Haiti Earthquake on Ulitzer Thanks to social media, the word got out of
ravaged Haiti immediately, people mobilized and money was raised instantly.
While this isn’t the first time it’s been a vital link in a crisis,
it’s invigorating how social media has woven itself into the fabric of
traditional media. There was a time, not long ago, when major news
organizations relied primarily on its own news gatherers to shape the story.
Now an increasing number of media is open to – and relying on – citizen
journalists to tell their tales. With buildings crumbled, roads blocked,
power out and land-lines dead, mainstream U.S. media relied heavily –
especially on Tuesday and early Wednesday - on testimony accumulated from
social media from Haitians and Americans. Cell phones, satellite broadband
systems and Skype worked. Twitterfeeds provided a real time view of what was ... (more)
We have a saying here at ‘wichcraft: Make people happy while being proud of
what you do.
We’re in the retail food business. Our job is to feed our customers, and
our customers are at the core of everything we do. As Director of Technology
for a sandwich company spanning 15 locations and three states, it can be easy
to forget this simple fact. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the daily
grind of maintaining servers and networks just so we can keep our business
When we made the jump to Office 365 earlier this year, we were able to take
our existing on-premise servers and move them to the cloud. As a result, we
eliminated layers of complexity, and I no longer needed to spend valuable
time and resources administering legacy systems. This has allowed me to shift
my focus toward new and exciting ways to better serve our guests, like
launching a new lo... (more)
Haiti Earthquake on Ulitzer
Ulitzer.com "new media" site launched today breaking news coverage on Haiti
Ulitzer breaking news topic publishing live news stories by all leading wire
agencies around the world including; Business Wire, PR Newswire, Marketwire,
PR.com, RealWire News Distribution, ACN Newswire, JCN Newswire, and other
Ulitzer bloggers Reuven Cohen, John Savageau, Salvatore Genovese, Carmen
Gonzalez, David Weinberger, and Ben Behrouzi are actively contributing to
relief news updates.
Ben Behrouzi, founder of DotNext and co-founder of Reply.com, a serial
entrepreneur from the San Francisco Bay Area, initiated a relief campaign on
Ulitzer for the victims of the Haiti Earthquake.
In his blog entry Behrouzi calls everyone to participate on an easy Red
Cross donation campaign.
"Haiti needs help from everyone and the Red Cross... (more)
Haiti Earthquake on Ulitzer
In 36 hours, donations made via mobile phones for Haiti Earthquake Relief
have surpassed $7 million across all the short codes managed by the Mobile
Giving Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping other
non-profits raise funds through mobile.
This amount represents a mobile-giving record for funds raised for a single
cause. But there is a long way to go.
As more organizations support relief efforts in Haiti, additional short codes
are available for making monetary donations to help those affected by the
By texting a keyword to a designated short code via a mobile phone, a
micro-donation of $5 or $10 can be made to aid the millions of people
affected by this tragedy.
100% of your donation goes to the recipient charity, and the donation appears
as a charge on your carrier bill, standard rates may apply... (more)
CNN has people on the ground in Port Au Prince. They use high performance
satellite phones and transmission equipment to bring a few shots from
Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta to world viewers. That is what we expect
from CNN. Then CNN begins the roll call of tweets from people within Haiti
bringing real time news. Continuing with interviews using Skype with video
direct from Haiti. And the innovative ideas on how to get the word out
Fox news, MSNBC, all the major US news sources quote the information they are
getting from the ground, or show videos received via Titter and other social
media tools. Most of the news we are getting via twitter and social media is
raw, simply passing on a snapshot in time. Then the news casters, with their
back office of analysts and experts, are able to translate the news into a
consumable item for American and internation... (more)
First, my overall reaction to Hillary Clinton’s speech: It’s thrilling
that a Secretary of State would claim “freedom to connect” as a basic
human right. That’s a very bit stake in the ground. Likewise, it’s sort
of amazing that the State Department is funding the development of tools to
help users circumvent government restrictions on access. On the negative
side, it’s distressing (but not surprising) that the Secretary of State
should be come against anonymity so we can track down copyright infringers.
