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Attendees at NetSquared Conference Year Three
Hundreds gather for social change tech at NetSquared Year Three

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The NetSquared Year Three conference has gotten off to a great start: Nonprofit staffers, activists, techies and funders gathering to talk about -- and award some money to -- technology for social …


The NetSquared Year Three conference has gotten off to a great start: nonprofit staffers, activists, techies and funders gathering to talk about – and award some money to – using technology for social change.

There have been a couple of blog entries focusing on two of the featured projects, KnowMore.org and the Genocide Intervention Network.

KnowMore.org’s proposal is a Firefox extension that just launched, as described in the blog:

The extension itself acts as a simple lens through which to experience the web, a lens that brings into focus the business and political practices of corporations that you purchase from. How it works is fantastically simple: When you go to a website, Firefox displays a notification bar at the top of the page, for corporations that have business practices that you might be concerned about, as well as a link to read more. The extension also displays visual notifications in search engine results, marking links to corporations of concern.

The Genocide Intervention Network’s proposal is an anti-genocide legislation tracker and widget system developed by Ivan Boothe. In an interview with GI-NET’s Ben Drexler, Aida McArthur asks:

AM: What is the main challenge your staff is experiencing?

BD: Finding an adequate means of transmitting the actions they are able to create based upon their analysis. Our traditional means of disseminating this information is via e-mail or phone contact, but desire a faster means of communicating to a wider audience to be able to mobilize phone calls from activists on a faster turnaround basis.

I’ll be continuing to post articles focusing on some of the featured projects – the NetSquared blog is a great place to follow along as well. Some images from the NetSquared featured project carnival:

Green Map (Flickr: Laura Whitehead)

MapLight.org (Flickr: Katie Laird)

KnowMore.org Firefox extension (Flickr: Katie Laird)

Genocide Intervention Network’s anti-genocide legislation tracker (Flickr: TechSoup for Libraries)

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