Facebook is now at the center of the American Red Cross‘ efforts to keep the public informed about disaster relief, especially after a catastrophic event like the Chile or Haiti earthquakes, says Wendy Harman, the organization’s director of social media. It was particularly after the Haiti earthquake that she says the Red Cross mobilized and created a procedure for how to respond on Facebook.Continue
Recommended by elsterama on August 19, 2010 via ReadWriteWeb
A recently leaked report [PDF] from France's State Secretary of Digital Economy reveals the government's efforts to deeply bury net neutrality for this country. This is the latest episode in an ongoing attempt to control the Internet. The final chapter could take place as soon as next month when the National Assembly starts working on a net neutrality bill. The last hope for activists lies in a small group of more open-minded MPs who will also be working on that bill.Continue
Recommended by elsterama on August 16, 2010 via ReadWriteWeb
The founders of Campaign Live want to level the playing field for political candidates running for state, county and local office - if those candidates are Democrats.
The month-old company has been offering Facebook, MySpace, web and mobile web apps for between $0 and $999, depending on a client's ability to pay. But today Campaign Live announced a generous promotion: free apps for any Democratic candidate during election season between now and November 2.Continue
Recommended by elsterama on August 15, 2010 via ReadWriteWeb
As Jason Baptiste's recent article on "Why They Were Able to Raise Money" demonstrated, we tech blogs tend to "glamorize" (or at least "report frequently") the various funding announcements that hit the wire. We are, of course, tasked with writing about the business of tech not just the tech itself. But this coverage can easily give a distorted view of how funding happens.
And arguably it also contributes to a particular view of what constitutes "success": venture backing, an IPO, an acquisition, a Hollywood movie about your life.Continue
Recommended by elsterama on August 13, 2010 via ReadWriteWeb
Until recently, iPhone location app designs were limited by the constraints of single-tasked OS capabilities: launch Foursquare and check-in, use Yelp find a nearby place of interest, open another app to update your status and tag it with location.Continue
Tons of businesses and organizations are suffering in this economy, whether it’s graphic designers being laid off or nonprofits struggling to get funding. A number of my acquaintances who found themselves with extra time on their hands have turned to volunteering – some of them walk dogs at the local animal shelter while others clean up the shoreline. But lately, I’ve also heard recommendations for unemployed people to use their skills to give back to the community, and in turn it’s an excellent opportunity to get their name out and possibly find some business for themselves. Of course, giving away for free the talent you’ve built up for years does court some controversy.Continue
IBM invited a group of bloggers for a day to talk with executives and a visit to the labs. This morning the discussion centered on analytics. This afternoon the conversation still focused on analytics with more emphasis on IBM's larger theme about the "smarter planet."Continue