Category: Digital Excellence & Literacy

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Cyber Security Chicago: Joe Rogalski of eSentire

Cyber Security Chicago: Joe Rogalski of eSentire
(Special thanks to Joe Rogalski of eSentire for his time and insights; please be sure to read our previous Cyber Security Chicago installments with David Juniper, Marcin Kleczynski, and Sandra Fathi) When a data breach or other form of cyber attack occurs, many organizations (including nonprofits and social enterprise) have difficulty moving from detecting a... Read more »
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Cyber Security Chicago: Sandra Fathi of Affect

Cyber Security Chicago: Sandra Fathi of Affect
(Special thanks to Sandra Fathi of Affect for her time and insights, as well as Cyber Security Chicago for their assistance. Please check out yesterday’s interview with Marcin Kleczynski and our preview of Cyber Security Chicago with David Juniper)  When a cyber attack strikes any private or public organization,  several key strategies need to be in place:... Read more »

Cyber Security Chicago: Marcin Kleczynski of Malwarebytes

Cyber Security Chicago: Marcin Kleczynski of Malwarebytes
(Special thanks to Cyber Security Chicago for complimentary access to the conference and its attendees. For an overview of Cyber Security Chicago, please check out yesterday’s preview with David Juniper, Director of Events) As a teenager in his basement in Bensenville, Marcin Klecynski was looking for a way to remove malware from his family’s shared... Read more »

Cyber Security Chicago: Preview With David Juniper

Cyber Security Chicago: Preview With David Juniper
Last year, I was fortunate enough to earn complimentary press credentials for Cyber Security Chicago. With its focus on technology and cybersecurity, it was a great opportunity to learn about the field for the blog…and although I could only attend a single day, I wanted to return. Fortunately, I was able to acquire press credentials... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: WITS Chicago

(Special thanks to Brenda Langstraat of WITS Chicago for her time and insight) At a time when immediacy and brevity of digital and social media drive our discourse, literacy can be easily dismissed…but the volunteers and staff of WITS Chicago work hard to promote a love of reading – and literacy – in Chicago youth. I... Read more »