I'm really happy to tell you that we've finally nailed down a location, Hotel Nikko San Francisco, and new date, May 8 and 9, 2006 for the TechSoup NetSquared Conference. For those of you who had already saved our old dates (April 26/27), I apologize for the change - we couldn't find a good venue on those dates.
So, please save the new date, May 8 and 9, and please plan to come! It'll be a great conference.
A while back I wrote about Remember the Milk and Ta-da lists and lamented the fact that there wasn't an easy way to get the content onto a website. Of course, because they don't offer it, it doesn't mean that it can't be done.
I've been working head down for so long that I've forgotten to pull up and look around. My aggregator's groaning with the weight of items I want to share via the net2 tag. I'll tell the truth: I've been head down because I've been suffering from a little doubt.
We started this with, well, if you've been around for a while you remember the first version of this site. And in the labs here, we've been working hard to make our vision real -- a community coming together to share knowledge, build solutions and connect with one another. As I look around, it feels like it's starting to happen.
To meet the Millennium agenda for children, including the excluded and the invisible, the following is required:
A massive push is needed to boost access to essential services for those children and their families currently missing out. This includes immediate interventions - dubbed 'quick impact initiatives' - that can provide a vital kick-start to human development and poverty reduction.
Longer term initiatives that are rooted in a human rights-based approach to development - many of which are already underway - must be stepped up or launched at the same time as the immediate interventions, helping to ensure that the latter are as effective as possible. Building up national capacities, through strategies led by national governments and local communities, is the best way to ensure the sustainability of these initiatives over the longer term.
Deeper approaches must be taken that give special attention to the most vulnerable. This requires the participation of governments - through legislation, budgets, research and programmes - along with donors, international agencies, civil society, the media and the private sector to reach the children who are most at risk of missing out on the Millennium agenda.
Net Tuesday in San Francisco was lots of fun last night at the funky Balazo 18 Art Gallery in SF's Mission District with great presentations by Ed Batista, of Attention Trust and Seth Sternberg from Meebo. We'll have photos and podcasts from the night up soon.
Mark your calendars for the next Net Tuesday, January 10th (location TBA) and if you aren't in SF, but would like to host a Net Tuesday in your own city, contact our Net Tuesday coordinator, Gina Cardazone at gcardazone (AT) compumentor.org.
In a move with potentially far-reaching implications for the search market, Alexa Internet is opening up its huge web crawler to any programmer who wants paid access to its rich trove of internet data.
Alexa, a subsidiary of Amazon.com that is best known for its traffic rankings, on Monday unveiled Alexa Web Search Platform, a set of online tools for searching, indexing, computing, storing and publishing vast quantities of net data.
I manage a couple of projects in Europe. I work in San Francisco. The organizations in Europe donâ€™t have much money. My organization doesnâ€™t have much money. I had to find a way to communicate with everyone cheaply and easily, so of course I looked to open source solutions. Let me tell you about two I found and how they helped me overcome my communication challenges.
Youâ€™ve heard about it quite a bit recently. EBay bought the company (itâ€™s based in Luxembourg) so buyers and sellers on the EBay site could talk to one another.
I didnâ€™t have to buy the company, though, I just showed up at http://www.skype.com and downloaded their (then) Beta version, and I was ready to go. Here are the features that sold me on Skype.
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