Archive for November 2012

Building A Better Chicago Through Broadband Research

Building A Better Chicago Through Broadband Research
“Broadband” (in tech terms) refers to the ability to receive multiple signals and processes electronically. For many Chicago communities in light of the recent broadband challenge, it means the difference between growth and development…and staying technologically stagnant. Thankfully, this Thursday will bring the Illinois Broadband Research Conference, a one-day event that is free to the... Read more »

Google's Black Friday Gift

Today is best known as “Black Friday” due to heavy amounts of retail occurring. But today, I’m going to encourage everyone to become advocates in a way that will make today a little less Black. Google is starting efforts to help make the Internet “free and legal” – efforts are underway to more heavily regulate... Read more »

Petraeus & G-Mail Betrayal

Petraeus & G-Mail Betrayal
E-mail is one of the most widely used channels by non-profits and social change agents, and so if there’s one lesson that results from the recent scandal involving General David Petraeus and Gmail, it is that e-mail as a channel is not quite as secure as you might think. And in fairness, I’m not beating... Read more »
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Making Illinois Work

Making Illinois Work
Like many people in the state of Illinois, I am one of the “underemployed.” (In fact, I recently ended my stint guest-blogging at another Chicago Now blog to focus on finding more freelance/permanent work, and am always open for referrals). But thankfully, part of my exploration and networking has led me to find two online resources... Read more »

A Gallery of Links

A Gallery of Links
Every once in awhile, I like to assemble a small gallery of links to articles about a variety of issues. Granted, it may seem like lazy blogging, but there is quite a bit happening around tech and the social good – so much so that trying to select a single topic can be a bit... Read more »

The Power of Podcasting

The Power of Podcasting
It’s probably one of the most frequently used tools to help spread the word, and many agencies, quite simply, aren’t taking advantage of the opportunity. I’m talking, of course, about podcasts – essentially online radio shows that provide a forum for discussion about a variety of topics. (Brief note – I co-host a podcast about... Read more »
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Book Review - The Newbie's Guide to GOING SOCIAL

Book Review - The Newbie's Guide to GOING SOCIAL
(FULL DISCLOSURE: A Review copy of the book was provided for review purposes. My opinions are my own) One of the challenges that many Chicago area non-profits face is handling not just social media, but the idea of social marketing. Using social media tools in a professional, strategic way can be a challenge, especially for... Read more »

After The Election, Keep Democracy Open!

After The Election, Keep Democracy Open!
It is sorely tempting to write about all of the great apps and widgets that are making this election happen. Whether it’s Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, whoever handles the affairs of state will be entering a relatively new political sphere  in which voters and citizens have greater expectations around accountability, transparency, and insight into... Read more »

DexCon - Driving Digital Excellence In Chicago's Neighborhoods

DexCon - Driving Digital Excellence In Chicago's Neighborhoods
Driving digital excellence and literacy in the Chicago area is a key undertaking for many groups. I’m fortunate to be part of one of them – another is the Chicago Digital Access alliance. Thankfully, they’re going to be putting on an event on November 10th, and this is a great opportunity for community-minded people, neighborhood... Read more »
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