So that you don't have to scroll through all 192 proposals, in the Community category we proprosed:
The Web to the Rescue: Net-centric Approaches to Disaster Recovery From tsunamis, earthquakes and hurricanes, to terror attacks and armed conflicts, global disasters dominate our news feeds and devastate lives. How have internet technologists quickly organized collective responses? Why is the social web uniquely positioned to take on this challenge? Public-private collaborations are also playing an increasing role in mobilizing people and resources. Let’s discuss the success stories, the obstacles, lessons learned, and where the web-based road to disaster recovery is heading.
Browsing through this week's NPtech Tag Stream of 134 items found a story about mold and nonprofits, but also a few good research reports, some newly discovered voices in the nonprofit technology space, more talk about web videos, and poetry. And, of course, more tool talk and tips!
The consumer federation of America in 2000 stated that roughly 64% of Americans were living pay check to pay check. This was prior to 9/11 after 9/11 the FED said they were going to provide liquidity. Which means they were going to print more money. This is inflation. Now what percentage of American do you believe are living pay check to pay check?
In 2000 30 percent of our national workforce was working as temporary labor workers. Typically minimum wage with no benefits. As of 2003 the Business Examiner was quoted as saying that the temp labor industry is now generating over $80 billion in the US.
Net Tuesday DC is happening next Tuesday, October 17th at 7 PM at Affinity Lab (22451 18th St., NW 2nd Floor). Their speaker, Marty Kearns, the co-founder and Executive Director of Green Media Toolshed, will be talking about "crowd-sourcing" and the Media Volunteer Center, which asks volunteers to give 15 minutes to help maintain a Media Contact Database for nonprofits. You can check out Marty's blog at Network-Centric Advocacy.
Did you know that new car smells and new shower curtain smells are from poisonous chemicals off-gassing from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic? Or that children can be exposed to phthalates, poisonous chemicals that PVC releases, by chewing on vinyl toys? I sure didn't. Even more disturbing, PVC plants are disproportionately located in low-income communities and communities of color.
Jeff Reifman has announced the release of NewsCloud Web Service and APIs as part of the effort to make it into a fully open platform for media distribution. His intent is to enhance citizen journalism efforts by helping developers embrace and extend their work. The NewsCloud web services will allow other community developers to easily interact and expand the stories and features at NewsCloud.com.
NewsCloud's Web Services consist of more than 50 interfaces (APIs) for interacting with the NewsCloud Web site. Notes Jeff in a recent email: