Category - Cool Tech

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The Bots are Here: Nonprofit Friends or Foes?
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So Many Cool New Sites, So Little Time

The Bots are Here: Nonprofit Friends or Foes?

That long awaited moment is here: robots have become a regular part of our daily lives. But are they here to help or hurt us? Beth Kanter and I explore this question in a post called: The Robots Are Here: How Nonprofits Can Make Sure They Save Rather Than Kill Us.

 As Beth mentions in her personal post, last year was a struggle for people like us who invested so much time and energy on ways to use social media for social good over the last decade. Our assumption was that the good parts of being connected and in conversation with other people online and on land outweighed the bad parts of filter bubbles and trolls. But last year didn’t feel that way. Last year made me want to abandon online life.

In December, Beth and I began to talk about what’s next and how it might, or at least could, feel better. And that’s how this first article about the Age of Automation. We are cautiously optimistic about the power of robots to help people. But we also recognize the real possibility that we may make the same mistakes again; leaving too much unchecked power in the hands of private corporations to own public spaces and our lives.

So, give a read and let us know if you have any thoughts on where we go from here.

I remain cautiously optimistic than when our backs are against the wall – as they are now – we will fight our way to a more just world.

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So Many Cool New Sites, So Little Time

I’ve seen so many cool new sites in the last week but two in particular that I wanted to share:

  • Witness’ long awaited video hub, called The Hub, is up and running. It is billed as a “global platform for human rights and actio.” The Hub enables human rights activists around the world to upload videos of human rights abuses right to the site. This ensures that activists working on the ground in countries with repressive regimes can bear witness to abuse without implicating themselves by airing the videos themselves. This is disaggregation in the best sense of the term; a video channel particular to the human rights arena under the guiding direction of a quality organization that knows how to share information effectively. Witness is also a wonderfully transparent organization having recently released it’s annual “Performance Assessment Dashboard” a candid assessment of the organization’s progress over the last twelve months.
  • Another quality organization, The Sunlight Foundation, announced it’s participation in a new service called, ” Government Documents that gives anyone with an Internet connection the power to investigate the federal government. ” Created in partnership with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the tools allows individual and teams of citizens to review where and how projects are funded by Congress and the interactions between Congress (particularly individual elected officials) and the federal agencies.
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