From two members today I was asked about exactly the same email purporting to be from "our tech support team" and asking for confidential information that should never be shared by email to anyone, ever. If you received this message, please just delete it - don't even bother responding. And definitely do not do as it says and respond with password information.
Clayton Dewey wrote up a nice post on his blog introducing himself and his topic for the Africa Roundtable coming up on 13 May - see below, after a listing of the great Africa Roundtables we have planned for this summer. To help our event team gauge interest and make plans, please register for the events that interest you as soon as possible!
Trivia fact: did you know? the US-based nonprofit organization that governs and operates the Kabissa online networking platform is based on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle in the northwest corner of the United States. Bainbridge is located in Kitsap County, named after Chief Kitsap of the Suquamish tribe. According to wikipedia, Kitsap County was originally called Slaughter County! Thankfully it was soon renamed.
More immediately relevant to Kabissa is the fact that we have been included in a distinguished group of 200 nonprofits to participate in Kitsap Great Give, a one-day giving event with the aim to raise $500,000 in total. Donations will be incentivized by a widely promoted campaign and exciting prizes contributed by local foundations.
Kabissa may be run by volunteers, but we depend on donations to cover our core costs. No matter where you are in the world, please join the campaign on 6 May and donate to Kabissa!
Update 4/11: There's a great post over on qz.com with an update on which sites were affected (with before/after lists) and what action should be taken. Key is to not bother updating passwords until the site has been fixed. Link: http://qz.com/197258/t/60189
I just finished changing alot of passwords. <phew>
Please take some time TODAY to read this brief post and change passwords for services that were affected by the Heartbleed Bug but have been fixed already.
The #eNigeria2013 Conference is in full swing in Abuja, and I am contributing to the event from afar using Storify - see below for all the details or click here to view the eNigeria Conference story directly on Storify website. It's a distant second from being there in person as I was last year, but still I am happy to be a part of it in my small way.
Storify is a handy online tool that lets you create and develop narrative out of online content. It has powerful search tools to find content on twitter, google and other common sources and then include them using a drag and drop interface. I like it for making sense of the flood of information from a time-limited event that multiple people are posting updates about.
Thanks everyone who joined us for the Africa Roundtable! The discussion with Nathan was very interesting, and the recording is well worth listening to (about an hour) and can be downloaded from https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/1436887230943837954
The Africa Roundtable is back on 15 January, 2014 with an invitation to join a discussion on an interesting and timely question facing African civil society today, proposed by Nathaniel Houghton of the Congo Leadership Initiative:
"The question development in Africa frequently becomes an argument about whether or how much aid should be given to developing communities and in what cases markets may be a useful development mechanism. This debate simplified is a question over whether the primary or first problem facing underdeveloped countries and communities is a lack of resources or a lack of capacity. Ultimately, both of these factors are necessary to promote sustainable change, but the correct "mix" is a serious topic for debate."
How to Join the Discussion
Click here to register and we will send you instructions and a link for joining the online event using your web browser. The event is free for all but we do request that you register in advance and consider making an optional $10 donation to Kabissa which helps to cover our costs.
The event is scheduled for 15 January, 2014 at 15:00 UTC (6pm Nairobi, 4pm Abuja, 4pm Berlin, 3pm London, 10am Washington DC, 7am Seattle)
Introducing Nathaniel Houghton
Nathaniel is the President and Founder of the Congo Leadership Initiative. From the CLI website stories page:
Nate used to think that he didn’t have a very good CLI story. That’s because he can’t point to one moment in Congo that changed his life, made him renounce every idea he had about the world, and led him to start a nonprofit in Africa. He’s not from Congo and the first time he visited Kinshasa, he was nineteen. But at this point, it’s safe to say that Congo’s history, people, and future are as big a part of his life as his own family and friends in the United States.
Nate believes that, “The best way to make the world a better place is to find something you love doing and figure out how to positively impact other people’s lives through your talents and interests. I think startups are cool, and that’s what CLI is. I believe in our product - leadership - and its power to change the world. I am inspired by the countless volunteers, in Congo and around the world, who make CLI possible.” Nate is thrilled with how much CLI has grown and even more excited for the future.
About the Congo Leadership Initiative
Congo Leadership Initiative empowers young people in Congo by preparing them to be leaders because the ultimate solutions to Congo's problems will come from the Congolese people.
