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Unsure about Data Privacy? These 4 Podcasts Will Help

Working with data hasn’t gotten any easier since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect in May. While the European Union’s new regulation has put powerful enforcement mechanisms into place for the people who live there, there’s no simple answer for those outside the EU. Complicating things even…

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Distributed Communication Can Help Us Reach Our SDGs

In May I presented at the International Conference on Social Media for Good in Istanbul, joining academics from all of the world to discuss how we might build on Internet technologies to enhance philanthropy and the resolution of social problems. Organized by Kimse Yok Mu (KYM), an international NGO carrying…

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Innovating UCD to Solve for Social Good

“User-centered design was born out of the private sector, and many in [the social sector] are starting to wonder if the methodology just isn’t right for the complex global challenges staring us down. But: I know that user-centered design can revolutionize development work. The problem is in how we apply…

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The Two Faces of Data

As public-private relations evolve and data sharing initiatives proliferate, philanthropy should remain vigilant about the perils of sharing too much too fast, remembering our sacred bond with civil society. As the coming wave of urban growth transforms the way we live and interact, sound ethics in big data will be…

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These 6 Nonprofits Are Leading on Data Privacy

Weeks ago, Lucy Bernholz alluded to an onslaught of privacy updates from providers working toward GDPR compliance. Digital Impact is following what popular web platforms are doing (and not doing) to ensure data privacy. We also think it’s helpful to see how the social sector is leading the charge. Here…

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Have We Put Too Much Faith In Numbers?

There’s a lot of talk about measuring what matters in nonprofits. Used responsibly, data can open a world of opportunity for purpose-driven organizations. But as we recently explored, there is evidence of how data does the opposite, either intentionally by malicious actors or through unintended consequences of well-intended actions. For…

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Facebook, GDPR, and Winning Back the Public Trust

Facebook has pledged its commitment to transparency, control, and accountability throughout its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) preparation process. According to Facebook’s GDPR guide, “Data protection is central to the Facebook Companies. We comply with current EU data protection law, and will comply with the GDPR.” Facebook’s preparations are supported…

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When It Comes to Blockchain, Are Good Intentions Enough?

In the Blockchain Ethical Design Framework, Cara LaPointe and Lara Fishbane outline how to design blockchain technologies with intention. “In the design process, to optimize the desired attributes of blockchain for a given application,” they write, “there will always be trade-offs.” The question is, are good intentions enough? As the…

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Community Guidelines

At Digital Impact, we strive to foster healthy dialogue and debate. In order to build an open, diverse and collaborative space, we ask our community members to follow a few simple rules. Be Respectful, Relevant & Reasonable — the “3 Rs” of Engagement Be respectful when posting content and when…

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