News, Reports

Civil Society Organizations and GDPR Compliance

A report from OSF looks at how nefarious actors have tried to use the GDPR to stifle public interest research and reporting in the social sector.

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Digital Impact Grants, Profiles

Housing Data Tool Aims to Strengthen Tenants Rights

Digital Impact grantee JustFix.nyc is using New York City’s housing crisis to lay the groundwork for a nationwide movement built on public data.

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Interviews, Watchlist

Talk Europe! with Lucy Bernholz

In an interview with ERST Foundation, Lucy Bernholz calls on Europe to impart to tech platforms a set of standards that uphold the ideals of democracy. 4 mins

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4Q4 Podcast, Digital Impact Grants, Interviews

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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4Q4 Podcast, Interviews

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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The Problem with Palantir

Zara Rahman of The Engine Room sheds light on a new partnership between WPF and Palantir Technologies, a US company with ties to intelligence communities.

Predict-a-palooza: Civil Society Forecast 2019

Podcast and Transcript: An expert panel and our virtual audience forecast the most important trends and challenges facing digital civil society in 2019.

Open Data and Economic Ownership in West African Agriculture

Mobile apps are empowering millions of rural farmers across the West African country of Ghana. But there may be a flip side.

Sorting Algorithms: The Role of Civil Society

Policy expert Rhodri Davies wants civil society organizations to “get to grips” with artificial intelligence, which he says would minimize potential negative consequences.

Flipping Our Algorithmic Assumptions

When it comes to solving social ills with algorithms, is optimism the enemy? “We should assume they will be discriminatory,” writes Digital Impact’s Lucy Bernholz. “There is no ‘clean room’ for social innovation.”

Toronto, Civic Data, and Trust

A controversial smart city initiative in Canada has proposed using a data trust to help manage how it collects and uses data. But is it enough? Digital Public’s Sean Martin McDonald investigates.

How #GivingTuesday Transcended Borders

GlobalGiving’s Marlena Hartz interviews one of GivingTuesday’s chief architects, who explains how peer learning has seeded a new global ecosystem.

#GivingTuesday Data Collaborative

Podcast and Transcript: Lucy Bernholz, Asha Curran, and Josh Levy discuss building a governance plan and digital infrastructure for giving data worldwide.

Algorithmic Bias: Better Policy and Practice for Civil Society

Podcast and Transcript: Experts in tech and data ethics explore how civil society organizations can work toward better policy for predictive technologies.

Algorithmic Risk Assessment in Pretrial Detention

With the help of a Digital Impact grant, one Philadelphia-based nonprofit is taking on predictive technology in the criminal justice system, one algorithm at a time.