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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)

Staying Dry With Office 365: How the Cloud Beat Sandy

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 humming along. 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)

Ulitzer Launches Live Breaking News Coverage on Haiti Relief Efforts

Haiti Earthquake on Ulitzer Ulitzer.com "new media" site launched today breaking news coverage on Haiti relief efforts. 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 news agencies. 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)

Response to Haiti Earthquake Relief Via Mobile Giving at All-Time High Reaching $7 Million in Donations

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 recent earthquake. 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)

Citizen Journalism and Tweets Bring Haiti’s Horror to the World

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 continue. 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)

Hillary Clinton’s Internet Policy Speech

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. I’... (more)

Life Without Internet in Ethiopia

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)

Build Your Own Hack Lab

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)

What Makes a Good Citizen Journalist?

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 develop are: 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)

Hurricane Irene: GIS, Social Media, and Big Data Shine

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)

This Week in Cloud

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 ... (more)