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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?kfwiq2yotpj7rbrhg32dgzzh6437a4pk

(Hold up, if first you want to get caught up on “What is the Cloud?“? Read from Mashable or LearnFree.)qvo41abhi2c7z610l1k2wf0klf4cg9ex

Calling it “The Cloud” is misleadinge38w6igvbj6eavr5vutfjfesqtauljbq

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.rzzbml98x8qz1vda2lhkxxp4fqw6x19e

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.ay2dnrhmbb7owick9zgxipsdp52wc4cd

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.t4xlrw2bq3dktl6pkjib03jn0pghro9b

Aspiration’s Cloud Considerations Checklistzhu9e99n7706jsk7xzixh1pzigojhss6

1. Follow the Hollywood Marriage Rulezalrhvtshw5y6iynho8p0b179o5sb7y0

Technology relationships do not last forever. Technology changes. every. day. When selecting technology, think in terms of future seperations.5njem8imyhrjd6cmc4qax9608edt09xv

Questions to consider…8o6uhhn55fxsp2pfe3i1nx4tm1fn2le0

  • Can we get our data out?rc02348u2746450k8n2y6bd3y3t9ioc0
  • Is our data really our data, or did we give it over to someone else?x7gqrhxo1srsubwj333kma0ffc1aprdd
  • Is our data secure?aw0j9tul4ke8vlsgbjhzpu2hd07qly3m
  • Who else can see our data on this technology?gaxpwojxlo0clr6f6hil5b7tvrfsb24h

2. The Cloud offers real benefits, but much remains unsolvedh26oh932dd53p0kd87qdol1jlzdj4y9b

Benefitsc97hh3ihy4a18sy9y54s953l161yi6il Unresolvedlv13x4r7uzfmn3s3cvpdeitipbv2youa
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 relationshipsq8ehjnk4dh0obnbqkzlfoysfr49my7pe

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.gurmhocu9cn98h6lz7piuc2dgsmay8k5

4. Your DATA is your digital powerxspdsnc5rvtogfjcqg6f5tpjlxes3d6q

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.5e1zqomv5pzre8ep5oaia6gz9l8flwig

5. The Cloud is in diaperstrznw2bp3b3d3fs6imsmqnlbqbhyaz1t

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.jdtsullxi6ryj951xcd7e0trfhul9iej

Nonprofit Brainstorm: What’s in Your Cloud?799fhgsrg9dk8xjisaetcgykwq2nz3ew

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:xulkfz2hum05o9evoihe0c7ilexsyl9m

  • Where do you have accounts online?lq17kd9btqn9vfac1gh0xautk4ms5nrg
  • Where do you put files online or contact information?m0rpnyby4fa1i56a357syk7jsu3kylxb
  • What internet services are you using to house your data?z7ai5rqdooxyix15s337i3737ipgb9m1

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 ;).vwut5lnsryke1pfk130n46soo8dxqhwb

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.yb4h2dbv3zs9ogqlwx5ivh527qemy0on

Resourcesui5s3oqso9f76p3z4vjgx164mw11cpew

What are other things to consider before putting your data in the cloud?xbyfioiiprn53pyd3qew0zs7tbp3yvcm

until next time,
misty
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(original) View Deutsch 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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