Free Speech & Mashups: 2 New NetSquared Conference Recordings Online

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We've got two new recordings from the NetSquared Conference up on the NetSquared podcast:

A Web More Woven: The Alchemy and Practicalities of Mashups with panelists:Tantek Çelik, Taylor McKnight, Chris Messina and Ian Kennedy (as the immoderator), and Turning Communication Technologies into Tools for Free Speech and Free Culture with panelists: Mike Linksvayer, Jason Schultz and Tara Hunt (as the Immoderator). 

Give 'em a listen this weekend.

Make Our Friday the 13th Lucky, Vote for NetSquared on SXSW

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The SXSW Interactive Panel Picker deadline is today!

Please consider voting for the panels that NetSquared has proposed:

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.

NpTech Tag Summary: Mold, Poetry, Research Reports, Videos, and More

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Moldy Toilet Paper: The Simplest Things in Life Were Changed by Katrina

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!

Google Maps to visualize the aggregated actions of supporters

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The NSPCC - a child protection charity in the UK - is using Google Maps in the latest phase of the hugely ambitious Full Stop campaign to end cruelty to children.

The "Be the Full Stop" website shows how the actions of individual fundraisers, donors, campaigners, volunteers link up across the country "to create an unstoppable force against child cruelty."

To get on the map, you sign up to the following statement: I believe child cruelty can be ended and I want to get on the map and take action now

Once on the map you can:

What makes up your economic backyard?

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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: Green Media Toolshed & the Media Volunteer Center

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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.

Sam Suds and the Case of PVC, The Poison Plastic

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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.

The nice folks at Free Range Studios whose Principal, Jonah Sachs, I interviewed for the Big Vision Podcast, wanted me to let folks know about a new 3-minute movie they've created for the Center for Health, Environment and Justice to teach people about the dangers of PVC called, Sam Suds and the Case of PVC, the Poison Plastic. I thought NetSquared readers would appreciate this example of using an Internet movie for advocacy.

NewsCloud Releases Its Open Media Web Services and API

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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's Web Services consist of more than 50 interfaces (APIs) for interacting with the NewsCloud Web site.  Notes Jeff in a recent email:


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