Of course, in response to a question she said that we have to strike a
balance so that the anonymity of dissenters is protected even as the
anonymity of file sharers is betrayed. I just don’t know how you do that.
What follows are the notes I took during the presentation itself. They are,
as always, rough livebloggage. Here’s a transcript of her prepared remarks.
For the first time in over ten years, I spent the night without Internet
access. Ten years of working in remote parts of Mongolia, Vietnam, Palestine,
Indonesia, and other small and developing countries, and in March 2010 I
finally hit the access wall. My hotel in Addis Ababa does not have Internet
access. And not a single WiFi or wireless connection available nearby.
Maybe it is just not realistic to believe that in the year 2010 travelers or
residents of a major city like Addis Ababa would enjoy the same sense of
Internet entitlement we enjoy in other parts of the world. It is probably
more realistic to think fresh water is a higher priority than Facebook.
Probably a higher priority to think that basic nutrition is a higher priority
to some people in the world than Twitter.
Having been plucked up from the opulence of Burbank, California, where Friday
afternoon b... (more)
No matter what facet of information security you're in, from being the CISO
down to just installing security patches and keeping up to date, there will
probably be a point where you need to see the details of a hack. Maybe it's
because you need to fingerprint what it does or how it acts on your network.
Maybe it's because you need to be able to reproduce it in a penetration test.
Either way you look at it, sometimes you just need to test something out.
Obviously, this could go one of a few ways. You could execute these hacks on
your network. This could lead to potentially bad outcomes, especially if you
break something. The next option is to try it out on someone else's network
who doesn't know. (Read: ILLEGAL!). The last option, and also the one we use
over here at Hurricane Labs, is a lab environment.
A lab environment is simply going to consist of a bunch of diffe... (more)
Curiosity is the lifeblood of a citizen journalist
Lots of folks ask us, “What makes a good citizen journalist?”
The short answer is passion. But a good citizen journalist needs more than
just passion. Six proficiencies that a good citizen journalist needs to
Curiosity. Curiosity is the lifeblood of a good citizen journalist. It’s
what keeps the mind alert and the stories coming. The mother of a childhood
friend of mine once said, “All you boys do is go around turning over rocks
to see what’s beneath them.” She was talking about our insatiable
curiosity. A good citizen journalist always turns over rocks, opens closed
doors, peeks behind the curtains and wonders, “What is all the commotion
about?” Situational awareness. If you have this quality, it means that at
all times you are aware of what is happening around you. Lots of people
don’t pay any attent... (more)
As Katherine Maher pointed out on Twitter, no one gets credit when
contingency plans work. And it is truly amazing how much government-citizen
information collaboration has evolved–not to mention the growth of data
journalism even in the most traditional news outlets. The average citizen had
a wealth of accurate (and useful) hurricane information to choose from. There
was also plenty of data to be used for those seeking to tinker, and very
useful Twitter/Flickr/YouTube overlays on Google Earth interfaces. Anyone
unlucky enough to turn on their television was assaulted by an overwhelming
wave of hysteria and action shots of news anchors bravely intoning into the
camera that it was windy and raining–an astonishing revelation,
undoubtedly, to the millions told to evacuate.
Alex Howard of O’Reilly Radar has a very helpful list of Hurricane Irene
tracking links from bo... (more)
Cloud News VMware made several cloud-related announcements this week at
VMworld, its annual user conference, including partnerships with global cloud
service providers, a Web site that aggregates information on cloud service
providers, simplified transfer of virtual machines from one data center to
another, a cloud-based site recovery manager tool and software to manage
databases in virtual environments. For more information, read this
InformationWeek article. This highly amusing video produced by Microsoft
portrays VMware’s technology as old-school. This article in The Register
describes VMware’s strategy for partnering with cloud service providers.
They claim to have more than 5,600 service providers in 62 countries
participating in their service provider program; many of them started out
simply hosting server images atop VMware hypervisors, though some are now