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Calling All Nonprofits: Its Time for a Privacy Upgrade

Submitted by Brett on Wed, 04/28/2010 - 7:23am

Nicole A. Ozer, ACLU of Northern California

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) is the federal law that is supposed to protect the privacy of electronic communications and personal information from inappropriate disclosure to government or third parties. But ECPA was enacted in 1986, when Ronald Reagan was President, cell phones were as big as your head, and the Web did not even exist.

Technology has changed dramatically since then, allowing us to easily move our activities and information online -- but since electronic privacy law hasn't kept up, the privacy protections for that information may not transition as smoothly.

Cloud computing is a prime example. If you use a software-based service or electronic storage company, depending on the terms of the cloud computing provider and the type of demand, your information might be handed over without judicial oversight and without you even knowing.

Have it Your Way, at a Price. Facebook Instant Personalization

Submitted by Holly on Fri, 04/23/2010 - 8:34am

Flicker photo: alanakFlicker photo: alanakWhat's the difference between magical and creepy? It's one of those "I know it when I see it" things -- and I can tell you that right now, I feel like I'm smack dab in the middle of a Tim Burton movie. It's hard for me to tell if I should be delighted or scared out of my wits. 

One of the things we all love about the social web is that it's so much easier to share than ever before. We're social creatures, we humans, and we love that we can peek in and comment on so many of our friends' lives so easily. Ask my husband: he stopped reading sports and gossip web sites and spends all his surfing time on Facebook now.  

What we've hated about the social web is how siloed all those conversations have been. For several years, what happened on Facebook stayed in Facebook. We clamored, even begged, for our social web experience to be more cohesive, to take our conversations and our "friends" wherever we went in the social web. "Mr.Zuckerberg," we cried, "tear down this wall!"

Full Throttle: The Only Way to Experience the Internet

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 04/20/2010 - 9:00am

Pop quiz, hotshots: On a scale of one to ten, how important is the Internet to your organization's ability to meet its mission? 

It's pretty high up there, right? A nine? A ten? In less than one generation, the Internet has gone from sci-fi to central to our daily lives. As nonprofits, we rely on the Internet to find and communicate information and build relationships with our supporters. 

Millions of emails. Millions of page views. Millions of Twitter updates. Not to be overly dramatic, but they are all at risk.

Ask the Expert: Is Your Internet Censored? Net Neutrality and Nonprofits

By now, the Internet is an essential part of meeting our missions. Every day, our sector sends millions of emails, our web sites receive millions of views, and we host hundreds of thousands of videos and podcasts  Learn more »

Open Data Kit: Mobile Phones for Social Change

Submitted by Holly on Thu, 04/15/2010 - 9:35am

Yaw AnokwaYaw AnokwaWhat's the first thing we need to create the change we want to see in our communities?

Sure, we need will, we need vision, we need money. We need a lot of things. But what we really need is data. We need to know what happened in the past, and what's happening now, to understand how to create our version of the future.

It seems like a simple thing: get out in the community, collect the data, do the math. But data collection can be painfully slow, and in some cases, lack of speed can mean the difference between life and death.

The explosion of mobile devices has allowed us to collect and analyze data with more accuracy and speed than we ever thought possible. But to fuel the speed, we need software that works on all kinds of phones, not just our fancy $400 phones. And we need that software to be flexible enough to work for any type of data collection.

2010 eBenchmarks Study Results: An Analysis of Online Advocacy and Fundraising

M+R Strategic Services and NTEN are excited to announce that we're releasing a new eNonprofit Benchmarks Study for 2010. We've analyzed online messaging, fundraising, and advocacy data from 32 leading nonprofit organizations, and we're ready to share key industry changes that should be on YOUR radar!  Learn more »

Activating Your YouTube Audience: Recording and links

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 03/23/2010 - 8:26am

Watching videos online is no longer a passive experience! In fact, you can now use YouTube features to drive actions and donations, create "Choose Your Own Adventure" style experiences, and make your video the talk of the web (quite literally). Ramya Raghavan of YouTube was kind enough to preview her upcoming 10NTC session, Activating Your YouTube Audience for us last week. You can watch the full presentation here:

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5 Questions: Bringing Community Organizing Into Online Campaigns

Submitted by Holly on Thu, 03/11/2010 - 1:27pm

Ed. Note: As we prepare for the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference, we wanted share a wee bit of the wisdom our speakers will be serving up, so as not to overwhelm you when you get to Atlanta. We're asking them all to share their answers to five very important questions.

Speaker: Debra Askanase, Community Organizing 2.0

Session: Bringing Community Organizing Into Online Campaigns

1. What's the most important trend in nonprofit technology for 2010?

To sum it up: the rise of mobile technology. I think that the rate of smartphone adoption worldwide will continue to grow tremendously, and with that, the rise of smartphone mobile apps and use. I believe that nonprofit organizations should begin to plan now for how they will utilize the mobile web for good (such as smartphone apps, mobile text campaigns, mobile fundraising strategy, and so much more). Understanding the implications and opportunities in the areas of mobile search, use, and technology will be important for nonprofit organizations in 2010, and beyond.

Public option or public voice? New online advocacy techniques from the health care reform debate

Just as the Obama presidential campaign gave us a whole new bag of online tricks for engagement and fundraising, the historic healthcare reform debate gave nonprofits the challenge to put those tricks in action - and create some new ones in the process.  In this session, we will hear from nonprofits who developed new techniques, some oldies but goodies and unique approaches to giving constitue Learn more »

Nonprofits and Broadband: Community Call Summary

Submitted by Holly on Tue, 09/08/2009 - 8:48am

In case you were wondering, we don't like the digital divide here at NTEN. In fact, we like it so little, we think every nonprofit has a responsiblity to work against it. It's an issue we care about deeply, so we're really excited about all the administration's moves to widen broadband access in the U.S.

We want you to be excited too, so we're going to try to make sure you know what's going on and how you can take part. To that end, we hosted a community call last week with Misty Perez from FreePress and Sheldon Mains. There are oodles of great links and resources below about everything from BTOP to Net Neutrality.

Peruse and enjoy, then take some action: