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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?edhw4bl7v1zbj5e8yfjni1kxedibluhq

(Hold up, if first you want to get caught up on “What is the Cloud?“? Read from Mashable or LearnFree.)a1n04ojtmbpvpfyg3owf8d89za1ye85e

Calling it “The Cloud” is misleading9obtnloqcjdp7x93ekvijwlwz1fdklsk

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.1xi86it01zx0gdworg6x1le5rrh1q57i

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.4wc4a7779d2uxd10udgx4cg5cin9uwqp

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.37i7qswgu0q2eqxvk5g9ajk97hsvakl4

Aspiration’s Cloud Considerations Checklistj4yy2rwrciwz359mcexn2hpft3kvf75p

1. Follow the Hollywood Marriage Rule8w0d864ogq3qn6luz7bejlsvxprbbzi9

Technology relationships do not last forever. Technology changes. every. day. When selecting technology, think in terms of future seperations.3316rh13jz8nnyzqp6pt45txdwxq77q0

Questions to consider…ryzcwdqf0lurv4vp23pf24grvm5sw9rd

  • Can we get our data out?2t8f52ljbp1uimpy04e0xwtb8q50o9hg
  • Is our data really our data, or did we give it over to someone else?qo62axadatogqslfdke4vuyn8ydkvuzb
  • Is our data secure?dj3qfth79ea1fghwq0f7ttlyp73lkeho
  • Who else can see our data on this technology?jfjw26n1pie5nnddlfxb89p9oxbm9gzj

2. The Cloud offers real benefits, but much remains unsolvedajdjipg94d29lhrqiojfxnh8w4oss1ds

Benefitsxeb6524llgoca5m7u31iu33jctebgld4 Unresolved3rruaytfkkbyibioq114sj8vukmcoodh
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 relationshipsifdcihvousa2le4nb98qfaeyu145bd7k

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.j74ckkft3hetp4z3ugxhf1q41qjv39bc

4. Your DATA is your digital power1hcbnozfdo1ltcd0wnmqfakbryhmeng6

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.f6wm5hevzg60cnrfm4j61dme8nnkavpg

5. The Cloud is in diapers81n7e6rhakvlgm3n2nprf5hgl9nakuxj

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.9tdozatl1q0dkuzl4uw0fwbnazkiuq1t

Nonprofit Brainstorm: What’s in Your Cloud?e6bum50fic4ya0ckgrw4ucyy97skja1o

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:sdv55gfv349ebsqypqb2yx01qwgigjty

  • Where do you have accounts online?s534p1hzvse5xi4e8fiby6b8x3d8qee9
  • Where do you put files online or contact information?g1jsufouuwjrnp0v3vjfxnz2gumag0yn
  • What internet services are you using to house your data?4wyyzav5tz5vddwugb1iu3ldxkcbnkxh

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 ;).uibkyb5w7usys797vj54igdt38pgn3t7

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.tg9c9s577vhd044z5sm1ty008dhzbreu

Resourceseher4js7ebm4u0ha8ses1mytm01bvld0

What are other things to consider before putting your data in the cloud?18dea4l62wrbtffmpq6zb7utbnw8haj9

until next time,
misty
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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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