“Napster for Good Causes”

Another fascinating article today – the topic: “social software” or tech projects that help people.
From the BBC News article:
“Good ideas that use technology to improve life offline are being sought by a new non-profit organisation.
MySociety is looking to turn the ideas into working projects that help people get involved with their community or make a contribution to civil society.”
“The basic criteria for ideas are that:
They must be internet based
They must have a real world impact
They must serve many people for the same cost as they serve a few”
Here’s another cool example of using the Internet to help people, via the Junkyard Blog: Operation Hero Miles offers a way to donate unused frequent flyer miles to allow soldiers to use use them for flights home. If you’re not using them any way, it seems like a pretty good use for them.