Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mikogo: Free Online Meetings

I love free software…especially when it works well.  I got a ping from my boss today to check out this mikogo product that he heard about.  Imagine my surprise when I tried it and it worked.

Mikogo is very similar to Webex from a user perspective.  Essentially, you set up an account and share your desktop or specific applications.  You can whiteboard, send files, record the meeting, switch control, presenters, etc.

To use it, you go to the website: http://www.mikogo.com and download the little application.  Once you have an account set up, you can start a meeting and then send the meeting ID to people you want to have join the meeting.  It would be a great feature to have a button that would create a direct link that I could copy and paste into an email or instant message rather than email instructions to people on how to connect…I favor the ‘click here’ method of starting a meeting.

At this point, I’m not sure what spam I’ve invited into my mailbox, so I used my gmail account that does a pretty good job of filtering crap out of my inbox.

Nice catch bill…

Monday, March 9, 2009

Internet Voting Success…

Over the past two weeks, over 11,000 Ontario NDP party members voted for their leader using the Intelivote platform for Internet and Telephone voting.  The event was reported by officials to be ‘an unqualified success’ using a combination of mail in ballots, Internet voting, telephone voting and kiosk voting from the convention floor.

The Intelivote platform has been used internationally to deliver electronic elections successfully.  Voters are issued a Personal Identification Number that they can use to participate in any one of the voting channels, there is no need to declare how you intend to vote in advance, no need to pre-register for voting, and no need to leave your living room if that’s what you choose to do.

Once again Intelivote has proven itself as the world leader in electronic democracy.