Author: Amit Deshmukh

How To Make Sure Your Non-Profit Doesen’t Get Hacked

The title of this post is misleading. No organization big or small can ever be secured from hacking. Think Edward Snowden and the NSA. That being said, there is a lot you can do to make it difficult and expensive to compromise sensitive information that your non-profit organization or social enterprise collects. And these tips will go a long way to make sure you’re non-profit does not get hacked. Why Non-profits are a Target Non-profits may possess information that is valuable to hackers: Donor details – Your donors and supporters could be high net individuals. If a hacker were able to send an email from your organization to your donors, there is a greater chance they would open them allowing the hacker to target your donor. Personally identifiable information (PII) – Personal information such as social security numbers, email addresses, phone numbers and address details allow hackers to re-create identities which are then sold on the underground markets. Financial and Health information – Credit card numbers, bank account details, amounts transferred, patient data etc can …

Are You On India’s Bribe Map?

Last year, we did a story on IPaidABribe.com (IPAB), a website where people can report bribe’s they’ve paid to get access to Government services in India, as well as corruption incidents involving Government officers. IPaidABribe.com lets you add details such as the amount of money paid, your city and the government department that was involved. Names are scrubbed out from the database to ensure that individual identities are protected. Janagraha, the NGO behind IPAB uses this data to lobby the government department into taking action against corruption. We analyzed the data published by IPAB to figure out what corruption in India looks like. The data consisted of more than 15,000 reports crowd-sourced from individuals via the web or SMS. The reports start with 4 reports of bribes paid in 1995 to over 5000 reports of bribes paid in 2011. The site has crowd sourced reports totalling to about Rupees 35.2 million paid in bribes, or US$ 7.16 million We notice that a lot of bribes – about 65% – are collected within the first 10 …

Hub India to Turbo Charge Innovation, Collaboration and Social Good

Are you a social innovator? Have you got a great idea that you think makes big bucks as well as solves a social problem? Are you making plans for building the next big social enterprise? If you are, you’re probably going to need one or more of the following: a great team, seed funding to get started, peer and customer feedback, mentoring from experts and a market for your product or service. But finding these connections can be hard for a startup social enterprise and thats where the Hub can help. The Hub is a network of co-working spaces that serve as meeting points for people looking to make a better world. There are currently Hubs in 26 cities all over the world, with more than 4000 members from nearly every profession or background. The one thing that unites them all, is a culture of doing good. At a Hub, you would be likely to meet entrepreneurs, design and creative professionals, artists, activists, investors and service providers. The Hub provides a physical meeting space for …

Three Big Opportunities for Social Innovation in 2012

Last year we did an article predicting disruptive social innovation trends in 2011. By mid year, we’d seen impact investing and crowd-funding for social enterprises taking off, and covered tech for social good. We’d also seen Japan’s earthquake relief efforts gamified by Zynga. As the new year began over the weekend, we asked ourselves the question – What opportunities exist to innovate for social good in 2012? We realized there were several. Here are the three social good challenges that topped our list, underpinned by data and web 1. Crowd-sourcing opinion and sentiment for Activism and Campaigns Time magazine acknowledged that 2011 was the year of the protestor. From #OWS in the US to protests in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and the anti-corruption campaign in India, protestors took to the streets demanding change. Mainstream media either downplayed the protests (as in Syria and the US) or hyped them (India, Egypt) but there is currently no way to accurately gauge or measure sentiment through crowd-sourced opinions. For instance #OWS was about the 99% against the 1%. But …

Dutiee’s Top 3 Social Good Stories in 2011

2011 has been a fantastic year for us at Dutiee. We’ve had a great time bringing you stories that have personally excited us. This year, we made many friends, learned about world changing ideas and with your help, we’ve managed to spread social good stories all over the web. All of this would be impossible without our readers. So here’s a BIG THANK YOU to you from everyone at Dutiee! We close the year by highlighting Dutiee’s 3 Top stories of 2011. These stories resonated with many, and were widely shared on the web. We see a common trend – they’re stories of doing things differently – to bring about systemic changes in society, and help improve the lives of people in both the developed and developing worlds. We look forward to an exciting year ahead, and will continue to bring you the best of Social Good that the web has to offer. Happy New Year!

