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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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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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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 hosted…

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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 return…

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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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Internet Health: A Checkup for Civil Society

Listen to Lucy Bernholz, Solana Larsen, Dhanaraj Thakur, and Jessica Feldman discuss how we can define, measure, and foster a healthy internet for civil society. Shaped by technology, policy, commerce, culture and a host of other influences, the internet is a dynamic and diverse digital ecosystem whose increasing indispensability presents…

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The Data Culture Project: Building Data Capacity with Confidence

Many organizations struggle to find ways to build capacity to work with data. Learning to work with data is like learning a new language; immersing yourself in the culture brings the best results. But trying to build a data culture can be a lonely effort in organizations that haven’t recognized…

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Predict-a-palooza: Civil Society Forecast 2018

Civil society—our shared space and work for the public good—faces startling new pressures and possibilities in this dynamic, digital age. What trends, issues, and challenges will shape or shake up civil society in 2018? We kicked off the new year with a virtual roundtable to share our predictions, including insights…

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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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