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Online safety tips from Google and AARP

Posted in education, links for community, privacy and safety by forgr on October 8, 2008

I ran across this article this morning on the Official Google Blog on educating our 50+ citizens (AARP members) on online safety. Google and AARP created a series of clear and helpful informative videos that even I (27, internet savvy) enjoyed watching.

Up until now, a majority of 50+ people relied on other savvy individuals (neighbors, Best Buy’s Geek Squad, children, patient grand children etc.) to explain things to them. But the problem still remains that those explanations aren’t always captured (written down, recorded) efficiently, aren’t always as clear, or in depth as they often need to be. My mom (59) who’s pretty quick with computers and internet navigation, calls me every once to ask questions about uploading, downloading, formatting files, and the occasional email question too.

From the Official Google Blog article:

Now more than ever before, older Americans are logging on and surfing the web to stay in touch with family and friends, read websites and blogs, share photos, watch videos, and run online businesses. Like all Internet users, they’re sometimes faced with unsafe activity online, such as viruses and malware, and they’re looking for resources to learn how to keep their information on the web safe, private, and under their control.

A few of the videos that AARP and Google created together. Check out the video “Know what’s posted about you online” it’s clear, descriptive and an extremely good primer for those of us who are just starting out online.

Read more here.

Posting on Craig’s List

Posted in hardware resources, pilot, players by forgr on July 21, 2008

Wanted: Gently-used laptop computers (Grand Rapids)

http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/wan/764569789.html

The Grand Rapids Digital Inclusion Project is running a pilot program and we’re looking for gently-used laptop computers. Your contributions will be given to individuals in need, looking to learn computer skills, and improve their lives with technology.

We’re looking for gently-used modern laptop computers that are wireless capable, preferably with a wifi card included. Any parts that you have to offer would also be appreciated. Please email us with a description.

We will wipe your computer’s data clean, uninstall the operating system, and all applications (we will be running Ubuntu Linux and open-source software).

Since we aren’t a 501c3 organization (yet), your contribution will not be tax deductible, (but know that it is going directly to a person in need in your community).

For more information, visit https://forgr.wordpress.com.

Let’s see what happens…

Reference links for community, general audience (for portal)

Posted in clients, links for community, planning, portal by forgr on March 18, 2008

Local colleges
Tax forms
Tax help
Local event calendar
Local business directory
Local government, courthouse, Secretary of State, Police stations
Neighborhood associations
Local public and private schools
Parks and recreation
State and National Parks
School closings
Local TV station websites, WOOD TV8, WZZM 13, local cable networks etc.
Volunteer opportunities
Tutoring and mentoring resources
Flickr photos for the region
YouTube videos of the region
Public library and literary resources
Craigslist links, Grand Rapids specific
Homeowner resources
Home improvement resources
Community aid organizations
Childcare resources
Book clubs, interest meetups
After-school program resources
Job boards
Local healthcare resources
Local maps
Attractions, museums, parks, landmarks
Festivals, and city events
Local radio, public radio, local stations

What else does every community need to know? What should be common knowledge?

Serving organizations

Posted in discovery stages, mission statement, organization, planning, support by forgr on March 8, 2008

Should we serve entire organizations? For-profit business groups and not-for-profit groups?

The Philadelphia Wireless group offers bundles, $600 each for organizations. That covers the machine, the education, the support, and the discounted rate on internet access. That bundle provides tools to help serve their community… and it’s good.

If yes, we should serve them, what’s that right model for serving organizations? They need help too. In a perfect world, Executive Directors would be able to negotiate tools, resources and opportunities for each other. They should be able to help each other help people.

Is is scope creep on our mission statement? Weigh in… with a “yes” or a “no”.

Types of volunteers needed, draft

So if we do something like this, we’re going to need help, we’re going to need smart people. Right?

Example of people

Photo from flickr-user mayhem, for use under creative commons license

Board of directors
Executive director
Advisors, multilingual
Consultants

Website owners, multilingual
Web portal owners, multilingual
Email newsletter designer and manager, multilingual
Email list owner

New membership team, multilingual
Member management
Member tracking, follow up
Receptionist, multilingual

Community outreach, multilingual
Volunteer coordinators, multilingual
Public relations, program awareness and evangelist, multilingual

Floor managers, multilingual
Workshop teachers, multilingual
One-on-one mentors, multilingual

Workshop schedule owner (participating organizations)
Reciprocal organizations resource list owner and evangelist
Calendar owner
Events coordinator

Hardware manager
Hardware gleaners
Hardware sorters
Hardware cleaners/installers
Software gleaners
Open source program gurus
Tech accessory managers

Writers and content creators
Printed material creators
Printed material distributors
Printed material organizers

Tech support teams
Wifi/WiMax gurus

Fund raisers
Grant writers

Accountants
Lawyers
Corporate environment navigators (for equipment)
Financial planners

Facility managers
Maintenance personnel

Who else would we need help from in a project like this? Help me out here…