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Knight Prototype Fund invests in 11 new projects that unlock the power of data

Hot on the heels of the Knight News Challenge , the Knight Foundation is continuing to prove their dedication to the world of data by announcing the 11 projects that will receive funding through the Knight Prototype Fund. In fact, nine of the projects were also winners of the Knight…

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Knight News Challenge awards $3.2 million for 17 ideas that make data work for communities

  The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced the 17 winners of the Knight News Challenge on Data on January 16, 2016. The challenge invited applicants to present ideas that use data to address and improve community challenges, while encouraging development in innovation and learning. Similarly to Markets…

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2016 Global NGO Online Technology Report

The 2016 Global NGO Online Technology Report , a collaborative research project by Nonprofit Tech for Good and the Public Interest Registry , explores how non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide use online technology to communicate with their donors and fellow supporters. NGOs and the social sector at large have increasingly harnessed…

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Blast From The Past – Celebrating Open Data Day

  On March 5th communities around the world will be gathering to write applications, liberate data, create visualisations, and publish analyses using open data. Coined “Open Data Day,” this global movement shows support of and encourages the expansion of open data. Open data remains a critical talking point in the…

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Groundwork for Good: Twenty-two leaders make the case for enhanced investment in nonprofit infrastructure

In an open letter to foundations , 22 institutional leaders called for enhanced investment in nonprofit infrastructure – the “organizations devoted to supporting the health of the nonprofit sector.” Likening the value of their work in the social sector to the role that roads, bridges, schools, and other essential infrastructure…

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Why Data Minimization Is An Important Concept In The Age of Big Data

  Data is a good thing, and as we know you can never have too much of a good thing, right? And as Bernard Marr asks in his recent piece, “bigger is always better, right?”   As big data continues to grow and become more easily accessible, Marr raises the…

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Open Data Institute Method Report: Lessons on supporting public sector open data leadership

  As our open data movement continues to grow and shift, practitioners are emphasizing the importance of sharing; be it data, lessons, or best practices. By creating a collaborative environment for sharing and learning, we can collectively advance our efforts to use data for social good.   The Open Data…

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The New GuideStar Nonprofit Profile

I’m excited to announce a major milestone in GuideStar’s history. GuideStar’s vision is to drive philanthropy by increasing nonprofit data collection, distribution, and innovation. Today, we take a giant leap toward further achieving that vision. I am happy to officially debut our completely redesigned GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles. We started this…

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Facebook, GDPR, and Winning Back the Public Trust

Facebook has pledged its commitment to transparency, control, and accountability throughout its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) preparation process. According to Facebook’s GDPR guide, “Data protection is central to the Facebook Companies. We comply with current EU data protection law, and will comply with the GDPR.” Facebook’s preparations are supported…

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Infusing Startups With Ethics That Go Along With Profits

Race to the Top The first is an ambitious effort by elements of the U.S. venture-capital industry to find opportunities at the frontiers of privacy, identity and data integrity. The initiative is called Race to the Top: A New Business Paradigm for Identity Data. Organizers are working with investors, entrepreneurs…

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