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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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Can Data Make Bad Housing Practice a Thing of the Past?

https://media.blubrry.com/podcast_markets_for_good/p/digitalimpact.io/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/4Q4-Jan-17_mixdown-2.mp3 Digital Impact 4Q4 Podcast: Dan Kass on Housing Data SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST ON iTUNES. 00:00 CHRIS DELATORRE: This is Digital Impact 4Q4. I’m Chris Delatorre. Today’s four questions are for Dan Kass, Co-founder of JustFix.nyc. With funding from a 2018 Digital Impact grant, Dan and his team are…

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You Don’t Need a Data Scientist, You Need a Data Culture

This piece was originally published on Medium. The DataBasic.io project is supported by a 2016 Digital Impact Grant. Most of the larger non-profit organizations we work with are scrambling to figure out how to deploy complex technologies like machine learning and “AI” in service of the social good. These include…

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Location Privacy: How Protected Are We?

https://media.blubrry.com/podcast_markets_for_good/p/digitalimpact.io/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/4Q4-Feb-10_mixdown.mp3 Digital Impact 4Q4: Jeffrey Warren on Geolocation Privacy SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST ON iTUNES. 00:00 CHRIS DELATORRE: This is Digital Impact 4Q4, I’m Chris Delatorre. Today’s four questions are for Jeffrey Warren, Co-founder of Public Lab, a nonprofit network of citizen scientists dedicated to creating awareness and accountabili...

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Open Data and Economic Ownership in West African Agriculture

Mobile technology is changing the way of life for millions of rural farmers across the West African country of Ghana. They receive texts with up-to-date crop prices, weather alerts, and advice about planting. Using electronic payment services, they now have credit histories to secure loans. With mobile technology, they can…

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Grantee Profile: Data Orchard

In early 2017, a small non-profit published a free online guide to help under-resourced organizations in the social sector make better use of their data. Sian Basker, one of the masterminds behind the guide, wasn’t sure if it would make a big impact. There was no need to worry. More…

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Finding Your Place on the Journey to Data Maturity, Part 2

In part one, I introduced you to Data Orchard’s online data maturity self-assessment and benchmarking tool. Here are four lessons we learned through the process of researching, designing, and testing the tool. Lesson 1: Data Is Unpopular so Break It Down You can’t underestimate how much people dislike data –…

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Creating a New Global Standard for Privacy and Location Sharing

Rhode Island-based cartographer Jeffrey Yoo Warren understands the value of smartphone location-sharing—whether for detecting pollution from a nearby industrial site, connecting with singles, or monitoring a pandemic. But Warren sees the myriad issues around privacy the practice raises. Like many others, he’s concerned about the hundreds and even thousands of…

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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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Housing Data Tool Aims to Strengthen Tenants Rights

As an advocate for New York City tenants living without heat in their apartments, Noelle Francois is especially reliant on data to help her battle unscrupulous landlords. After all, she points out, “you can’t just take a photo that shows you have no heat.” For tenant advocates like Francois, making…

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