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The Best Dutch VPNs

Confessions of a Non-Profit IT Director - September 24, 2018 - 7:52am

If you are looking for the Beste VPN voor Nederland, you might want to check out our VPN reviews. We’ve compiled a list of comprehensive information regarding the Virtual Personal Network (VPN) providers for the Dutch market, and we hope you’ll be able to pick in accord with what you find on our site.

Best VPN Providers Netherlands

Generally, Best VPN Netherlands represents an article which was specifically tailored for the market in Netherlands. Here you’ll be able to pick from a plethora of VPN providers, such as ExpressVPN, CyberGhost VPN, NordVPN, HotSpot Shield,Vyper VPN, and others.

If you’re wondering which provider offers the best deals, it falls down to what you value the most – the next section will help you understand the key features each VPN provider offers.

What to look out for when sealing VPN deals

The most notable attributions of a good VPN deal is a fair price, satisfactory reliability, high-speed service, and a professional staff comprised of tech support. Only combined these attributes will give you the best VPN deal for the buck.


The price is, for most people, the most important factor of each deal. VPN deals always cost, some more, some less. For instance, Nord VPN offers the most affordable deals, although they might not be as quick and their servers aren’t as reliable as that of VyperVPN.

On the other hand, you might want to not be cheap when looking for VPN deals – certain more expensive deals will grant you more benefits in the long run.


A reliable VPN provider is a host with numerous servers. Some providers only boast a couple hundred servers while others, including prominent leaders in the market such as ExpressVPN and CyberGhost have thousands of servers.


The time it takes for your connection to be established is affected by the quality of your provider’s VPN services. Cheaper deals usually involve high downtimes, and you won’t be able to get connected straight away, so consider getting a more expensive deal if that’s an issue.

Tech Support

Last, but certainly not least, let’s talk a bit about the tech support. Basically, the tech support staff are the people who are always there for you in case you encounter problems with connection. The availability, friendly approach, and similar factors make up a good tech support team – HotSpot Shield, for instance, is famous for having a team of friendly experts.

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Port Allegre Shows How Participatory Budgeting Works

It's Our Economy - September 23, 2018 - 12:00pm
Porto Alegre in Brazil is the world’s first city where residents participate in budgeting decisions, having done so since 1989. But participatory democracy traces far further back. The indigenous Iroquois Confederacy co-participated in that nation’s economic decisions. Now, three decades since Porto Alegre brought this wisdom to non-indigenous politics, the practice has become widespread with over 3,000 municipalities worldwide using participatory budgeting to make financial choices for their communities.
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Nicola Sturgeon Tells Amazon To Ditch Slave Wages Or Lose Millions In Handouts Freeze

It's Our Economy - September 22, 2018 - 7:00am
The First Minister has lost patience with the web giants after their failure to bring in fair working standards and pay staff the Living Wage. Nicola Sturgeon has pulled the plug on multi-million pound grants for Amazon until they pay Scottish workers the Living Wage. The Sunday Mail can reveal the First Minister has introduced new criteria for state handouts that will exclude low-wage employers. She appears to have lost patience with Amazon – owned by the world’s richest man Jeff Bezos – after he consistently refused to pay workers the £8.75 an hour rate recommended by the Living Wage Foundation to guarantee basic living standards for staff. Scottish Government ministers have met with senior managers on a number of occasions, but failed to convince them to adopt the standard at plants in Dunfermline, Fife, and Gourock, Inverclyde.
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What is civic imagination in a city for?

Shareable - Commons - September 20, 2018 - 3:48pm

Op-Ed: Four years ago, three residents were interested in taking care of a bench located in Piazza dei Colori in the suburbs of Bologna, Italy. They approached the city government, which fielded the request through five different departments, but it came to nothing. This is where the well-known "Regulation for the Care and Regeneration of the Urban Commons in Bologna" stems from — a thriving, citizen-led commons initiative.

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Improving community health through farmers markets

Shareable - Commons - September 19, 2018 - 5:06pm

This article was adapted from our latest book, "Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons." Download your free pdf copy today.

