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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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Integrated Advocacy: Paths Forward for Digital Civil Society

Civil society is being thrust into the digital world. Technology systems are now entwined in every aspect of our individual and collective lives. People rely on the internet, mobile devices, and social networking platforms to connect and communicate, and civil society organizations must now grapple and engage with many issues…

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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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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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The Financial Transparency Act of 2015 Has Been Introduced

Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Ralph Abraham (R-LA), and Jared Polis (D-CO) held a press conference three weeks ago to announce the introduction of the Financial Transparency Act of 2015 – the farthest-reaching open data legislation since the passage of the DATA Act last year. The Financial Transparency Act aims to…

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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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5 Articles That Highlight the Importance of Open Data

On March 5 communities around the world will gather 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 Markets for…

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Food Bank Uses Data to Identify Areas in Need of Services

  The article originally featured in the Huffington Post tells the story of how one ambitious programmer is helping to overhaul the way one food bank in the U.S. Capital is identifying and feeding the hungry. Michael Hollister, the programmer in question, is helping the Capital Area Food Bank more…

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The State of Open Humanitarian Data 2020

The State of Open Humanitarian Data is based on the data shared by dozens of partners through the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) platform as measured through the Data Grid, a feature that prioritizes core data into six categories. As we start 2020, just over 50 percent of relevant crisis data…

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