Markets For Good

Before Digital Impact there was Markets For Good, a program launched in 2012 to help increase social impact through good data practice. Digital Impact acquired Markets For Good in 2016, and we continued our mission to improve the digital infrastructure for civil society and help social sector practitioners and policymakers use digital resources safely, ethically, and effectively for maximum impact.

Browse the archive (2012-2016) for commentary from many of the experts you’ve come to know through Digital Impact, and learn more about Stanford PACS and the Digital Civil Society Lab here.

Posts by Markets For Good

Open Data Institute Method Report: Lessons on supporting public sector open data leadership

  As our open data movement continues to grow and shift, practitioners are emphasizing the importance of sharing; be it data, lessons, or best practices. By creating a collaborative environment for sharing and learning, we can collectively advance our efforts to use data for social good.   The Open Data Institute (ODI) continues to enhance […]

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#EarthDay2016: monitor the air quality you breathe, with a Tweet

  Right on theme with last week’s #EarthDay2016, Raheel Khursheed, head of news and government partnerships at Twitter, explained that Twitter and IndiaSpend are launching a #Breathe hashtag service to provide Indians with real-time information on air pollution levels based on their location. All of this is done through a tweet.     Users simply tweet […]

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The dirty little secret that data journalists aren’t telling you

  Jake Porway expressed in his piece “The Trials and Tribulations of Data Visualization for Good,” that, “data visualization without rigorous analysis is at best just rhetoric and, at worst, incredibly harmful.” Christopher Ingraham continues this discussion in his article, “The dirty little secret that data journalists aren’t telling you.”   In his examination of […]

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Website Seeks to Make Government Data Easier to View and Understand

  Contributors to the Markets For Good community have highlighted the importance of understanding data, and beyond simply understanding it, visualizing it and making it digestible.   Now Data USA, the brainchild of M.I.T. Media Lab with support from Deloitte, has opened the floodgates to years of federal government, state, and city data to the […]

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Why Data Minimization Is An Important Concept In The Age of Big Data

  Data is a good thing, and as we know you can never have too much of a good thing, right? And as Bernard Marr asks in his recent piece, “bigger is always better, right?”   As big data continues to grow and become more easily accessible, Marr raises the point that bigger is not […]

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Ebola: A Big Data Disaster

Released this month, the study “Ebola: A Big Data Disaster,” written by Sean McDonald with the support of the Open Society Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Media Democracy Fund, leaves no stone unturned as it explores the use of Big Data in the form of Call Detail Record (CDR) data in humanitarian crises. This study raises […]

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Blast From The Past – Celebrating Open Data Day

  On March 5th communities around the world will be gathering to write applications, liberate data, create visualisations, and publish analyses using open data. Coined “Open Data Day,” this global movement shows support of and encourages the expansion of open data. Open data remains a critical talking point in the Markets For Good community, and […]

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Knight Prototype Fund invests in 11 new projects that unlock the power of data

Hot on the heels of the Knight News Challenge, the Knight Foundation is continuing to prove their dedication to the world of data by announcing the 11 projects that will receive funding through the Knight Prototype Fund. In fact, nine of the projects were also winners of the Knight News Challenge on Data. The Knight […]

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MWC 2016: Facebook uses AI to map people’s homes

  Facebook has been busy at work using artificial intelligence software to map global populations by scanning satellite imagery for human-built structures. The plan is to use (and share) the data to determine the best placement for internet-beaming drones, they also believe, “this data has many more impactful applications, such as socio-economic research and risk […]

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Crisis Text Line Is Opening Its Treasure Trove Of Data To Researchers

  As the trend on data for good continues to gain ground, Crisis Text Line (CTL) is releasing a set of data you wouldn’t expect in hopes that the data can be used for good and save the lives of vulnerable teens. The CTL has been in operation since 2013 and has a database of […]

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