Cool Gov 2.0 sites you don’t know about Web 2.0-fueled resources to help each other as citizens Target audience: Political activists, change agents, NGOs, nonprofits, social change organizations, educators, librarians, citizens. It’s become a cliché to be skeptical of what government can do for society. But there’s a burgeoning movement called Government 2.0, the term for attempts to apply the social networking and integration advantages of Web 2.0 to the practice of government. Non-profit technology Nonprofit technology is the deliberative use of technology by nonprofit organizations to maximize potential in numerous areas, primarily in supporting the organization mission and meeting reporting requirements to funders and regulators. Types of technology do not differ between nonprofit and for profit organizations. Nonprofit technology is differentiated by specific strategies and purposes. Numerous nonprofit organizations approach technology with an emphasis on cost effectiveness due to limited budgets. Information technology in particular offers low-cost solutions for non profits to address administrative, service and marketing needs.
Let’s Celebrate Google’s Biggest Failures! “We celebrate our failures,” Google CEO Eric Schmidt said yesterday when speaking at the Techonomy confernce, in response to the surprise closure of his company’s Google Wave product. When it comes to failures, Google’s celebrating more than you might realize. Some believe that anything Google touches is golden. Yesterday’s closure of Google Wave is another reminder of how this isn’t so. Better Googling One of the greatest strengths of the world’s most widely used Internet search engine is also one of its greatest weaknesses: comprehensiveness. For example, a search using the keyword poverty results in almost 90,000,000 results, which is far too many for any individual person to sort through. Granted, Google ranks the links that it returns according to a proprietary algorithm so that the most relevant results are listed first. But instead of relying on that algorithm, why not learn specific strategies to narrow down your search results in order to get the results most relevant to what you specifically need? The trick is to add site:*.sc.gov to the query where site: specifies which Web site (or sites) you want to search. In this case, I also used the wild card * before sc.gov so that any site run by the state government will be included.
Gov 2.0 Summit 2010 - Co-produced by UBM TechWeb & O'Reilly Conferences, September 07 - 08, 2010, Washington, DC Watch Gov 2.0 Summit presentations and other interviews » News & Coverage See all » Government as a Platform Gov 2.0 Summit brings together innovators from government and the private sector to highlight technology and ideas that can be applied to the nation’s great challenges. In areas as diverse as education, health care, energy, jobs, and financial reform, there are unique opportunities to rethink how government agencies perform their mission and serve our citizens. Information and communication technologies for development Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) refers to the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the fields of socioeconomic development, international development and human rights. The theory behind this is that more and better information and communication furthers the development of a society. Aside from its reliance on technology, ICT4D also requires an understanding of community development, poverty, agriculture, healthcare, and basic education. This makes ICT4D appropriate technology and if it is shared openly open source appropriate technology. Richard Heeks suggests that the I in ICT4D is related with “library and information sciences”, the C is associated with “communication studies", the T is linked with “information systems", and the D for “development studies”. It is aimed at bridging the digital divide and aid economic development by fostering equitable access to modern communications technologies. History
Rdio Gaga: How Spotify’s Inferior Rival Is Playing America Like A Violin Poor old Spotify. Less than a week after Billboard magazine reported that the music-on-demand service had “rebooted” its negotiations with US labels, rival service Rdio has just opened its doors in both the US and Canada, proudly boasting deals with many of those same labels. So what gives? podPress podPress adds a lot of features designed to make WordPress the ideal platform for hosting a podcast. podPress 188.8.131.52 includes a lot of bug fixes and some new festures like a Post Type Filter for the podPress Feeds and customization settings for tag feeds. You can read more about this and the other bug fixes of this version in the Changelog and pay attention to the Upgrade section.
The man opening up government For Chris Quigley, the day Barack Obama took office in January 2009 changed his life. On arriving at the White House, the new president ordered the US government to make available as much information as possible "with a clear presumption: in the face of doubt, openness prevails". This, says the e-democracy evangelist, was all the more remarkable since the Bush administration had instructed agencies to do the opposite. "It was the first thing Obama did. It was a bit of a geeky thing, sure. He was saying he wanted government to run and operate in a totally transparent way, a participatory way.
GPS bracelet uses social media to protect Civil Rights Activists The Civil Rights Defenders have issued their first batch of GPS bracelets that will alert the CRDs' headquarters, other nearby activists, and the entirety of the CRDs' social media following if the bracelet's owner is ever kidnapped. The first 5 bracelets were issued from April 2nd through April 5th during the Civil Rights Defenders' conference, Defenders' Days. The CRD plans on issuing 55 of these bracelets over the next year and a half.
PPP To Poll For Daily Kos Markos Moulitsas, who first fired his former polling partner Research 2000 in June and subsequently filed suit alleging that polling conducted by that firm was fraudulent, announced this afternoon that his DailyKos website will soon resume polling with two new partners: Public Policy Polling (PPP) for "horserace" polling in statewide contests and another pollster to be named later for national surveys. The first survey, to be fielded in Delware, will be released next week. Moulitsas was also quick to tweet what will amount to a new standard in polling disclosure:
New diplomacy New diplomacy is international relations in which citizens play a greater role. Under the old diplomacy, global policymaking was more strictly the purview of governments. New diplomacy began to be observed in the 1990s amidst easing tensions in the wake of the Cold War and streamlined communication among activists in the burgeoning Internet age. New diplomacy is being used to address many issues such as human rights (e.g. the campaign to end South African apartheid and the Save Darfur campaign), humanitarian assistance, labor rights, environmental issues, and fair trade. Carne Ross, who resigned from the British Foreign Office following his country's participation in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, wrote about this phenomenon in his book, Independent Diplomat.