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WFP-Palantir and the Ethics of Humanitarian Data Sharing

The recently announced World Food Programme (WFP) partnership with Palantir, IRIN’s article about it, reactions from the Responsible Data Forum, and WFP’s resulting statement inspired us to pull together a Technology Salon in New York City to discuss the ethics of humanitarian data sharing. (See this crowdsourced document for more…

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Civic Crowdsourcing 101

Democracy, Institutional Design, and Technologies of Expertise “Algorithms used to be what made computers run faster. Now they create social and economic systems.” Ashish Goel, Stanford University   Parody Cover by Andrés Monroy-Hernández   Digital platforms to solicit input, sort ideas, rank opinions, find patterns, and “matchmake” skills are proliferating.…

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In the Fight for Open Nonprofit Data, Everything Changed in June

  In recent years, the federal government has taken strides towards making its public data available in standardized, machine-readable formats. In the future, we will look back at the nation’s first open data mandate, the DATA Act of 2014, and see it was critical not just in its transformation of…

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GDPR One Year Later, Part 3

https://media.blubrry.com/podcast_markets_for_good/p/digitalimpact.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/GDPR-retro-ep-3_FINAL.mp3 Digital Impact 4Q4 Podcast: GDPR One Year Later, Part 3 SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST ON iTUNES. 00:00 CHRIS DELATORRE: This is Digital impact. I’m Chris Delatorre. HEATHER NOELLE ROBINSON: And I’m Heather Noelle Robinson. CHRIS DELATORRE: And this is the third and final part of our special miniseries on…

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How to Engage Your Nonprofit Community in Peer-to-Peer Fundraising This #GivingTuesday

Community engagement is crucial for success in any type of fundraising, especially with peer-to-peer fundraising. Peer-to-peer fundraising requires connected and engaged supporters who are dedicated to your cause and willing to fundraise on behalf of your nonprofit. With #GivingTuesday around the corner, nonprofits are planning peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns to create…

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Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

  What if a funder got real-time input from its grantees and other partners to develop its investment strategy? What if they used a design thinking process to not only get feedback from grantees but as a way to develop a more agile way of working? I was thrilled to…

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The Trials and Tribulations of Data Visualization for Good

  “I love big data. It’s got such potential for storytelling .” At DataKind , we hear some version of this narrative every week. As more and more social organizations dip their toes into using data, invariably the conversation about data visualization comes up. There is a growing feeling that…

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A model for statewide open data

The CT Data Collaborative (CTData) is a public-private partnership between the state government and the nonprofit sector in Connecticut, created to advance effective planning and decision-making through the use of open and accessible data. CTData serves residents, nonprofits, policymakers, and funders in using and sharing data to drive policy, program,…

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Introducing the Working Draft of the OCHA Data Responsibility Guidelines

As OCHA and its partners process increasingly large volumes of data, we also face more complex challenges related to assessing and managing data risk. Many organizations have developed policies focused on personal data, but guidance on the management of other forms of sensitive data has been lacking. The Working Draft…

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

This blog post summarizes a paper describing the privacy and ethics process by which we organized the Fragile Families Challenge. The paper will appear in a special issue of the journal Socius. Academic researchers, companies, and governments holding data face a fundamental tension between risk to respondents and benefits to…

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