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Google: evil = faith-based? #09ntc

I’m at the non-profit technology conference in San Francisco. I’ve just attended a session by Google on some of their non-profit programmes such as Google grants, Youtube non-profit channels etc. Based on AIM’s official non-profit status in the US AIM gets free Google Apps for education and we greatly appreciate the tool. However these newer programmes have added new criteria for non-profit elligibility. One of these criteria seems to be that the organisation’s membership must not be motivated primarily by religious faith. During the session I asked why this new criterion is being introduced. The four presenters were unwilling to give any response to my question but “we don’t set the criteria”. Google’s motto is “Don’t be evil” but it seems that Google are beginning to view faith-based motivation as evil. I’d love Google’s policy makers to read Times journalist and atheist Matthew Parris’ article about the difference that faith makes in Africa and reconsider.

yubnub – teleportation for the web

{mosimage}Do you ever get fed up of navigating your way around the web with bookmarks, forms and buttons? Wouldn't it be nice to just type quick commands into your browser which got you right to the page you wanted. How about these for example:

  • gim pigs – to go straight to a google image search for pigs
  • amuk bill bryson – to find books etc. by the Thunderbolt Kid on amazon.co.uk
  • rightmove bs32 – search for houses for sale in Bradley Stoke
  • qdef missional – get a 10 second popup with the definition of an important word

Yubnub is what you need. You can even write your own commands, like I did:

  • nbv eph 4 26 – see a comparison of the chosen verse in 9 different English versions plus the biblical language with translation notes

 
Importantly you don't have to browse to yubnub to use it. Click here to learn how to integrate yubnub into your browser.

Mapping World Mission

{mosimage} One of the presentations here at  ICCM was on the mission mapping project based at www.worldmap.org
. Hidden a little more deeply in the site is an interactve map which
can have various layers switched on and zoomed in and out like Google
Earth. For example start here,
tick the box for the Bible Translation Status layer and zoom in to Côte
d'Ivoire. The data you see is in the maps contributed by many different
mission organisations. Organisations with accounts can store lots and
lots of data and make public or share with other organisations as
appropriate.