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Why You Should Use ‘Fundamentals’ | The Transparency and Accountability Initiative
This ‘Fundamentals’ guide is designed to help organisations who want to use technology to improve the impact of their transparency and accountability work. It will assist you to develop overall strategies for using technology, and then to plan, implement and evaluate specific technology projects.
technology  strategy  nonprofits 
3 hours ago by socialreporter
Digital Wallets: High Awareness, Low Adoption | Bank Systems & Technology
While an overwhelming majority of consumers are aware of mobile wallets, few use them for everyday transactions, a new survey finds.
projective  banking  technology  payments 
7 hours ago by fpaulus
The Pro-Rata Opportunity – AVC
Mark Suster has a good (and long as is his wont) post up on the topic of the changing structure of the VC business. Mark focuses on something important that is probably not getting talked enough about when people talk about the VC business these days. I like this slide from his post: via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  blogs  fred  wilson  technology  vc 
10 hours ago by clayhebert
President Barack Obama to issue executive order on drone privacy
President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order to develop privacy guidelines for commercial drones operating in U.S. airspace, POLITICO has learned.

The order would put the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an arm of the Commerce Department, in charge of developing the guidelines. NTIA would bring together companies and consumer groups to hammer out a series of voluntary best practices for unmanned aerial vehicles.

The FAA, which is working on a formal set of rules to allow commercial drones to operate in U.S. skies, has been criticized for not tackling issues around what kind of images and data drones can collect. Consumer groups and some lawmakers have said drones could violate people’s privacy by peering into their homes and backyards.

It’s not clear when the president will issue the order. White House officials declined to comment, but confirmed government-wide efforts to coordinate policy on the issue.
drone  technology  legal  privacy  civilrights  humanrights  freedom 
12 hours ago by jtyost2
Server names and ports
Standard server name and port details for setting up access to email, address book, files and instant messenger for your FastMail account.
useful  manuals  technology 
12 hours ago by michael.w
Model drone finds elderly man alive after going missing for three days
It took just 20 minutes for a model drone to locate a missing elderly Wisconsin man, a feat that helicopters, search dogs, and volunteers couldn’t accomplish in three days.

Just don’t tell that to the Federal Aviation Administration, whose regulatory wings are already flapping about model drones.

This weekend’s discovery of the 82-year-old man in an area of crops and woods comes amid a legal tussle between flight regulators and model drone operators—the latest of which coincidentally involves search-and-rescue missions.

Citing FAA rules implemented in 2007 barring the commercial use of small, unmanned drones, regulators in February grounded a volunteer-staffed Texas search-and-rescue outfit—which was not associated with the Wisconsin man’s discovery. EquuSearch, which uses five-pound drones to find missing persons, just resumed operations after a courthouse victory of sorts Friday against US flight regulators.
regulation  drone  technology  faa 
13 hours ago by jtyost2
The Fasinatng … Frustrating … Fascinating History of Autocorrect | Gadget Lab | WIRED
The History of Autocorrect.

Gideon Lewis-Kraus, writing for Wired Gadget Lab:
"On idiom, some of its calls seemed fairly clear-cut: gorilla warfare became guerrilla warfare, for example, even though a wildlife biologist might find that an inconvenient assumption. But some of the calls were quite tricky, and one of the trickiest involved the issue of obscenity. On one hand, Word didn’t want to seem priggish; on the other, it couldn’t very well go around recommending the correct spelling of mothrefukcer. Microsoft was sensitive to these issues. The solution lay in expanding one of spell-check’s most special lists, bearing the understated title: “Words which should neither be flagged nor suggested.”"
via_df  software  technology  grammar  history 
17 hours ago by metaproof
Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker
Maybe the decline of deep reading isn’t due to reading skill atrophy but to the need to develop a very different sort of skill, that of teaching yourself to focus your attention. (Interestingly, Cairo found that gamers were often better online readers: they were more comfortable in the medium and better able to stay on task.)

Deep-reading skills, Wolf points out, may not be emphasized in schools that conform to the Common Core, for instance, and need to meet certain test-taking reading targets that emphasize gist at the expense of depth.
education  reading  technology  web 
18 hours ago by jflanagan

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