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ICT E-Bulletin - February 2012

By Lasa Information Systems Team

A source of technology news, resources and advice for small to medium sized third sector organisations.


Techies on the way out?

Civil Society IT reports on a major survey by Charity Finance magazine which reveals a profound change in the way charities manage their technology. As satisfaction levels amongst charity staff with their IT falls, more organisations are outsourcing and taking to the cloud.

Universal credit to be first service 'digital by default'

Guardian Government Computing reports that Universal credit will be the first major government service to be digital by default, according to the Department for Work and Pensions.

Local authorities depend more on ICT as spending cuts bite

eGov Monitor says that local government no longer regards technology as a utility but has a key strategic role to play in service delivery, a Socitm IT Trends  report discovers. But the job of IT managers is getting harder...

Clouds on the horizon

Information Age reports that although cloud computing made headway in 2011, it still has some way to go.

Young people using technology to drive social change

A new survey reveals that when it comes to positive social change, young adults across the globe are leveraging social networking to get involved. The Social Change Impact Report: Global Survey of 11 countries, commissioned by Walden University, survey shows that most adults in countries around the world (89%, on average) agree that technology can turn a cause into a movement faster than anything else can.

Google lead in Cool IT race to stop climate change

Greenpeace have ranked Google above Cisco and Ericsson in their leaderboard of technology companies who are helping in the fight against global warming through their IT Climate Solutions, IT Energy Impact and Political Advocacy. Apple and Facebook don’t get a look-in.

Events, training & learning

London Events

For London technology events please see our Events Calendar. Forthcoming events include Cloud Computing In The Public Sector, See IT In Action, CiviCRM training, It4Communities Data Security, FOSS Friday and Digital London.

Use your data!

Charities Evaluation Service is running a 2-day course entitled How to collect, analyse, present and use data on 7-8 March.

Funding and awards  

Digital Storytelling Challenge

TechSoup’s annual Digital Storytelling Challenge combines professional instruction and friendly competition into a hands-on media-making project. Create a one-minute video or five-photo slideshow capturing your impact and mission and upload to YouTube or Flickr by 29 February. The community will vote in March.

Fundraising with Facebook

A new pdf publication from Howard Lake (£7.99) - these 40 tips should help you make the most out of getting started with Facebook as a fundraising tool help revive a flagging Facebook page.

Have your say about online sponsorship platforms

Civil Society is running a survey to find out about your experiences of online sponsorship platforms like JustGiving, Virgin Money Giving and MyDonate, to find out which are performing best for charities.                      

Egg-stremely useful website hints

Stephanie Hamilton over on The Daily Egg describes how to engage donors and volunteers with your website and illustrates with some egg-xamples.

Resources, legal and accessibility

Online advice for parents

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) have released  'The Parents and Carers Guide to the Internet', an entertaining and light-hearted look at what it takes to be an online parent. There’s also an excellent trailer:

Google to change privacy policy

Google is changing its privacy policy and terms across all of its services and products on March 1, 2012. If you choose to keep using Google once the change occurs, you will be doing so under the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. They have compiled a FAQ.

RNIB launches legal action over website accessibility

Civil Society reports that the Royal National Institute for the Blind is taking BMI Baby to court for failing to make its website accessible to visually impaired users.

Social media checklist

Non Profit Tech 2.0 has made available a nine-page “Nonprofit Tech Checklist” which appears at the end of Heather Mansfield’s Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits book.

Mobile devices causing security breaches

Over three-quarters of companies surveyed by Checkpoint Software Security Technologies believe mobile devices have caused an increase in security incidents, according to Info Security. A new article, The Bring Your Own Device Nightmare, on the knowledgebase by Graeme Batsman at Data Defender on BYOD highlights the issue and looks at possible solutions.

Practical tips

Understanding and improving email deliverability

Colin Pizarek and Chris Bernard on Idealware look at ways of improving your email marketing when using bulk email tools (like CharityEmail or CTTMail).

10 Resolutions for Online Fundraising and Marketing Success

Network for Good have produced an e-book to help with online fundraising (registration with NfG required)

Using a mobile phone as a smart phone

Not everyone has (or wants) a smartphone - Jayne Cravens gives some tips on how to make a standard mobile phone smarter.

Ensuring the safety of your data in the cloud

Jay Leslie of Idealware on the NTEN blog helps you ask the right questions of a cloud services supplier when it comes to securing your data on their cloud.

Slideshare analyses 2011’s presentations

Online presentation service Slideshare has published its “Zeitgeist 2011” analysis of trends in presentations - they’re getting longer but with less text, men use more slides than women and they are getting fatter (the files, that is).

Tools and applications

Co-Tweet is “sunsetted”

ExactTarget has discontinued its free Co-Tweet platform and is hoping that customers will use its ‘next generation social media management application’ SocialEngage (URL) for which it is offering a 30 day trial.

AIMS free database hits its 1000th download

Whether a new start up helping to deliver the "Big Society", or an established community group, AIMS Free is ideally suited for a wide range of third sector agencies. The database has so far been downloaded more than 1000 times since its launch in 2009.

Google+ could become a key social network

Helen Barratt on the Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network says that Google+'s new personalised search feature could prove the vital tipping point for its popularity among charities.

Blogging platforms

Lifehacker compares different blogging platforms including WordPress, Tumblr, and Posterous Spaces.

Social media’s new kid on the block

Should you have any interest in Pinterest? This blog piece on tells you how to get started on the online pinboard. And Avi Kaplan on Frogloop hits you with 42 (the answer to life, the universe and everything, of course) Pinterest ideas for non-profits which he invites you to steal..

Implementing generic CRM systems for fundraising

Ivan Wainewright at IT For Charities looks at the impact of generic fundraising CRMs on the sector.

Posterous Spaces

If you are looking for a free platform where, as their tagline says - you can ‘share smarter’ then have a look at Posterous Spaces where you can blog and post images and control the audiences you share with.  You can also share on the fly with an Android and iPhone app.

See the UKOnline / Nominet funded Community Outreach project space, where centres have been asked to post photos and details of the sessions they have been running.


12 tech trends for 2012

You’ll be flying through your high street and talking to your car apparently according to Frog...

The Friday Feed

Tierney Smith, Community Manager at TechSoup Canada, writes a regular blog every Friday which highlights interesting non-profit tech articles.

How charities can use social networks to gain engagement, support and action

Social media allows you to open up a whole new approach to supporter engagement, says Tom Latchford from Raising IT over on the Guardian’s Fundraising Hub.

When we have a CRM everything will be perfect...

Richard Boardman of Mareeba CRM Consulting examines how controlling expectations can help with the success of implementing a CRM project.

The death of the password is greatly exaggerated

Last month we reported that IBM’s future gazers reckoned that passwords would soon be a thing of the past. As mentioned on The Register, Microsoft’s Cormac Herley and computer science professor Paul van Oorschot politely disagree. Meanwhile in open source land, Mozilla is promoting a browser-based alternative to usernames and passwords for website logins.

What to expect in 2012

George Weiner of on the NTEN blog looks at what trends will impact the work of IT staff at nonprofits in 2012 including cloud storage, Linked-In and mobile websites. You have been warned.

And finally

Social media explained

...with the aid of do(ugh)nuts.

Don’t buy an iPad in Canada...

Canny Canadian crooks create clay computers.

About the author

Lasa Information Systems Team
Lasa's Information Systems Team provides a range of services to third sector organisations including ICT Health Checks and consulting on the best application of technology in your organisation. Lasa IST maintains the knowledgebase. Follow us on Twitter @LasaICT


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Published: 15th February 2012

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