Open Source Computing for People Up on Net2 Podcast

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Wahoo!  We were finally able to upload an audio file from the conference to the .  Hopefully more will follow soon.  If anyone has a direct contact at Odeo, I'd love to be able to speak to someone voice to voice to work out some of the challenges we've been having.

The files are big, so we've divided the session into a and a .  You can read more about the session . The panel included , , and as the moderator.

Double the Net Tuesday fun in DC and SF and Online Tonight

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We've got three NetSquared Meetups happening tonight. One on each coast and one in the comfort of your own home.

The will be getting together tonight at 7 PM at the Science Club (1136 19th St NW).  Ryan Ozimek, CEO of , will be speaking,  Picnet will be releasing soon, an open source software to help campaigns manage online communities and messaging.

Envision Hawai‘i, ChipIn and Social eCommerce

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Just got back from vacation in Hawai'i and am still feeling the Aloha spirit, so I thought I'd write a post about Hawaiian nonprofits using the social web for social change.  Let me know if you know of any 'cause I didn't find any examples, but I did come across from last summer.  Carnet started Community Networking Technologies (which later became ) and went on to help start as a board member, and co-founded .  He and his wife moved to Hawai'i a few years ago.  You can check out his blog at .

Coincidentally, he is also involved with a Hawaiian startup called , which I found through a June 28th  interview from the Honolulu Times about , who in addition to co-founding ChipIn, is involved with , a network of young people, "working to make careers out of making a difference in Hawai‘i."

New CollectiveX group: Hacking Society: Discuss ways of leveraging technology to assist and support a better world

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I am a undergraduate computer science student, who is passionate about software. I've always had a desire to see the great potential of technology unleashed to improve the world, and maybe even move us closer to some sort of utopia. I dont know if this is possible, and sometimes its hard to even define the utopia perfectly. So I have opened a group on We will utilize the great technology that makes up CollectiveX to discuss, brainstorm, and plan how we can grow this plan further.

Invite yourself to the group with this link:

Mixed reality for nonprofits in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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As an adjunct to the , the Ethos Roundtable will be holding a y gathering based in .

The Ethos Roundtable is an informal group of people who are interested in using technology tools to support positive social change.  We meet once a month, usually in the same location as (and just prior to) the .

But next Tuesday's meeting will be special:

Getting in the game on OpenID standards: A conversation with Kaliya Hamlin, Identity Woman

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From Kaliya's Flickr accountLate last month the MIT Media Lab hosted a party for the launch of the . The system is one of several aiming to create a long-term way of identifying individuals and organizations across different contexts.

Curious about what it all meant, I knew of no one better to ask than Identity Woman, Kaliya Hamlin. She told me that the identity standards landscape is forming quickly, with the participation of organizations large and small, and that it's important for nonprofits to engage in the process now instead of struggling to change policies and technologies later.

EasyJournal makes blogging accessible

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We saw a bunch of cool new tools at the conference.  It seemed like blogging was a very big deal for attendees thinking in new ways about communicating their mission-based work.  I was inspired to become hyper-alert to identifying accessible, equivalent tools and communication methods.  In that spirit, I offer as a tool that meets accessibility standards, but more importantly that opens up the blogging experience for millions.  The most well-known blogging tools may create accessible pages - usually mostly text, after all. The problem comes when someone - the student at the school for the blind, perhaps or the personnel administrator with quadriplegia - who can't use a mouse tries to post a blog.  It doesn’t work well.  It is difficult, perhaps impossible for the person with a disability to have the blogging experience using well-known tools because thecontent creation interface is not accessible.  The interface for EasyJournal was designed with accessibility in mind, however and you might consider trying it.  It’s free, it’s accessible, and it requires no additional software.

Using new tools in non-tech orgs: an interview with Seth Mazow of Interplast

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Seth Mazow is the Communications and Technology Coordinator at , a Mountain View, California based organization that provides free reconstructive surgery in developing countries for children who suffer physically or emotionally from a congenital deformity or injury.

Mazow has been using a variety of new web tools to advance Interplast's mission, most notably and audio interviews recorded over . In the following interview Seth and I talked about his experiences in bringing these technologies into an NGO that is non-technical in its focus.


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