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Robotics will Help Businesses Grow, not to Replace Jobs

Confessions of a Non-Profit IT Director - September 19, 2018 - 3:36pm

New technologies have today invaded the workplace in different forms. Many firms, for instance, are currently adopting robotics in various areas such as the sports and manufacturing industries. Police are also using remote-controlled robots and hospitals have adopted robots to assist in surgeries.

Many people think that universal robotics is a preserve of big manufacturing organizations in the automotive industry. However, the world has witnessed various companies such as Universal Robots advocate for the use of robots in small sized manufacturing companies.

A big percentage of robots are used to execute difficult tasks. Robots neither feel pain nor grow weary. They also do not get bored and this is why they are better placed to do repetitive and tedious tasks, some of which require them to work for long hours without getting tired. Universal robotics is the ideal addition to any developing entrepreneurial or innovative organization.

  • Robots and Artificial Intelligence for Business Growth

As an entrepreneur, you have to be creative, forward-thinking, tolerant, and innovative. Many people may not know this but there are numerous small tasks that are essential for business progression that entrepreneurs should execute. There has been an ongoing debate about jobs and robots that indicates that they will replace human workers in the future.

However, studies show that robots, entrepreneurial organizations, and artificial intelligence will have numerous benefits. Robots and machines are capable of doing much of the repetitive and ordinary work such as answering basic queries. This allows managers to engage in more entrepreneurial and creative tasks.

For instance, when robots are answering calls, managers can call on their clients and focus on bringing in more emotional and social value. Additionally, they can take that opportunity to take care of their well-being. Apart from being appropriate for repetitive tasks, robots are not prone to uncertainty, something that affects many entrepreneurial firms especially small sized businesses.

Robots are immune to vagueness and failure which many humans worry about when investing in financial and human resources for new technologies. When considering business development within a new region, for instance, a robot is capable of analyzing numerous data sources without getting influenced by different factors such as risk anxiety or fear of venturing into unfamiliar territory. Currently, technological advancements have enabled entrepreneurial managers especially those in innovative firms to achieve more than they would have before.

  • Will Human Labor Still be Necessary?

Robots will definitely complete ordinary tasks. However, there are specific skills that only humans can execute with utmost exclusivity. This means that we are not yet seeing the end of human labor even though it is costly. For instance, humans best execute the skills needed during networking sessions with funding partners and clients such as reading and acknowledging non-verbal and verbal social ideas.

This is because they are able to self-regulate and modify their actions accordingly. These skills will no doubt come in handy as humans try to master the art of working in collaboration with their robotic counterparts. Robots cannot compete with humans when it comes to emotional and social intelligence.

Even as technology advances, there are thin chances that robots will be capable of displaying or expressing emotions in the future. Currently, programmed mimicry and reactions is the furthest that technological evolution has gone in trying to create assertive robots. Therefore, the tasks that require critical reasoning and problem-solving skills or empathy will still require human intervention.


Will robots replace you at your place of work? The current crop of technologically advanced universal robotics is specially designed to work alongside human workers. This means that they will be appointed the repetitive, basic, and back-breaking tasks. Humans, on the other hand, will have the opportunity to engage in more creative and productive tasks. Additionally, robots have no imaginative abilities which mean that though they can execute repetitive tasks with utmost precision, the same cannot be said when it comes to problem solving tasks and those that require creative reasoning. Since creativity cannot be programmed in machines, robots will not replace humans anytime soon.

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Data archiving – the benefits you can avail

Confessions of a Non-Profit IT Director - September 19, 2018 - 3:09pm

Most of the people want to secure their data and for this they make a backup file for your use in future. Archive can store your one to more files and move it to primary store. These may be long term or permanent storage. Some website and portable transfer protocol sites provide downloadable software programs for storing files and backup. Archive data is usually stored as a file or object that can be stored with metadata attached so that the granular access is possible. You can visit their site for more info.

Archive storage options:   

You can store your files in different ways by using various options. These archives are able to store large amount of data. There are different objects like Tape; it is an effective storage of data but it takes too much time to access data than other objects. Hard disks are also used as data storage. However, it is costly than other objects. Objects, these are most favorable and cost effective archives which are able to assess the large amount of metadata.

