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2018 Grants Cohort Selected

Digital Impact has awarded nearly $200,000 in grants to five social sector organizations working to advance the safe, ethical, and effective use of digital resources for social good.

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ICO Publishes Final Guidance on Consent

In May, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published its final consent guidance ahead of last week’s GDPR deadline. According to the guidance, organizations don’t need to refresh all old consents, but stressed it was “important to check your processes and records in detail to be sure existing consents meet the GDPR standard.” ICO, the UK’s […]

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GDPR and the End of the Internet’s Grand Bargain

The following is an excerpt of an article published by Harvard Business Review on April 9, 2018. “For now, GDPR, which replaces previous EU mandates on data collection and use, differs significantly from U.S. law, pushing the two regions further apart in their approaches to regulating the digital economy. “The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation […]

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Internet Health Report Uncovers Three Issues of Growing Concern

Who controls the internet? How open is it? Who is welcome online? Is it safe? Who can succeed there? Mozilla’s Internet Health Report, an open source compilation of data, research, and stories, shows how the internet is evolving across these five issues. The editor of the report, Solana Larsen, joined Digital Civil Society Lab Director […]

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Companies Respond To GDPR By Blocking EU Users

Mike Masnick, editor of the Techdirt blog, says the scramble of companies to comply with GDPR could lead to a large number of lawsuits in the coming years. “While some consultants have cleaned up in helping companies become what they hope is ‘compliant,’ some companies have realized it’s just too much of a hassle and […]

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Let’s Talk about Applying the GDPR in the United States

The following is an excerpt of an article published by Vox on April 12, 2018. “While online rights are coming into question, it’s worth considering how those will overlap with offline rights and civic engagement. “The two may initially seem completely separate, but democracy itself depends on information and communication, and a balance of privacy […]

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Cybersecurity Must Be a Top Priority for Nonprofits

When business ethics and governance expert Lucy P. Marcus calls data breaches “an artifact of modern indifference,” she’s alluding to how “companies, regardless of size or sector, need to recognize their responsibility … to be vigilant and proactive about securing their data and systems.” Marcus admits that while the threat of a cybersecurity breach is […]

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Does my algorithm have a mental-health problem?

The following is an excerpt of an article published by Aeon on March 26, 2018. “Is my car hallucinating? Is the algorithm that runs the police surveillance system in my city paranoid? Marvin the android in Douglas Adams’s Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy had a pain in all the diodes down his left-hand side. Is […]

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GDPR Will ‘Forever Change’ Marketing, Say Digital Governance Experts

Digital experts Elie Auvray and Kristina Podnar have authored a 35-page guide for understanding GDPR and creating a plan for May 25, 2018 and beyond. Included in the guide are who is covered and what is different about the law, differences between B2B and B2C companies, types of exempt personal data, compliance strategies, and more. […]

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