Recent Blog Posts


About time for a new About page

Thanks to all of you, the focus of Net2 gets clearer and clearer in response to the community's interests and needs. And at the same time, we've grown by leaps and bounds (as many of you know from taking part in the community, uploading case studies, checking out the resource centers and listening to the podcast).

So we've responded with a brand new, totally overhauled About page. It's an at-a-glance overview of our entire community, and a great activity hub for beginners. Seasoned hands will want to give it a look, too; you may well find a cool little corner of our Net2 world that you've overlooked until now.

Check it out here. READ MORE


Politicizing your handset: an interview with Katrin Verclas of MobileActive

Katrin Verclas coordinates the secretariat of MobileActive, a global network of activists and campaigners using mobile phones for civic action and engagement. MobileActive is a project of the Green Media Toolshed.

Mobiles have been used around the world to ensure impartial elections through monitoring, mobilize massive collective action to free political prisoners, and advance public health strategies. READ MORE


Photos and stories from DC NetSquared meetup

Still enjoying the buzz from another great meetup last night here in our nation's capitol. Not only did we have a much, much improved location, but we also had an impressive turnout and two great speakers -- Jeff Regen from Defenders of Wildlife and Rosalyn Lemieux from 

Check out the roundup that Usha posted here, and then flip through our latest photos (don't worry, we were much happier than some of the photos might suggest)... Any others i'm missing? READ MORE


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


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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