About the Africa Roundtable
The Africa Roundtable is an initiative of Kabissa to organize events to bring together people with a mutual interest in Africa for networking and to learn from featured speakers. Roundtable events connect people via video conference, and are recorded and put online for later viewing.
If you are interested in being featured at a future event please contact [email protected]. Details about upcoming events and an archive of past roundtable events are on our website at http://www.kabissa.org/africaroundtable.
I am and always have been an advocate of Internet as an important empowerment tool for civil society organizations worldwide working to improve the lives of people in their communities. The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights is also an important tool we can use to claim and defend our rights. Sometimes the connection gets lost, and indeed it seems that, increasingly, the Internet is being used more as a tool to oppress us rather than to empower us.
So for this year's Blog Action Day on Human Rights I would like to draw your attention to The Internet and Human Rights, the infographic below published by APC.ORG under a creative commons license, which clearly outlines the articles in the declaration of human rights that related to how we use the Internet. These freedoms are important and we need to understand them in order to defend them. To this end, APC has developed Internet Rights Are Human Rights, an excellent series of training curricula that you can download and use to teach yourself or use to run workshops on the topic.
I received this important reminder and tips by email today from the Blog Action Day team. All Kabissa members are strongly encouraged to participate! Click here for info specific for Kabissa members blogging about human rights in Africa.
October brings Blog Action Day, which this year will focus the world's attention on the important topic of human rights. This is an ideal opportunity for Kabissa members working in Africa on human rights to tell your stories and showcase your successes and challenges in defending them in your communities. Click here for details on how to participate, and email us with your ideas.
5 tips to make the most out of taking part in Blog Action Day
Blog Action Day 2013 is almost here. Below are some top tips we have learnt over the years to make the most out of your involvement. If you have additional tips add them in the comments section of Karina's post.
1. Blog Action Day Don’t forget to take part.
Put a reminder in your calendar for October 16, 2013 to make your blog post live on Blog Action Day.
Every year lots of people forget to add their post, so put a reminder in your calendar now and set your alarm or reminder to alert you to take part in Blog Action Day.
2. Prepare you Blog Action Day post in advance.
We are all very busy people, but if you leave your Blog Action Day post until the last moment, you may run out of time.
By having your post ready a couple of days before October 16, you give yourself lots of time to follow the live coverage or look at other participants posts. Most importantly you get your post done.
3. Make your post easy to find. Tag your post.
Most Blog Action Day participants use WordPress, Blogger or Tumblr to host their blogs. These systems like nearly all other blogging systems have a section called Tags or Labels which allows you to attach keywords to your post that help search engines find your content more easily.
We suggest that you add the following tags #BAD13, #OCT16, #Humanrights, #BlogActionDay alongside any other terms that would describe your post content in these sections
4. Promote your post.
When you have posted your Blog Action Day to your blog on October 16, make sure your tell your friends and the Blog Action Day Team about it.
If you use social media networks like Twitter, Facebook, Orkut or Google+, tell the people in your network that you have taken part in Blog Action Day and that you would like them to read and comment on your blog.
Here is a suggested status update you could use.
“I’ve just posted my #BlogActionDay post on #HumanRights on [yourwebsitelink] take a look & leave a comment #BAD13″
The Blog Action Day team will be able to search for most blogs and related content, but to make sure we don’t miss yours, tweet us at @blogactionday or via our live coverage widget that will be on the front page of our website.
5. Read other Blog Action Day posts and take part in the discussion.
One of the best things about Blog Action Day is that you make connections with amazing blogs that you might not usually come across.
Follow the live coverage on October 16, on blogactionday.org and our social media profiles to find out about other participant posts. If you like someone’s Blog Action Day post why not leave a comment and share it via social networks.
October 16th is Blog Action Day, the one day of the year where thousands of bloggers can work together to focus on one important global topic, and help raise awareness and money for charities and social causes. 2013 is the fourth year running that Kabissa has participated as a Blog Action Day network partner. This year's theme HUMAN RIGHTS is very relevant to Africa and the communities served by Kabissa members.
As in years past, we enthusiastically encourage everyone blogging from and about Africa, on Kabissa and on your own blogs and websites, to join in and be a part of Blog Action Day. We will do our best to help spread the word about the issues and causes you write about via the Kabissa blog and social networks.
Read on to learn how Blog Action Day works, prepare for blogging on Kabissa, and get information about this year's HUMAN RIGHTS theme.