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Protecting the Black Vote During COVID-19

Mutale Nkonde @mutalenkonde LaTosha Brown @MsLaToshaBrown Leonard Cortana @leonardcortana Charlton McIlwain @cmcilwain Maria Rodriguez @HousingTheCity Video: Protecting the Black Vote During COVID-19 Part of the Race, Tech & Civil Society Event Series In June, the Digital Civil Society Lab, the Center on Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, and Digital…

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Legitimizing True Safety

Tawana Petty @Combsthepoet Eric Williams @ericcwms Clare Garvie @ClareAngelyn Cierra Robson @CierraRobson Video & Transcript: Legitimizing True Safety Part of the Race, Tech & Civil Society Event Series In June, the Digital Civil Society Lab, the Center on Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, and Digital Impact launched a series…

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Algorithmic Bias: Better Policy and Practice for Civil Society

In October 2018, Digital Impact’s Lucy Bernholz was joined by author of Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks, Rashida Richardson of AI Now Institute, and Di Luong of Media Mobilizing Project to discuss the growing use of algorithms in our communities and how civil society organizations can work toward better policy for…

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#GivingTuesday Data Collaborative

 You’ve probably heard about #GivingTuesday, the thriving global movement launched in 2012 that mobilizes resources, unmeasurable acts of kindness, and hundreds of millions in charitable donations in the United States alone. The distributed nature of #GivingTuesday is the biggest factor driving its growth, in that anyone can participate. Nonprofits…

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The Internet of Things: Risks and Rewards of a Connected Future

https://vimeo.com/279556717 Lucy Bernholz, Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab, was joined by Robin Wilton of Internet Society, Sona Shah of Neopenda, and Amy Sample Ward of NTEN to discuss the current state of IoT among nonprofits and how it has sparked a new era of social impact. The Internet…

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The Open 990 and US Nonprofits

Listen to Lucy Bernholz, Cinthia Schuman Ottinger, Beth Simone Noveck, David Borenstein, and Neville Vakharia discuss the new machine-readable Form 990 and the opportunities and challenges presented to U.S. nonprofits and civil society. Recent regulatory changes have made e-filed Form 990s, the data-rich annual financial disclosure forms for U.S. nonprofits,…

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Digital Security for Civil Society

Listen to Lucy Bernholz, Josh Levy, and Kate McKenney discuss challenges, strategies, and processes for creating a strong practice and culture of data security at nonprofits and foundations. Every nonprofit, foundation, and civil society organization is now digitally dependent, and managing digital resources safely, ethically and effectively is a core…

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Good Data Collaborative: Defining Responsible Data for Nonprofits

 A recent exploration of responsible data (RD) practice in the nonprofit sector shows a deep disconnect between two opposing visions of data in social change work: one, rights-based and respectful of the individual ownership of data; and the other, data-centric and focused on transactional exchanges of development gains in…

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Closing Civic Space in the Digital Age

 Civic spaces are closing around the world. Digital data and infrastructure are playing an increasing role in this trend, as they reshape the foundation and boundaries of civic spaces, and create new digital dependencies and vulnerabilities for nonprofits, foundations, activists, journalists, and others agents of civil society. Digital Impact…

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Data Labs: Improving Access to Government Data

The Data Labs project led by New Philanthropy Capital and the Governance Lab aims to make government administrative data more transparent, so that nonprofits can better understand the impact of their services on beneficiaries. Governments collect and store massive amounts of data about a wide range of issues. Nonprofits often…

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