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Laura Seaman

Laura Seaman is Associate Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford PACS, where she oversees the Digital Impact initiative and the Lab’s growing portfolio of research projects, fellowships, grants, and publications. The Lab investigates the challenges and opportunities for a thriving civil society in the digital age and engages researchers, practitioners and policymakers across four domains that shape digital civil society: technology, organizations, policy, and norms. Prior to joining the Lab Laura worked at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Asia Foundation, the University of Denver and UC Davis.

Posts by Laura Seaman

Lucy Bernholz reflects on the launch of the Digital Impact Toolkit

As a Visiting Scholar at the Packard Foundation, Lucy Bernholz led a cohort of colleagues in designing a public toolkit focused on data governance for nonprofits and foundations. Read the full story.

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NFPs Must Do More to Prepare for the Digital Age

Pro Bono Australia interviews Lucy Bernholz and Perpetual Ltd.’s Caitriona Fay about digital capacity building in the Australian non-profit sector.

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NFPs must better prepare for the digital age

Third Sector reports on the Digital Civil Society Lab’s partnership with Australian partner Perpetual Ltd.

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Stanford's Digital Civil Society Lab completes its Melbourne experience

The Lab team are in Australia delivering a series of workshops on digital civil society and digital data governance for non-profit leaders, hosted by Perpetual Ltd.

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What does digital civil society mean to philanthropic funders?

Catherine Brown, CEO of Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation in Melbourne, reflects on what philanthropic foundations should be thinking about as funders of the social sector within a digital world.

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Is your board prepared for a hack?

As hackers become increasingly well organized and sophisticated, boards must understand the potential for a cyber attack is a when, not an if, scenario. Learn more in this guide from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Vermont Public Radio interviews Lucy Bernholz on digital security for VT nonprofits

Lucy Bernholz sits down with Vermont Public Radio to talk about why Vermont’s nonprofits should be thinking about digital security. Read and listen here.

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Policies for sharing digital cultural resources

Cultural organizations will be interested in new resources for shared and standardized policies for sharing digitized cultural resources. Learn more at

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