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Mar
14
 

NJP is about to award our 2014 webinar contract and needs your help choosing which topics to cover. Please take 5 minutes to vote for the topics you want to see covered!

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6Z6MNFL

 

This survey also includes 5 questions designed to improve NTAP’s services. 

 

Thanks for your time.  The Survey closes Next Wednesday at  3pm PST.  PLEASE Share widely! 

Mar
10
 

One more reason to check out our web accessibility guide:

The Justice Department announced today that it has entered a landmark consent decree with H&R Block in National Federation of the Blind, et al. and United States v. HRB Digital LLC, et al. The decree resolves the Department’s first ADA lawsuit centered on the accessibility of corporate websites and mobile applications.  Under the decree, H&R Block will make its website, tax filing utility, and mobile applications conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 to the Level AA Success Criteria, will pay damages to the two named plaintiffs, and pay a civil penalty.  H&R Block will also take a number of steps to maintain the accessibility of www.hrblock.com and its mobile apps with WCAG 2.0 AA, including adopting a policy, training employees and ensuring accountability, conducting regular automated and user testing, and regular reporting.

To find out more about the ADA or this consent decree, call the Justice Department's toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD), or access its ADA.gov website.

Mar
10
 

Please fell free to write NTAP into your grant as a palce to share Best Pratices from your grant. 2014 TIG LOI Webinar

For 2014, LSC has an appropriation of $3.45 million to fund technology projects across the legal services community. This year’s TIG areas of interest align closely with the key initiatives identified in LSC’s Summit on the Use of Technology to Expand Access to Justice. Applications for a wide variety of projects are welcome. Programs need not limit their proposals to the above topics. Any initiative that makes innovative use of technology to enhance client self-help or otherwise improve the legal services delivery system will be considered. The deadline for submission of TIG letters of intent is March 17, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

2014 TIG LOI Webinar from Legal Services Corporation on Vimeo.

Feb
18
 
dropboxAndBoxCryptor
Cloud Storage + Box Cryptor = cloud security!
 
Storing files on cloud has become an extremely secure and convenient way to keep you files easily accessible from many different kinds of devices. As a result, web applications that can store files on cloud such as Dropbox and Google drive have been getting lots of attentions. With those cloud service tools, you can have all their photos, documents, and videos available anywhere and anytime. Any file that you store in your cloud is automatically saved and synced to all your different devices and on their Websites. The cloud service providers make the files very easy to back-up, share and sync files. They sometimes also provide the features to share with other users with a just couple clicks.
 
To keep the client files secure, most of the cloud providers offer basic secure services. However, that doesn’t really assure users that hackers can’t get into their cloud accounts. Cloud users should keep in mind that even though the cloud services have already provided the first layer of secure to their files, there’s still possibilities that the files on the cloud could be hacked. The clients themselves should be responsible for the security of their files. So, the best way to go about this is to encrypt them.  Encrypting files before syncing them to the cloud is actually not hard at all. You do not need to know any code or hire someone else to encrypt your files. There are some services on the internet that offers encryption for free, or a small fee. Besides the web tools, you can also encrypt your file on your own.
 
One of the most popular on cloud encryption service is box cryptor. It is really easy to install and use. The program uses AES-256 and RSA encryption algorithms to protect your files. It could not be easily decrypted by others. If you know how to use dropbox, you already know how to use box cryptor as well. After installing box cryptor, the program will create a box cryptor folder that connect to all your cloud storage folders on your desktop. If theres any files that you want to save it on the drive with encryption, you can do that all in one action, drag the file to the box cryptor folder. Then, the file will be automatically encrypted and saved on you dropbox. It is an easy tool to use and help you to keep your files even more secure!
Feb
10
 

Great idea! Using video games to teach law. This could have a large impact on legal literacy. I myself lerned a lot about how code, both legal (statutes) and technological code by playing games. Combining learning the law and learning gaming seems like a natural fit. The Game is being crowd funded on Rocket Hub @ Game for Legal Services -Time Travel! An Estate Quest! Learn Law By Gaming!

Description

Please help us create one of the first games for legal services. We believe games can empower and educate the public to know their legal rights. Your funding will help us explore the ability to do this with basic estate planning concepts. Help us build a fun, new path to increase access to the law. Funds will be used to build out four additional levels of the game, playtest, refine, and provide to the public to play for free.
 

 

  • Solve mysteries!
  • Travel through time with a Time Machine!
  • Learn the basics of estate planning!
  • Connect with real-world resources that may be used to protect your friends and family!    

Game Play
The player is a detective presented with different case files about individuals who failed to prepare estate planning for their families before their death. The player uses a time machine to time travel to different dates showing scenes in the case. Each scene is interactive with animated elements and clues for the player to discover. The clues reveal what should have been written into an estate plan to prevent the negative consequences.

Through game play, the player uses the time machine and the clues to uncover the mystery and to create a more positive outcome for the family. In the process, the player learns basic estate planning concepts and connects with real-word resources that may be used to create estate planning to protect his or her family. Facebook and Twitter connections to the game allow the player to share progress and engage with their friends and family about end of life planning. "Rewards" for completing the game in later versions will include free or discounted legal services pertaining to estate planning. This game will be mobile, cross-platform and free to play.

Examples of basic estate planning concepts used in the game: 1) Naming a guardian for your children, 2) Providing specific bequests, 3) Setting up testamentary trusts for children, 4) Naming an executor, 5) Providing for your pets, etc.

This is a game for social good intended to educate the public in a fun, social way about their legal rights as they relate to estate planning. It is not intended to provide legal advice or substitute for the advice of a licensed lawyer. 

Click Here to Play the Prototype of Level One! 

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