Category: Field Notes

Privacy, Ethics, and Data Access: A Case Study of the Fragile Families Challenge

“Researchers, companies, and governments holding data face a fundamental tension between risk to respondents and benefits to science.”

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Is GlobalGiving Making an Impact?

The world’s largest global crowdfunding community for nonprofits wanted to evaluate its impact, so it applied a new framework to find answers.

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Democracy and the Digital Divide: Is Access Enough?

For most people in the world, getting online is too expensive, and for those who can afford it, service is often unreliable or non-existent. What could this mean for democracy?

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Introducing the Working Draft of the OCHA Data Responsibility Guidelines

A main objective of the Guidelines is to help staff better assess and manage the sensitivity of the data they handle in different crisis contexts.

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Can Philanthropy Unlock the Blockchain Potential?

Blockchain for philanthropy comes with risks and opportunities. Nick Hamlin of GlobalGiving explains its technical, social, and ethical implications.

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WFP-Palantir and the Ethics of Humanitarian Data Sharing

The humanitarian community should assess wider implications, risks, and unintended negative consequences brought about by this and similar partnerships.

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Here’s How One Nonprofit Is Preparing for GDPR

The Engine Room’s Zara Rahman describes GDPR as “a promising step in the direction of taking a rights-based approach to working with data.” In a recent blog post, Rahman looks at GDPR preparation as a “spring cleaning” exercise, suggesting ways nonprofits can track their internal GDPR-related activities, and sharing examples of what to expect from […]

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MobLab Plans for GDPR with Shared Document

The Mobilisation Lab (MobLab), a global learning and collaboration network for social change, has published a living document designed to assist with its internal planning around the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). According to the document, 20-25% of MobLab’s email list (managed with MailChimp) consists of individuals based in the EU. Qualified readers who are […]

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Responsible Data Community Talks ‘GDPR’

The Responsible Data (RD) community gathered in November to discuss the implications of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Union’s forthcoming regulation on data protection. Digital Impact contributor and FrontlineSMS CEO Sean McDonald joined other experts to share insights on the GDPR itself, as well as experiences preparing for its implementation. Follow our […]

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Everyday Data: Creating a Curriculum in Data for Arts Leaders

“Their stories demonstrate data literacy at its best: a skill or set of habits anyone can develop that can be used in service to a greater mission or artistic pursuit.”

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