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The Conversations Network

I was introduced to the Conversations Network this week as a place for nonprofits to distribute their audio content for free. Here is some info. about them from their site:

The Conversations Network (a California non-profit corporation) captures presentations, processes the recordings, and publishes them online for free under Creative Commons licenses.

We offer two web-based services that share a common infrastructure:

• The first is a curated, magazine-style network of channels based on the already successful IT Conversations model. By the end of 2006, we'll have more than a dozen channels and we'll be publishing more than 60 programs each week.


Create a hallway for your web site with Gabbly

We've been playing with a new tool, Gabbly, as a possible means to run live chat on the NetSquared site during the conference. Gabbly lets you add a chat window to any web page on the Internet, simply by typing "" in front of any URL. For example, you could chat with other folks reading the NetSquared blog by typing in the URL "" -- check it out!

Gabbly keeps the last 18 messages in the chat room visible to anyone joining the room; and as long as you keep the chat windown open, you'll see ALL the messages typed since you logged in (plus the up-to-18 that were then when you arrived). And since Gabbly generates an RSS feed for each chat room, you can archive the chat about any web page by aggregating it back onto that page (as long as your web site has a built-in tool for aggregating RSS feeds). READ MORE


Net Tuesday Houston - Social Software, Barcamp, Refresh Houston discussion

Houston NetSquared May Meetup The May Houston Netsquared meetup was a nice laidback evening of technology discussion and a little red wine.  READ MORE


Net Tuesday LA - Immigrant Rights and Technology

I'm happy to report that our first LA Net Tuesday was a success - we had an interesting diversity of attendees and a presentation from on their live streaming video of the May 1 immigrant rights demonstrations. People who came were a mix of nonprofit folks (California Association of Nonprofits, Asian Pacific American Legal Center), freelance programmers and technologists, people working in the for-profit technology sector interested in social change (Yahoo, NetworkLive) and politics (LA Councilmember Garcetti's Communications Director). We were a small enough group to have an interesting discussion about the role of technology in the organization, documenting, and analysis of the May 1 demonstrations - as well as our responsibilities as technologists to be aware of and try to minimize the digital divide. We had fun discussing the role that had in organizing student protests, brainstorming tools we need to better filter information to support progressive debate, and thinking about how linguistic differences limit the adaptation of progressive technology solutions for immigrant communities. We talked a little about topic ideas for another session, and people seemed interested in coming up with a project or goal for the group (maybe helping to do communications training for students organizing on immigrant rights issues?). Come to the next event and find out more - we may move out to the west side for our next meeting... READ MORE


Video Profile: JD Lasica

JD Lasica is the Executive Director and co-founder of, the nonprofit video and audio hosting community. JD talks a bit about how OurMedia empowers people to create their own media.

Video Profile: JD Lasica

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


Google Trends Labs Search

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NTEN Email Survey-- take a moment

Shape the big picture of the Certified Email Debate!  Help us discover how paying for email delivery would impact your organization and the sector by taking a brief survey:

AOL and Yahoo! have recently announced plans to utilize Goodmail's CertifiedEmail program. The announcement has generated controversy, both within the general Internet community and amongst nonprofit emailers. An Open Letter signed by groups including, Democracy in Action, and the EFF criticized the plan for creating a two-tiered Internet, with poorer service for those who did not pay the "email tax." An announcement by AOL that nonprofits would be offered free accreditation services did not end the protests. At the same time, organizations such as the American Red Cross have welcomed the Goodmail system as a way to avoid the phishing attacks and fraud in which well-known organiza tions such as the Red Cross have been targeted. READ MORE


Net2Builders Call to Action: Write for the Net2 Blog

Each Wednesday I post a Call to Action on the Net2Builders group and to the Net2 blog so check it out and answer the call!  READ MORE


YouTube for political candidates

The video sharing service YouTube is everywhere. After showing almost a million people the Colbert Bush roast before C-Span demanded they remove the video from their site, this week the company announced they would be accepting video uploads from cell phones and other mobile devices. Bloglines announced today that they would be adding flash-support so you can watch things like YouTube videos directly in your feed reader. I know there are critiques of YouTube and alternatives to it - but it's got a whole lot of momentum right now.

But this is the coolest YouTube news I've seen so far today. A video like this can be spread by clicking on the YouTube logo on the bottom right, then copying the embed code from the site onto your web page of choice. This has a lot of potential.

This via Jason Calacanis of AOL. READ MORE


Internet Access

How do you plan to deal with the problem of expensive internet access? READ MORE