Dan Rivas

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Best of the Web: May 2017

Summer Fun It’s unofficially officially summer. That means afternoons at the beach, a cold drink in your hand, days filled with sun and fun, and not a care in the world. Unless you work at a nonprofit.
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IT Security Case Study: Prospect Park Alliance

Central Park gets all the attention, but Prospect Park in Brooklyn is its equal in urban landscape architecture and as a center of activity for its borough. Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux 150 years ago, today Prospect Park receives more than 10 million visits per year.
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Like Phish in a Barrel

Yesterday afternoon I received two strange emails within a few minutes of each other. They both said that someone had shared a Google Doc with me. That by itself wasn't suspicious. Nonprofit technology people love Google Docs and the fact that someone would share a doc without first giving me a ...
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Best of the Web: April 2017

Protect That Data! Privacy and security remain top themes this month and it's no surprise. Data is increasingly valuable to everyone—especially those who see money to be made or political advantage to be taken. This month you can take a quiz to find out how cyber-smart you really are and pick up a ...
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Cloud IT Case Study: Joyce Preschool

On one level, school is simple—there’s usually a teacher, desks, a chalkboard, and a few books—but a lot happens behind the scenes, especially at schools like the dual Spanish-English immersion Joyce Preschool.
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How Did You Become an Accidental Techie?

Does this story sound familiar?
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Best of the Web: March 2017

Bringing the Hope I’ve been to the Nonprofit Technology Conference (people usually call it the NTC) twice and both times it was a kaleidoscope of familiar names, new faces, and intriguing ideas. This year I heard fail stories, project management tips, ideas for better integrating communications ...
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Best of the Web: February 2017

The End of Neutrality? In the 1990s, there was no shortage of internet evangelists. From Silicon Valley pioneers to Vice President Al Gore, everyone seemed to be promoting a particular kind of utopian dream—a frictionless economy where information is abundantly free and anyone you meet online might ...
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Accidents of Fate

I know not everyone likes the term “accidental techie.” It can sound demeaning to some ears, as if not having a computer science degree means you’re a bumbler.
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Playing the Data Playbook

News outlets, Twitter, and many of the blogs I follow often use the term "big data." What always stands out to me is the word "big." The data is BIG! Is it Godzilla big? Mount St. Helens eruption big? Death Star big? However big it is, it sounds scary and overwhelming.
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