional usage.

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5 Ways Nonprofits Can Harness Mobile Technology In 2018

Everyaction

More than half of emails are opened on a mobile device , so mobile optimization should not stop with your website. We’ve all opened an email on our phones, only to find an image so large that the screen must be zoomed out to see fully, making the text too hard to read.

Opening the Doors to Technology for Older Donors : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success

AFP Blog

Opening the Doors to Technology for Older Donors : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success: "As you know, my in-laws and their contemporaries are who many nonprofits have depended upon as their core supporter base for years: older peopleOpens in a new window with a concern for the causes and a little disposable income.

Open Social Networks

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Open Social Networks November 5, 2007 As I’ve mentioned before, there has been a lot of thought and interest in the issue of opening up social networks, outside of what has been, until last week, totally closed silos. I linked to a great thought piece a while back on opening up the social graph (that is, your network of friends.)

Open Source for Nonprofits: Programs to Try (Part 2)

Tech Soup Blog

One of the best ways to gauge whether open source would work for your organization is to look at some actual examples. To read about how open-source software might benefit your nonprofit or public library, check out part one of this series.

Free and open source tool #15: MPower Open CRM

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Free and open source tool #15: MPower Open CRM April 14, 2008 I am so far behind, it’s not funny. My goal is to catch up by the end of this month, so that I’ll still be on track to make it to 100 free and open source tools by December. And, it’s got completely open APIs.

Reaping the Benefit of Open Platforms

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As a full-time user of both Firefox and Thunderbird, I’m really enjoying the benefits of these open platforms, and the immense creativity of people who create add-ons.

Open Source Feminism?

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Open Source Feminism? She’s got some great video blogging, including a short one on “ open source feminism.&# Although women were only 25% of the Penguin Day attendees, that’s actually pretty darned good for open source related events.

French Billionaire Opens Tuition-Free School in Silicon Valley - Bloomberg

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French Billionaire Opens Tuition-Free School in Silicon Valley - Bloomberg : "Based on the model Niel launched in France in 2013, the U.S.-based based non-profit will grow to 10,000 students within the next five years, the school said, allowing the institution to train information technology talent in large numbers." 'via

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Does Your Technology Match Your Culture?

SocialFish

Let’s say you discover this cool new technology that you think is going to make a big difference in the performance of your organization. When you evaluate the technology, have you given thought to how your existing organizational culture will react to it?

Nonprofit Technology Conference Session Hot Picks! #18NTC

SocialFish

Are you going to the 2018 Nonprofit Technology Conference (#18ntc)? You may have heard that session voting is open. Activism in the era of Trump: How nonprofits can respond to a mobilized base and the technology that’s empowering them.

Ubuntu open week

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Ubuntu open week November 26, 2006 Next week is Ubuntu Open Week , a series of events and classes about Ubuntu Linux , and for people interested in getting involved in Ubuntu.

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Open versus Proprietary: Choosing the Right Content Management System

Byte Technology

And in recent years, CMSs have been divided into two main categories—the “Open Source” and “Proprietary: systems—because, as is so true on the Internet of today, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. For open-source options, perhaps the most well known operating today is WordPress, free for its basic version and still very affordable if you choose to upgrade features.

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Movable Type goes Open Source

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Movable Type goes Open Source December 13, 2007 This is old news, sort of. A ways back, Six Apart promised that it would open source MovableType , their flagship software product, and the software that underlies their TypePad service. They are really putting their money where their mouth is, in terms of working toward more openness.

Trainer’s Notebook: Tips for Good Openings

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My role in the project is to the facilitate the training sessions, design the overall training, facilitate openers and closings, help prep the curriculum, and deliver modules on digital strategy and social media. A Good Training Starts with A Good Opening.

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Leveraging Impact through Technology (LIT)

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This last September, Benetech won a 3 million dollar award over one year from OSEP for a project we call Leveraging Impact through Technology, or, very appropriately, LIT. Here’s a glimpse at what we’re delivering: Open-content, publicly available and freely shared image descriptions and reusable graphical models to improve accessibility of NIMAC textbooks and Common Core content (this is so cool, I'm going to write another blog just on this aspect: look for the Triple Play blog!)

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Open Source Feminism: An Intervention with Wikipedia

NTEN

The internet is powered by open source technology—exciting software that's built collaboratively from the bottom-up. Open source is meant to be free and equal, but then why do men continue to dominate open source sites like Wikipedia? The idea that technology is not neutral is a heavy one. community Community feminism Open Source Open Source sarah mirk Wikipedia Communications Sarah Mirk. Online Editor. B h Magazine.

Platforms break open, part II

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Platforms break open, part II October 18, 2007 The dust is settling. I looked over Allan Benamer’s post on the Convio and Kintera initiatives, I looked harder at the Convio Open and Kintera Connect docs, and I also had a chat with some Kintera folk. Those shine as industry-standard examples of how open API s need to be distributed.

An Open (Online) Book: What SB 272 Means for California Public Records

Byte Technology

Today, the effects from FOIA continue as state and local entities strive to maintain an openness that would have been unheard of before Johnson’s act. The post An Open (Online) Book: What SB 272 Means for California Public Records appeared first on Byte Technology’s Web Design Insights Blog.

5 Ways To Boost Nonprofit Email Opens

TechImpact

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, how else cna your nonprofit increase its open rate on email campaigns? The post 5 Ways To Boost Nonprofit Email Opens appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology. It’s been said before, so we’ll only say it one more time. Your nonprofit MUST be writing engaging, clickable subject lines on all of its email communication.

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How to deal with technology change

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I saw a call for a ColdFusion developer on an email list I’m on, and I couldn’t help but think about technology choice and change, particularly in the website world, and how nonprofits deal with technology change (or, don’t deal with it.) But this article isn’t about CF, it’s about technology change. Technology is a rapidly moving beast. They are resistant to rapid changes in their technology, as well they should be.