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Dinner Before the Opening Reception at Netsquared

AgentHandy Erin Denny organized a pre-conference dinner to talk about how nonprofits can use social networking tools.   We had a great conversation about that with Ed, Bob, Dmitri, and Lucy.  Bob took notes with his portable keyboard and PDA -- hopefully he will blog the notes.

We attempted to exchange business cards with beaming, but unfortunately our devices would not talk to one another!

One cool thing I learned about that castingwords.com which does transcription of your recorded audio and returns it to you in an RSS feed so you can post it. (Ed told me about it.)   He explained the work flow: READ MORE

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Hip to be 'Squared'

BG.headshotHi I'm Bennett Grassano, CompuMentor's Director of Insitutional Development.  I've been on the inside of Netsquared from time to time, but I've somehow managed to avoid it's blogospheric vortex until now. Since my title often confuses people much smarter than me, I should tell you that, although I've punched the clock as a Web Developer in the past, most of the "Development" I do these days is program and fundraising development for CompuMentor and TechSoup. The "Institutions" I work with are primarily foundations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. At a certain point I realized that I'm much more fluent in the English language than I'll ever be in PHP or Ruby--hence the slight change in title over the years. READ MORE

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WineCamp quick report

There's more to come, but here's a quick look at what happened this weekend prior to NetSquared.  My blog entry also links to aggregated tags where you should be able to find other report backs.  And of course, always feel free to corner anyone who looks tanned, a little fried and really happy (as opposed to the ones who are fried, happy and but slighly more pale - those are the CompuMentor folks who've been working through the night to make NetSquared happen...)

Greg READ MORE

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Tim Bishop Intro -- How to use online tools to facilitate offline action?

Hi. My name is Tim Bishop. I've worked in emerging technology since early PC days, and I have long been interested in harnessing computer and communications technology's power to reduce barriers to dissemination of information and to facilitate advocacy and organizing.

I got re-involved in politics and organizing after the debacle of the 2000 election, and I started writing my first blog in 2001. In 2003 I started a non-profit blog/web site, SARS Watch Org, and recruited citizen journalists in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore and Canada to document the spread of SARS, and its effects on ordinary citizens. In 2004, I worked on Advokit, an open-source grassroots web-based voter contact management system, and supported a variety of groups using it to get out the vote in the 2004 elections.

After the elections I started working at a leading provider of online constituent relationship management services to non-profits and advocacy organizations. By day, I try to find ways to partner with other service and software providers to deliver better services to our non-profit and advocacy clients, and at night and weekends I contribute to open source software projects, prepare to teach a class on blogging, and try to find time to blog. More about me at TimBishop.com READ MORE

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Video Profile: Jeff Perlstein

Jeff Perlstein is Director of Media Alliance, a nonprofit media reform and social justice advocacy organization. Jeff discusses his organization's use of Internet technologies to further their mission. Video Profile: Jeff Perlstein

This video is part of NetSquared's video profile series. You can subscribe to this RSS feed with your favorite video catcher, such as iTunes, Democracy or FireAnt. READ MORE

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Open source screenreader

I have made it to sunny California the night before the conference - very exciting!  Two things are on my mind.  The first is to find my dear friend Jayne Cravens who I don't get to see much of since she moved to Germany...but she will be here at the conference - yay! 

 And the other very exciting thing is that I have had some great exchanges with people in anticipation of the sessions - and specifically the idea of getting some input and brainstorming around the issue of disability access to these new technologies. READ MORE

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Web 2.0 and Africa

Connectivity and ICTs in developing countries are contextualised by the “digital divide”. More than ten years ago, at a G-7 conference on the information society in February 1995 in Brussels, then deputy president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, pointed out that there were more telephone lines in Manhattan than in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. "Half of humanity has never made a telephone call," he said.

Although mobile communication and other applications are changing the telecommunications environment in Africa, given the topic of this session, the “digital divide” can be summarised as follows: READ MORE

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Why your org would want to read RSS feeds: an interview with Robyn DuePree of Bloglines

Robyn DuePree is the Senior Product Manager at Bloglines, an Ask.com company and one of the most popular RSS feed reading services online. In the following interview Robyn and I discussed the reasons why an organization would want its members to use a feed reader. Robyn will be leading a live online chat during the Net Squared conference on Wednesday. READ MORE

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How Not to Lose Your Net2 Blog Posts

It has been great to have people post introductions of themselves on this blog.  Unfortunately, a few people have lost their posts because Drupal doesn't allow you to save drafts.

If you are writing a long, juicy post with lots of links that would be a drag to reconstruct, try using a blog editor like Notepad, Performancing, Wbloggar, or Ecto to write your post, and then post it on Net2.  If you write for another blog that allows you to save posts as drafts, you may want to write the post in that program, and then paste it into the Net2 blog when you're done. READ MORE

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Dinner: Open source computing, Monday eve

Hi, folks,

I'm a brand-new Technology Analyst at CompuMentor, and I'm excited to be working and attending the Netsquared conference this week.  My on-site participation will begin with a hosted discussion-focused dinner about open-source computing, held at the Tomatina Santa Clara restaurant at 3127 Mission College Blvd. in, you guessed it, Santa Clara, California.  We'll start at 5PM and wind up by 7PM.

Some helpful links: 

Reviews at Yelp.com READ MORE