The National e-Commerce Extension Initiative

Issue No. 52  March 2013 eNews: The National e-Commerce Extension Initiative
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Higher rural broadband adoption linked with economic health

Higher rural broadband adoption rates are directly linked with economic health, according to new research released by the National Agricultural & Rural Development Policy Center. The research looked at the impact of broadband availability, download speeds, adoption rates, and the number of broadband providers on seven economic factors and using three different modeling techniques. Read more.

New transparency grades issued for states

It was only a few short years ago that many states still didn’t provide spending transparency information online. Now, for the first time, all 50 states maintain websites with checkbook-level data, allowing citizens to dig deeper into how governments spend taxpayer dollars. Read more.

What you didn’t post, Facebook may still know

In shaping its targeted advertising strategy, Facebook is no longer relying solely on what users reveal about themselves. Instead, it is tapping into outside sources of data to learn even more about them — and to sell ads that are more finely targeted to them. Facebook says that this way, marketers will be able to reach the right audience for the right products, and consumers will see advertisements that are, as the company calls it, “relevant” to them. Check out this New York Times articlefor the full story.

How to protect yourself against identity theft online

Identity theft has always been a concern, but with more and more details of our private lives openly accessible on the Internet, it's easier than ever for cybercriminals to steal somebody's identity.Check out this infographic for tips.

Google Fiber expanding to Olathe, Kansas

Google is extending its super-fast Google Fiber Internet service, which offers access to Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, to Olathe, Kan., the fifth largest city in Kansas. Get the details.

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eXtension Entrepreneurship Webinar Series

Food Safety for Farmers Market Vendors
April 11, 2013
Londa Nwadike, University of Vermont Extension Food Safety Specialist

Tracking Sales to Learn What Customers Really Think
May 9, 2013
Mary Peabody, UVM Extension

Are you a Supermarket Vendor or a Super Market Vendor?
June 13, 2013
Ginger Myers, UMD Extension Marketing Specialist

All webinars will air monthly on the second Thursday at 2 p.m. (ET); 1p.m. (CT); noon (MT); 11a.m. (PT). No pre-registration is required and there is no fee to participate. About 10 minutes prior to the start time simply go the Adobe Connect Pro meeting room at . You will be presented with a login screen that has an "Enter as Guest" option. Enter your full name then click "Enter Room" to join the conference. You will be able to hear the audio directly from your computer’s speakers.

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