Category: Digital Excellence & Literacy

Telehealth: A Critical Tool in the Wake of Coronavirus

This photo, “2016.04.06 Digital Health Howcove – Telehealth 00108” is copyright (c) 2016 Ted Eytan via Flickr and made available under an Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 license In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, telehealth has allowed people to engage their primary care physicians remotely while practicing social distancing. With recent changes to FCC and Federal... Read more »

Women in Tech: A Conversation with SPR

Women in Tech: A Conversation with SPR
Recently, philanthropist Melinda Gates pledged $50 million towards “inclusive tech hubs” though Pivotal Venture’s “Gender Equality in Tech Cities” initiative. The initiative seeks to increase the power and influence of women in tech through greater education and hiring, and the UIC College of Engineering received an initial grant towards their computer science program in an effort to... Read more »

[VIDEO] Linux Laptop Screencast

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about tuning up my Linux laptop for writing. Via YouTube, here’s a very quick (20 minute) screencast. Enjoy!
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Tuning Up the Linux Laptop for 2020

Tuning Up the Linux Laptop for 2020
Between increased caregiving responsibilities for my mother, looking for freelance work, and the holidays, my Linux-powered HP laptop went by the wayside. (It’s not my only laptop, thankfully, but the keyboard is great for writing). However, the past few months have seen me slowly repair and upgrade the laptop to the point where my Linux laptop is... Read more »

An Open Letter to Meetup.com

An Open Letter to Meetup.com
Dear Meetup.com We need to have a serious talk. Many people, professional organizations, nonprofits, and other social endeavors rely on your service for a basic community-building tool that provides event planning, RSVP, member contact, and other services for a small price. (I should know – I use meetup to organize groups around caregiving, coworking, and... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition

Meet Your Neighbor: Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition
(Special thanks to Becky Raymond, Executive Director of CLCC, for her time and input) Literacy is the most critical skill needed to navigate our ever-increasingly complicated civic, professional, and technological landscape. With many Chicago residents seeking formal assistance, the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition (or CCLC) works with Adult Education organizations in Chicago to secure resources and training... Read more »
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Book Review: LIKEWAR - The Weaponization of Social Media

Book Review: LIKEWAR - The Weaponization of Social Media
Once upon a time, social media was seen as an online ‘town square’ enabling a diverse array of opinions. Soon, it became a way for marginalized individuals and groups to have their voices heard. Now, in the age of Trump, ISIS, and “Russian bots”, social media has become a weapon for sowing dissension and division.... Read more »

I Code Hire Me: A Case Study in Guerilla Marketing

I Code Hire Me: A Case Study in Guerilla Marketing
(Special thanks to Sean Crowe and Thomas Gorczynski of Hacksmith Labs for their time and insight) For many startups, social enterprises, and nonprofits guerilla marketing can be an effective strategy to drive word-of-mouth and engage their wider audience. with minimal marketing resources. Many job seekers and freelancers face the challenge of effectively marketing themselves in... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Rona Borre of Instant Alliance

Meet Your Neighbor: Rona Borre of Instant Alliance
 (Special thanks to Ms. Borre for her time and insight) Over the past ten years, the Chicago technology scene has grown and the need for qualified candidates has also expanded. During that time, there was a lack of diversity (including women) working in the tech scene. Although there has been great growth in the tech field... Read more »
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Cyber Security Chicago: Colin McKinty of BAE Systems

Cyber Security Chicago: Colin McKinty of BAE Systems
(Special thanks to Colin McKinty of BAE Systems for his time and insights; please be sure to read our previous Cyber Security Chicago installments with David Juniper, Marcin Kleczynski, Sandra Fathi and Joe Rogalski) One of the best strategies that nonprofits and social enterprise organizations can implement in taking cybersecurity measures is determining their overall value. Determining that... Read more »