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Computanews 164 - May 2012

By Lasa Information Systems Team

The Computanews web magazine is published quarterly on the knowledgebase and is full of informative and entertaining technology articles, written in plain English and relevant to third sector organisations.

Topics include news of the latest technology developments, how-to articles in plain English, reports from organisations on how they got technology under control, analysis of technology strategy issues, software, book and film reviews and regular updates on green computing, open source software and data protection.

In this issue:

Paul Ticher's Data Protection RoundUp - New Cookie Law: Just Around The Corner

The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 came into force last year. One of the more controversial provisions is the new cookie law. Paul Ticher provides an overview of the law and its implications.

See also Paul's presentation and record of the Q&A from the related cookie law Webinar.

Nine Ways To Make Your Website More Effective

Your website is often the first port of call for potential supporters, clients, funders and volunteers. So it makes sense to use it as effectively as possible. In this article, Andy Pearson at White Fuse Media gives a number of tips to help give your site impact.

Getting IT Right For Disability Rights

Fay Heatley describes how she worked as an IT4Communities volunteer IT consultant and project manager on the selection of CRM database and CMS website systems for a merger of three organisations into Disability Rights UK. 

How Can Microsoft Lync Benefit Non-Profits?

Communication within organisations is more important than ever. Holding meetings, collaborating on documents and presentations, and sharing information are all vital for the modern non-profit organisation. Lucy Hunt at QA looks at how Microsoft Lync can enable seamless communications.

Encryption Software - Free And Open Source Vs. Proprietary

Graeme Batsman looks at open source and proprietary encryption software which encrypts (or encodes) data and means that the human eye cannot understand it without the means to decrypt it if gets into the wrong hands.

Online Tools Tweetchat and Toolbox

A toolbox of favourite cloud tools from social media analytics to online offices compiled from contributions to a Lasa tweetchat on 2 May 2012. 

Fundraising Software

There are over 100 fundraising systems in existence. Peter Flory updates his article with what has been happening in the fundraising software market in the last few years, what is available now and looks at developments we can expect in the future.


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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: 8th May 2012

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