In this weeks Digital Divas episode, we profiled Technology Diva Carrie Borchers on her career journey in sales and technology. Carrie began by telling how she first entered the world of technology. She graduated with a liberal arts degree, an undergraduate degree in Psychology and minor in Spanish and Dance. Her first job out of college was at the Boy Scouts of America as a Business Development Manager.
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This morning the FCC voted to protect real Net Neutrality — marking the biggest victory for the public interest in the agency’s history.
That’s right. We won.
Even a few months ago this victory didn’t seem possible. Last May, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler ignored the public call for real Net Neutrality — and instead released a proposal that would have allowed pay-to-play fast lanes online.
Comcast and its pals thought they’d won the fight. But Free Press members and millions of people across the country proved them wrong. After a year of relentless activism, Wheeler reversed course — moving to give Internet users the strongest protections possible under Title II of the Communications Act.
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Nicole Johnson has been a Systems Engineer and has worked across business units within Cisco for over 8 years. Her experience ranges from Security Consulting to Technical Marketing for Learning and Development.
Kathleen Norton-Schock is an experienced executive with excellent skills in worldwide marketing management, new business development, product/service launch and promotion, in the high technology (IT) industry.
Amanda Lewan is co-founder of Bamboo Detroit, a workspace for startups and entrepreneurs at Brush and Gratiot in downtown Detroit. She is a tireless promoter of entrepreneurs and new businesses in Detroit.
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FCC Ruling….Net Neutrality or Net Zero?
Tim Karr, Senior Director of Strategy for FreePress looks at this week’s decision by the FCC to place Internet Communication under the jurisdiction of Title 2 of the Telecommunications Act. Is this a victory or just another chess move in an unending shell game with the communication giants?
This is an excerpt from one of the simplest and best explanations of the decision we have read:
“Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to regulate broadband companies (including wireless companies) in much the same
The Federal Aviation Administration proposed a new set of long-awaited commercial drone rules on Sunday. And it sounds like Amazon won’t be making those drone deliveries any time soon.The new FAA rules would allow drones to fly during daylight when they can be seen from the ground by their pilots. Altitude is limited to 500 feet, with speeds no faster than 100 mph.
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(Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.
That long-sought and closely guarded ability was part of a cluster of spying programs discovered by Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security software maker that has exposed a series of Western cyberespionage operations.
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BY ADAM HEITZMAN
It used to be the case that credit cards, family, friends, bank loans and personal savings were the most popular ways to fund a business startup, and with the most detailed of business plans, an entrepreneur could pitch Venture Capital firms and Angel Investors for funding. This is now all changing as more and more entrepreneurs are turning to the latest option for startups–Crowdfunding.
For those who are unfamiliar, crowdfunding is a means of raising funds from large groups. Kickstarter is probably the best example of crowdfunding. You create your business plan and idea and then upload it to the website with a financial goal in mind, and people can give money toward your goal if they believe in your business. It’s easy, and it’s a method to keep a close eye on in 2015.
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Courtney Jones is a board member on the Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse, will describe how they have used online resources to spearhead the campaign for restoring and preserving this landmark.The Ypsilanti Freighthouse was a key stop on the early railroads into Michigan’s interior in the early 1800’s and has become a symbol of Ypsilanti’s rebirth in the 21st Century.
Vince Chmelewski, is the owner of Visual Compass, a web design and multi-media company out of Ypsilanti that has helped the Friends of the Freighthouse promote, gather support and crowd source funds for the project. (Full disclosure, Visual Compass, is the power behind our homepage and its exciting renovation coming very soon.)
Joe Bastian is a folkteller who has resurrected the legend of the Red Dwarf or Nain Rouge, a legendary character in the history of Detroit since its founding. He joined us twice last year (Podcast 1412 and Podcast 1429) as he launched a KickStarter campaign to raise $18,000 to produce the first novels in the Nain Rouge …Read More
Michigan Connects TM – Michigan’s most comprehensive source of fiber optic data, is a connection point for businesses, economic developers, planners and consumers seeking information about Michigan’s rich broadband resources. This interactive mapping application uses Esri ArcGIS for Server technology (with the ArcGIS API for Flex) and offers open access to extensive GIS capabilities to publish and share geographic data, maps, analyses and models.
The app provides users with a list of broadband providers that fall into three categories:
- carriers with fiber optic networks within ¼ mile of the user’s click or address;
- carriers offering broadband service at speeds of 100Mbps or faster by any technology platform; and
- carriers with fiber optic networks in the municipality where the user clicked or the address is located.
Additionally, this application allows users to find a comprehensive list of ultra-high-speed network connectivity throughout the state, among other key features, including:
- Detailed data and analytics about last mile and long haul fiber optic networks from commercial and public-sector providers.
- Resources and information designed to support site selection for bandwidth-intensive enterprises and industries, including data center operations.
- Fiber optic and last mile broadband data provided by 100+ of Michigan’s telecommunications carriers searchable to street level