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Social Marketing Strategies from Nonprofit Charity: Water

March 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm PST

March 22nd is World Water Day, and water focused nonprofits around the world will bring to your attention that nearly one billion people on our planet still live without access to life’s most basic need: clean, safe drinking water.

These organizations need to capture your attention, access your network, and earn your dollars. Cisco supports many nonprofits with the shared mission of clean water (learn more here), but one specific organization caught my eye today, charity: water. Read More »

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Future Fashion: Wearable Computing Comes of Age

March 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm PST

I want a tricorder, and I want it now! Well maybe not a tricorder specifically but I certainly want my technology to take the natural next step and become more and more wearable with products such as iPod watches, heads up display (HUD) glasses, and smart fabric available. This doesn’t seem so far fetched given the recent buzz that Google will be launching smart glasses that are Android-based. These glasses will include a small screen that sits a few inches from someone’s eye. The glasses will also have a 3G or 4G data connection and a number of sensors including motion and GPS. The smart glasses would be navigated via tilting and nodding which would make those folks talking on Bluetooth devices you can’t see look darn normal in comparison. So from Google Goggles to Google Glasses, looks like wearable computing is becoming an imminent reality.

Smart glasses are only the beginning though. Read More »

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Meet Liang Si: A Pioneer of Corporate Social Media in Greater China

March 15, 2012 at 11:10 am PST

Meet Liang: Role Model for Greater China Social Ambassadors

Based in the Greater China Systems Engineering team, Liang is a social media pioneer who has naturally established himself as a leader of social media for other Greater China social ambassadors through his exemplary social activities on Sina Weibo (China’s most widely used micro-blogging site akin to a hybrid of Twitter and Facebook) and Cisco China’s Online Community.

In particular, he is revered for his constant active two-way engagements on social platforms.  After becoming a member of the Cisco China Online Community, he joined 27 topic groups within the online platform. From then on, Liang has not only published work around 16 different topics, but he has also eagerly contributed to the community with rich content about the company’s cutting-edge technology.

How Liang Optimally Uses Social Media

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Join us for Cisco Live Melbourne

March 14, 2012 at 5:45 am PST

Join us on March 21 in Cisco Live Virtual for Cisco Live Melbourne 2012, featuring a keynote address with Robert Lloyd. Cisco Live Virtual brings you the best of Cisco Live events held worldwide throughout the year. Now you can experience the energy and excitement of the Cisco Live Melbourne without ever leaving your desk.
Highlights include:

  • A live keynote address by Robert Lloyd, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations, Cisco
  • Cisco and Partner Resource Centers with valuable whitepapers, videos, reference materials, and case studies
  • Answers to your toughest technical questions in virtual Ask-the-Expert Center live webcasts
  • Over 150 PDFs from sessions presented in Cisco Live Melbourne

Be sure to visit Cisco Live Virtual post-event to view 35 session videos presented at from Cisco Live Melbourne.

Follow Cisco Live Melbourne on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ciscolivemel

Date: March 21 8:30 am – 9:45 am AEDT (2:30 pm PT/5:30 pm ET/9:30 pm GMT, March 20th)
Register for free: http://www.ciscolivevirtualapac.com

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It’s Time to Have a Serious Conversation About Internet Privacy Laws

March 14, 2012 at 4:15 am PST

On Saturday, March 10, Jasmin Melvin published the story “Web Giants Face Battle Over ‘Do Not Track’, Other Consumer Privacy Legislation.” The U.S. government, and governments around the world, have their eyes set on Google, Apple, and Facebook and their current and future policies in regards to internet privacy laws. SOPA, or the Stop Online Piracy Act, was the legislature’s first major attempt at regulating the Internet, and web giants like Google and Wikipedia responded with a day of blackouts, generating “3.9 million tweets, 2,000 people a second trying to call their elected representatives, and more than 5,000 people a minute signing petitions opposing the legislation.” SOPA may have failed, but you can be sure it won’t be the last attempt at regulation. This week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), plans to issue new recommendations for Internet privacy and data management policy.

You might think, “What’s the big deal, sure I want my privacy protected from Google, Facebook and the like, this is the United States of America.” Well, it’s not quite that simple. I agree, Google and Facebook can’t afford to get this one wrong: they would risk losing massive numbers of users who opt out, or choose new options that don’t track data or new features such as a “do not track” button. But decisions like this have massive consequences that go beyond personal privacy and data management. Read More »

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