Four Startups Decongesting India’s Traffic

If you’ve ever lived in, or visited India, you would attest to the fact that travel as well as the daily rush hour commute can be a nightmare. The city of Mumbai for example, has a population of about 23 million. It is estimated that at least 12 million commute to work everyday. About 18,00,000 vehicles run on the roads everyday of which public transport is just 9.2% of total vehicular traffic. Apart from average road quality, there are other reasons why traffic jams occur. Public transport is not available in many cities, and even where available, schedules and transport information is hard to access for the public. Moreover, addresses in India are not geo-referenced. So you cant really lookup an address on google maps and work out how to get somewhere. Despite these limitations, some startups are looking at solving the problem of unreliable public transport and traffic congestion: 1. 360Navigator 360Navigator promotes the use of public transport in Mumbai, by providing accurate informatiom on train and bus schedules, taxi and rickshaw fares and …

Fashion Creates Literacy Through Crowd-Funding

BLISS is an organization that provides adolescent girls with an education as well as a livelihood through high-fashion. We previously wrote about BLISS in this article. BLISS brings girl laborers to school and provides them an education. Girls who previously worked at carpet looms for 14 hours every day now learn English, Urdu & Math, as well as embroidery in a skills class. The embroidered fabric is finished into trendy fashionable handbags. And the money goes to the girls so they can support their families while getting an education. You can view their collection of fine handcrafted handbags here: http://on.fb.me/ncj3YZ To test drive their idea, BLISS ran a pilot in Attock, Pakistan. And the response was overwhelming. The first line of handbags was sold out within weeks. The pilot has allowed for 30 girls to attend school on a regular basis. The girls’ hourly income has gone up 60% since working full time, and attendance rates are now 90%. More importantly however, the girls now perceive school as more fun, relevant and practical. They’re also …

Four Attitudes Defining World 2.0

This article is a follow on from our previous post on Four Movements that Define World 2.0 where we highlight systemic changes that enable social and economic interactions that are redefining a new world. World 2.0 is what we consider as a global effort to make sense of our current economic, political and environmental instability, and develop systems and relationships to overcome these challenges for the good of all. In this article, we show you four social attitudes that have emerged (and are still evolving) to make World 2.0 possible. 1. Innovation With the current economy being what it is today, we can scarcely predict what its going to look like in a week’s time! Many people, especially those still at college believe that its best to take matters into one’s own hands. It costs almost nothing to start your own venture these days, and more people are likely to take 6 months off to give their ideas a shot at becoming successful. What’s exciting is that more and more new ideas are now focussed …

10 Must Go Websites for Holiday Shoppers

We’re closing in fast on the holiday season! This time of year also happens to coincide with a lot of birthdays of friends and family. This year I’ve been trying to look beyond the usual gadgets/t-shirts/girlie things to get as gifts. And looking at unique, hand-made and one of a kind products, not to be found in retail stores, that can be bought online. I also asked around to see what others were recommending. From this research we came up with a neat list of stores that should have something for practically anyone. 1. Hoop Fund Hoop is part crowd-funding platform and part store. The website lets users contribute to the production of ethically made products (as an investor), as well as enjoy the products created directly by farmers and artisans. Hoop bundles combines a deal on the products along with a microloan to the people who make them. Customers help with doing good while discovering great products to buy or gift. Producers get new financing options to improve and diversify their businesses, and sustainable …

Robin Hood Tax: Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Millions Worldwide Plan the World’s Biggest Bank Job

The Robin Hood Tax is a proposed tax on banks and financial institutions, that would raise hundreds of billions every year, to address problems of poverty and climate change worldwide. The idea Remember Robin Hood? He took from the rich and gave to the poor. And looked a bit like Russel Crowe. The Robin Hood tax does exactly that, except in this case, the ‘rich’ are banking and financial institutions. And the ‘poor’ are the public services, poverty and climate change issues worldwide. The current financial crisis and recession have left a massive hole in the public finances of several EU countries, as well as the US. Jobs and public services are at risk in developed countries, while many developing countries also face severe problems, the biggest being poverty and climate change. The Robin Hood tax attempts to clear up the mess the way Robin Hood would! Hundreds of Thousands of Robin Hood supporters worldwide believe that banks, hedge funds and the rest of the financial sector should pay their fair share to clear up …