Your voice re: IT is important: share it on TechSoup

Jayne Cravens
Posted July 29, 2020 from United States

TechSoup is a nonprofit based in San Francisco, California, with affiliates all over the world. TechSoup has a lot of different programs, and one of them is an online community for discussions about all aspects of computer and Internet tech, from hardware and security topics to digital ethics, online reputation, keeping ICT4D projects focused on the beneficiaries, and more. I've been involved in the community since its launch 20 years ago - I don't at all consider myself a "techie", but I use computers and the Internet SO MUCH in my work and I want to get out there and make sure user perspectives are discussed and addressed! When the TechSoup community first began, there was a really excellent gender balance in terms of most active contributors, and it had women from different parts of the world posting. But now... it's very North American male-dominated. 

So many of you have great things to share on the TechSoup community - your favorite app to use in your work, how your program is engaging with people online because of COVID-19 fears, how you address online attacks, how women stay safe online, challenges you face in doing anything regarding computers and the Internet, and on and on. And what's nice about sharing on TechSoup is that: 

  • it raises both the profile of your program and YOUR profile (there are a lot of tech funders who read the forum).
  • it's a great way to get answers to tech-related questions and concerns.
  • it can help you network with people that are good to know, including potential partners.

You can view the list of different TechSoup forum subjects, you can view the list of most recent posts, you can see all of my posts so you can see how I use the forum, and you can do searches on topics you are interested in, like accessibility or ethics or Africa. A good first post is to introduce yourself, your program/affiliations and how you use computers (including smart phones) or the Internet in your work. And I would love it if you would post in the digital engagement branch specifically and talk about the challenges women in your country face in having access to both the Internet and careers related to tech.  

Would love to see you there! 

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Chi8629
Jul 30
Jul 30

Thank you for sharing.

Nini Mappo
Jul 30
Jul 30

It is valuable information Jayne. I am not in tech-anything but I hope that people in tech on this platform find this and benefit from it.
Good on you for sharing.

In sisterhood,
Nini

Hello, Jayne,

TechSoup is a great online resource. I just browse the site right now, and there is a vast of info and even tech-related volunteer opportunities.

Thanks for sharing this with us. I hope our Tech Savvy sisters check this out, too. It might be helpful to post this as an OFFER to our the Resources Page here.

Millynairi
Jul 31
Jul 31

Dear Jyne,
Thanks for sharing. I have searched through the net and seen Tech soup and it looks great!

Vanora.Lee
Jul 31
Jul 31

Thanks for the information and sharing.

SanPatagonia
Aug 02
Aug 02

Such an interesting tech node! Thank you for sharing!
San

Beth Lacey
Aug 03
Aug 03

TechSoup is very helpful

Kirthi Jayakumar
Aug 06
Aug 06

How exciting! Thank you for sharing about TechSoup! I am definitely going to look it up!

Thelma obani 2020
yesterday
yesterday

Thanks for sharing dear.
I will read about your initiative