Heather Noelle Robinson

Heather Noelle Robinson is the Program Manager for the Digital Civil Society Lab, where she designs and implements public programming, courses, fellowship opportunities, and communication of research projects. She previously worked with non-profit theater and arts organizations as a producer, director, and stage manager, and as a Program Administrator in Stanford’s department of Mechanical Engineering. She has developed and taught curriculum in theatre and design for high school students, trained as a volunteer sex educator with San Francisco Sex Information, and writes fantasy and science fiction stories in her spare time. She holds a bachelor’s of fine arts in theatre, and a minor in music history, from New York University.

Posts by Heather Noelle Robinson

A New Approach to Solving the Paradox of Platform Neutrality

Two architects of Ethos, a new suite of tools from GlobalGiving, explain how empathy can help to address the paradox of platform neutrality.

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Investing in Digital Infrastructure: A Roadmap for Funders

A guide from TAG, NetHope, NTEN, and TechSoup looks at how funders can invest in three core elements of digital infrastructure.

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Rethinking Civic Space in an Age of Intersectional Crises

Authors of a report on the closing of civic space are calling on funders to realize their potential through collaborative and targeted interventions.

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Can a Machine Learn Inclusivity? That Depends on the Teacher

The 4Q4 podcast returns with an introspective look at machine learning with a researcher who is helping to counteract bias.

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Protecting the Black Vote During COVID-19

Activists and policy experts look at how disinformation is being used to reduce Black voter turnout and further disenfranchise communities of color.

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Legitimizing True Safety

The the first in a series of discussions on race, tech, and civil society examines police surveillance in Detroit.

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Digital Infrastructure in Times of Crisis

If digital infrastructure is the backbone of civil society and democratization, then why aren’t we doing more to protect it?

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GDPR Compliance and Closing Civic Space

A new report looks at how the GDPR can be used against social sector organizations and what they should do to prepare.

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Location Privacy: How Protected Are We?

Public Lab is developing a set of tools based on “location blurring,” a new system that would mitigate the abuse of big tech surveillance.

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Upholding Transparency in the Age of Misinformation

Rachel Smith of GlobalGiving is calling on the social sector to help with a new set of standards that will address today’s ethical challenges.

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