The last week of April I attended and presented at Penguin Day, NTC and Policy Day. Along the way I did some sessions, found out about some interesting projects, tools and websites. Here is a random collection:
TOR Project: Imagine you are in a country like Turkey where YouTube is banned. How might you get access to it? Or you are in China wanting to access wikipedia and know that Yahoo will hand over your information on demand to the government, possibly resulting in jail time? Or you are a victim of domestic violence who knows your internet activity is being monitored by your abuser? The TOR Project can help.
TOR uses various tactics to help people use the internet anonymously and send encrypted/anaonymous messages, like updates to wikipedia. Using the TOR projects plug-in for Firefox, you can re-route and anonymize your online activity. The TOR browser bundle can be used to circumvent filters (like a school who does not allow students to look at sites with the word "gay" in them).
Wikileaks.org - Assists "peoples of all countries who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their governments and institutions".
SustainableWebsites.com - 100% carbon-neutral web hosting
My Session: Website Usability Testing for Smaller Orgs
My guest speakers, Johanna Bates from Community Partners and Maryann Osmond from Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur did an excellent job sharing stories of their experiences revising their websites based on their audiences, including testing the usability. Thanks to them both.
My Session: Effective Online Communications
Jennie Anderson of Aids.gov and William Neuheisel of DC Central Kitchen shared valuable experience and advice about how they communcate effectively online. Jennie's colleague Michelle Samplin-Salgado did a blog post mentioning the sesssion: Click here to read the post.
CBO Policy Day
I did a presentation on using Web 2.0/Social Media tools for Advocacy. A few good examples of advocacy/policy websites:
www.350.org - International Day of Climate Action
www.1sky.org - 1 Climate, 1 Future, 1 Chance (great "Get Local" section)