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Good to Know…Week of November 1, 2010

MPA NEWS

Guide to Masters in Public Administration Programs
Links to the best online masters in public administration degrees. Use the links provided next to each school to request free information from the college about the programs it provides. If you’re interested in enrolling in an online masters in public administration program, request information from at least four different colleges as there are distinctions between programs that are best explained by the schools themselves.

To view this site, go to: Mastersinpublicadministration.com

SOCIAL MEDIA

The Facebook Election: Can the Social Network Predict Winners in the 2010 Midterms?
In some races, there are large gaps in the number of friends various competitors have. Is that an indicator of how they’ll do at the polls?

In Nevada, Republican challenger Sharron Angle is not only leading Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the polls, she’s also far ahead on the social nets. When we started writing this story, Angle’s Facebook page had 104,059 fans vs. a mere 14,348 for Reid. Angle is also leading when it comes to voter sentiment–by four points, according to the latest Rasmussen poll. And Facebook’s public policy team says that Angle is piling on new supporters at a faster rate than Reid. In the last two weeks, Angle’s Facebook fan base grew by 10,500, vs. just 921 for Reid.

To read this article, go to: Fastcompany.com

The 3 Phases of Social Media Acceptance
Social media and other Web 2.0 tools are beginning to make major inroads into the federal government. But like any new technology, there are always rough spots when new capabilities are implemented.

To read this article, go to: GCN.com

TECH NEWS

Clinton to Tech Innovators and Entrepreneurs: “We Want You”
Public officials swinging by Silicon Valley usually are on the prowl for precious campaign dollars. But Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a point of stopping by the Bay Area on Friday night to ask for something completely different: the tech world’s energy and expertise. “The new communication tools that you and I use as a matter of course are helping to connect and empower civil society leaders, democracy activists, and everyday citizens,” Clinton said in a speech at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club. “We need your help.”

To read this article, go to: Fastcompany.com

Hackers May have Advanced Evasion Techniques
An independent laboratory has confirmed a Finnish security firm’s reported discovery of new evasion techniques that can allow hackers undetected access to key target systems, defeating the most common security systems.

To read this article, go to: GCN.com

ALTERNATIVE POWER

Wind Could Drive 20% of World Power Needs By 2030, With China in Lead
Despite earlier setbacks, wind power may have reached a tipping point. This morning we learned that Google (of all companies) is investing up to $200 million in infrastructure to support a massive wind farm 10 miles off the East Coast that will be operational in 2016. And approval was granted just last week for the first offshore wind project in the U.S., a $1 billion 130-windmill affair off the coast of Cape Cod.

To read this article, go to: Fastcompany.com

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