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Are you considering using the Cloud at your nonprofit organization? What are some implications of the use of the Cloud for nonprofits and social justice movements?8vk2fo1d7yfiq0l0rl75wa83amjcbdda

(Hold up, if first you want to get caught up on “What is the Cloud?“? Read from Mashable or LearnFree.)hv1fwrc6rxn8g8e3y66vlaf53ovdh42o

Calling it “The Cloud” is misleadingdy6yg49nyruasu7pxhwx6zuampynh0lk

The Cloud is sold as a nicely packaged solution to store your data in one secure place. The reality of our current Cloud use is different. Really, the Cloud is a densely fragmented patchwork of services, models, and tools that you use online to store, edit, and share information.6txj7bmrrd1dwujxei2ijrpcztgd9gb5

As technology users and consumers, and as social justice workers, we like to think about how storing and sharing information online may effect our organization or the people we serve.m9wt0s4k9e7smrw75skxu8d1mf8ef4wr

We’ve put together a few thoughts over time. The following list is by no means all inclusive but hopefully presented as a path to start conversations. We are inspired to collaborate with you around the awareness of shared responsibility as activists using Cloud technologies.flnwrhzokiwv9rqx4aqi80q2h18463mc

Aspiration’s Cloud Considerations Checklist4x1x1rsx0jcbswu6ydmnh9nvcs7d8253

1. Follow the Hollywood Marriage Ruleacqjsj6o63ex0lkgzjru4bb75mb47097

Technology relationships do not last forever. Technology changes. every. day. When selecting technology, think in terms of future seperations.gwzm4lbtw5xhykg3u0hmwg646o0zu121

Questions to consider…gn4lwl51wayld9okei49s8hbzariub20

  • Can we get our data out?cyis4s5exhijek4g9iyxjmzmm6gm2lq4
  • Is our data really our data, or did we give it over to someone else?m3akwwpe7jo6ue1f9zr8p3psp6wnrma3
  • Is our data secure?ffjn6330i6u9hvw6qigb3wkvltxvj3io
  • Who else can see our data on this technology?kaztayruh9gvo1s53gye0u7o204wpni0

2. The Cloud offers real benefits, but much remains unsolvedl37sd1bgrf34sr5k44n5i3ivr7jmh1lt

Benefitsry5y0f0t81qqig22h3oahkop9ga6qn57 Unresolvedxtlmns7n75uu8myju06ve0bjrpiqfp52
Makes new collaborations possible
Increases availability of info
Improves efficieny in communciation
Allows for mobility
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Maintaining unified online identity
Undetermined control of data
Unclear third party actors
Fuzzy open standards
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3. Most cloud solutions are uniquely unleveraged relationshipsr4fw3qpk7qv3xx0vnsm5bgsl6ldbgogx

Most cloud providers hold too many cards. They are uniquely leveraged in how much data they have and what they can do with it. Better checks and balances systems need to be put in place.pkvoep7dp8104cc4f1l1mff9s74blb01

4. Your DATA is your digital power8c45zsr0zfn99282y8bb469yif2jv7nu

Putting organizations files, contacts, and data in the cloud raises rather than lowers the stakes on protecting it. If it really matters, keep-up-to-date versions locally, along with Plan B.bdr3vjwj6vbikylv28l2dv79xkmvg1mi

5. The Cloud is in diapersh8p9ixlv5zgmsmhuxo46buclftdy6nne

The idea of the cloud is still young. Don’t trailblaze or make big bets if you don’t have too. Rather, model on others’ success. Time will tell and teach.iifq305zx5kdwuc9ydtfb26rlis5yiq6

Nonprofit Brainstorm: What’s in Your Cloud?v8hj3t2x0x8bf4qooupdw5qc27gmvqih

Before considering the Cloud or reviewing your current Cloud use, a good place to start is figuring out where you currenty put all your data as an organization. Start with these questions:z84zzkof7vd2qilz9bzl4bo5yc0xx2zm

  • Where do you have accounts online?m41nmyerog06hozh4908lsthglrhn500
  • Where do you put files online or contact information?szharsk3mkm96uvxh6ib07xafaxzb7ht
  • What internet services are you using to house your data?lbqvi0xpyobctcpofp6ed0susxy8l67x

When you start by taking an inventory of where you are at, you can get a real sense of where you stand rather than getting paranoid (or nihilistic) about your cloud use ;).7cvtv9kqn4zmmpkz17hnmo9673i2o17l

NptechReality

Thank you to Gunner for sharing his tips on the Cloud through many nonprofit technology trainings and inspiring the blog post. Thank you to Jessica Steimer for helping to get our data house in order.xcc6dudiokoudev2psfvs6x703uktqvg

Resourcesbjvhv5sf8cbrd6rgxrbsvryrgshh7y38

What are other things to consider before putting your data in the cloud?rvvppbfvfu09vu5lb0jsivdm9uvwrqc9

until next time,
misty
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(original) View Afrikaans translation

anothercloud

Are you considering using the Cloud at your nonprofit organization? What are some implications of the use of the Cloud for nonprofits and social justice movements?

(Hold up, if first you want to get caught up on “What is the Cloud?“? Read from Mashable or LearnFree.)

Calling it “The Cloud” is misleading

The Cloud is sold as a nicely packaged solution to store your data in one secure place. The reality of our current Cloud use is different. Really, the Cloud is a densely fragmented patchwork of services, models, and tools that you use online to store, edit, and share information.

As technology users and consumers, and as social justice workers, we like to think about how storing and sharing information online may effect our organization or the people we serve.

We’ve put together a few thoughts over time. The following list is by no means all inclusive but hopefully presented as a path to start conversations. We are inspired to collaborate with you around the awareness of shared responsibility as activists using Cloud technologies.

Aspiration’s Cloud Considerations Checklist

1. Follow the Hollywood Marriage Rule

Technology relationships do not last forever. Technology changes. every. day. When selecting technology, think in terms of future seperations.

Questions to consider…

  • Can we get our data out?
  • Is our data really our data, or did we give it over to someone else?
  • Is our data secure?
  • Who else can see our data on this technology?

2. The Cloud offers real benefits, but much remains unsolved

Benefits Unresolved
Makes new collaborations possible
Increases availability of info
Improves efficieny in communciation
Allows for mobility
Maintaining unified online identity
Undetermined control of data
Unclear third party actors
Fuzzy open standards

3. Most cloud solutions are uniquely unleveraged relationships

Most cloud providers hold too many cards. They are uniquely leveraged in how much data they have and what they can do with it. Better checks and balances systems need to be put in place.

4. Your DATA is your digital power

Putting organizations files, contacts, and data in the cloud raises rather than lowers the stakes on protecting it. If it really matters, keep-up-to-date versions locally, along with Plan B.

5. The Cloud is in diapers

The idea of the cloud is still young. Don’t trailblaze or make big bets if you don’t have too. Rather, model on others’ success. Time will tell and teach.

Nonprofit Brainstorm: What’s in Your Cloud?

Before considering the Cloud or reviewing your current Cloud use, a good place to start is figuring out where you currenty put all your data as an organization. Start with these questions:

  • Where do you have accounts online?
  • Where do you put files online or contact information?
  • What internet services are you using to house your data?

When you start by taking an inventory of where you are at, you can get a real sense of where you stand rather than getting paranoid (or nihilistic) about your cloud use ;).

NptechReality

Thank you to Gunner for sharing his tips on the Cloud through many nonprofit technology trainings and inspiring the blog post. Thank you to Jessica Steimer for helping to get our data house in order.

Resources

What are other things to consider before putting your data in the cloud?

until next time,
misty



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