What is the importance of data archiving?

Data discovery and visibility: If you are going on a business meeting for a presentation then scratch files are not easy searchable. Archives help you to store your file and data in exact folder. The storage files data on your server are analyzed, classified, and indexed.

Data management: data duplication takes a good percentage on your allowed system. Archives can help you in finding and removing such files.

Reduces backup time – with the increase in data, it takes too much time for data backup. These archives can help you to make a copy for current file as a backup.

Protects your accidental deletion – there are times when you can accidently delete the files and lose them. With archives, you can make a backup of the current file by which a copy is made and saved which can be accessed in case the file is deleted.

Report on data: files can be viewed based on server, size, type, and name, oldest, newest, and large and frequently used for depth-in analysis. It allows you to recognize uses and misuses of data.

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The Best Way To Eradicate Poverty: Welfare Not Jobs

It's Our Economy - September 19, 2018 - 11:00am
The Census released its income, poverty, and health insurance data last week (ASEC, SPM). Among other things, the data allows us to see who was in poverty and therefore gives us good insights about how to eradicate poverty. In this post, I detail what I think these insights are using my own calculations of the 2017 microdata. Below is the overall poverty rate broken down by market income and disposable income. “Market income” refers to all income received from labor earnings and capital ownership. “Disposable income” refers to each person’s final income and takes into consideration taxes paid and government benefits received. For both figures, I use the poverty line of the Supplemental Poverty Metric. In 2017, the market poverty rate was 25 percent. The poverty rate when counting disposable income was 13.9 percent.
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Historic Federal Legislation Embeds Support For Employee-Ownership Within The SBA

It's Our Economy - September 19, 2018 - 10:00am
Please join us in celebrating the first legislation in support of employee ownership in over two decades, and the first to explicitly name worker cooperatives as a priority for the SBA. This is a huge step forward for worker cooperatives, and we are proud to have played a role in making it. Along with many allies in the field, our organizations worked in depth with the bill’s author and sponsor, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, with DAWI doing research and education, and USFWC doing advising and advocacy. We will also play a key role in supporting implementation. This is the power of an organized sector, and we’re just getting started! Please see below for the official press release, and spread the word far and wide.
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Recap: Polycentric planning for Climate Change panel discussion

Shareable - Commons - September 18, 2018 - 8:10pm

During the Global Action Climate Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco last week, Shareable and SPUR hosted an official GCAS affiliate event discussing Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom's idea of a commons-oriented, polycentric approach to climate change. The event featured a lively panel discussion hosted by Neal Gorenflo, Shareable’s co-founder and executive director.

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How to Blend SEO and Creativity for Influencer Marketing?

Confessions of a Non-Profit IT Director - September 18, 2018 - 5:00am

Gone are those days when business entities had to put their manual efforts to adopt conventional modes to promote their products or services. Nowadays, everything is being simplified through innovation when it comes to digital marketing using websites. Having a website, a marketer may increase the value of his product and prevent future switching of customer that may cost him a lot. However, the plain fact is that, for a company to grow, constant search engine optimization is also necessary to maintain such growth, no matter you have a website or online business portal. So, if you are looking for SEO Toronto services then you can approach various IT professionals here, who can help your company to get online traffic.

The Toronto website developer can help to grow your business virtually through SEO tools. Basically, it is a methodology or procedure to increase the quantity of potential customers or generating traffic of prospective to your website through specific keywords. It helps in improving the visibility and rankings of your web page through natural search engine results. Apart from this, its sole purpose is to make web content user friendly, informative and easy to understand. If a marketer has a website, SEO can support to achieve his business goals.

Some Practices That Are Employed In Digital Marketing

First of all, you need to know about White hat SEO technique that is used by many companies. It is one of the most ethical practices to get high ranking through search results.

Second one is Black hat SEO. It is illegitimate method that includes keyword stuffing, hidden links or text that misguides the users and redirects to those websites which they don’t intend to browse.

Third one is Grey hat SEO. Unlike, black hat, grey hat consists of mixed features of both of them. It is used by the IT professional to generate high traffic on a particular website, if he’s paid for that.

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