A Look at NGOs Serving Seniors & Technology Today from the White House Conference on Aging

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Technology and seniors is topic of the newest blog at the White House Conference on Aging portal. The author, SeniorNet's director Kristin Fabos, recounts her experiences last week in Seoul speaking at the 2005 International Conference for Bridging the Digital Divide. She also paints a picture that's closer to home:

<blockquote>According to the 2004 PEW Internet and American Life Project research, only 25% of adults 65+ have Internet access… Medicare Part D, which goes into effect on January 1, 2006, requires online registration. For something as important as Medicare benefits, to require online registration for a population where only 25% is online…What about the other 75%?</blockquote>

Nonprofits and Flickr

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Micah Sifry had an interesting post last week about how MoveOn has used Flickr to organize their members' photos of events and its added benefits:

"Apart from being able to save server space and involve volunteers, MoveOn’s engagement with Flickr has had some unexpected benefits that come precisely from using a platform that is designed to push power to the users." Kane recalls, “One of our campaigners wanted a slideshow of photos from a recent action and was able to put it together himself, just by selecting the tags he was interested in and using the Flickr slideshow app.” He adds, “It's also made finding pictures for the MoveOn homepage and other materials a snap -- MoveOn staff can easily browse photos by campaign or time period.”

New Mapping Tools Open a World of Possibilities

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Good visualizations of data probably light up entirely different synapses in the brain than almost anything else.  I have long wondered just how truly useful they are, though.  Over the past few weeks, I've been convinced that online maps in particular are a very important development.

GoogleMaps is a powerful new tool that people all around the world are utilizing for a wide variety of projects.  The system is highly functional, integrates data and imagery beautifully and is very nice to look at at the same time.  It is also very welcoming for people who want to manipulate maps to visualize their data. 

Of NetSquared, the Well, the Moment...and the Wikipedia Bustup

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Net2 has a particular, personal resonance for me.

I started CompuMentor in 1987 after spending time on the Well, one of the first online communities. I met Howard Rheingold and John Coate there, and a bunch of other really smart people. Most importantly, at least from my standpoint, was that the Well seemed to me an inflection point, a new game in town, a "moment".  

It wasn't about the technology. For me, it's never about the technology. It was about social relations. You could talk to people in a different way; there was a different resonance to the conversation and because of that, different resources could be 'liberated' for social change. CompuMentor--which was based on the simple idea that we could create a viable structure for high level, in person technology volunteering at nonprofit sites--was an attempt to act on that idea.

Update From The NetSquared Crew: Net Tuesday

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We'd like to invite you all to join us for our second Net Tuesday event in San Francisco! It will be held on Tuesday, December 13 at Balazo Gallery (2183 Mission Street @ 18th St. Doors open at 6 pm.

Ed Batista, Executive Director of Attention Trust, will show you how to stand up for your attention rights, while Seth Sternberg will demo web-based IM app Meebo.

Come and mingle with Bay Area web innovators and social change agents for demos,
discussions and drinks! Email for more details on how to join the movement to remix the web for social change.

Voices for Peace and 501c3cast

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Two new case studies have been added to NetSquared in Action over the last couple days:

New Orleans Voices for Peace, a group providing Internet access, website hostng, media development and training for partnering organizations and communities affected by the Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

501c3cast Podcast for Nonprofits, an independent podcast for and about nonprofit professionals, volunteers and people who are interested in the nonprofit sector.


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