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Ushahidi launches interactive crisis reporting site for Haiti quake

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The team at Ushahidi have adapted their mobile platform for crisit reporting and mapping for use in the situation following the devastating earthquake in Haiti:

We encourage you to spread the word about this tool: Anyone in or outside of Haiti can use this tool via the web or on a mobile phone to make reports with voice, text or video; the reports will then be mapped and sources verified.  Ushahidi are hoping this adapted version of the tool, that's been used successfully in the recent Kenyan election crisis and the DRC war crisis, to help shepard people donation to relief efforts and mapping services to people urgently in need. 

TechSoup Webinar: Integrating Social Media With Your Website

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More and more nonprofits are exploring and finding benefits from using new social media tools like blogs, Facebook, and Twitter in their online communications. But while the tools themselves can be relatively straightforward to learn and adopt, many organizations struggle with how to effectively coordinate messaging and communications across their suite of online channels – from web and email, to blogs and social media, and beyond.

Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project: Last Call for Submissions

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vodafone wireless projectThere's just a couple weeks left to submit your project to the Vodafone Americas Foundation's second annual Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project, a competition to identify and reward the most promising advances in wireless related technologies, which can be used to solve critical problems around the globe. Submissions close February 1, 2010, with the final winners announced on April 19, 2010 at the annual Global Philanthropy Forum in Redwood City, CA, one of the Wireless Innovation Project's nonprofit partners.

TechSoup Webinar: An Overview of Website Accessibility

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Implementation of web accessibility can seem excessively complicated. In reality, the best accessibility practices dovetail with good overall usability, and are easy to implement via standard tools such as templates and cascading style sheets (CSS). This session will cover topics such as understanding the difference between various accessibility guidelines, avoiding common accessibility errors, when (and when not) to rely on automatic accessibility checkers, and unexpected populations that benefit from accessible websites.

This free webinar is best suited for individuals with some knowledge of HTML coding who are involved with ensuring that their organization's website is accessible.


Net2 Think Tank Round-Up: Best of 2009

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As a way to hold on a bit longer to 2009, this month's Net2 Think Tank asked for your best blog post from the year.  We know you wrote about some really interesting things, shared great ideas and even captured conversations and presentations on your blog or website this year.  And we want to put those great posts back in the spotlight one more time before 2010!


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