Category: Viewpoints

Harry Potter at the Crossroads: We Need New Open Systems

As Lucy Bernholz writes, we need to lose the old-fashioned concept of going online and address how and why we’re controlled by our digital systems.

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Where Is Digital Civil Society in 2020?

As civil society is now digital we face new decisions at every level, from the individual to the organizational. Who and what will we be?

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Building the Blueprint: Digital Civil Society Speaks

People from around the world share their thoughts on digital civil society, why it matters, and what makes them hopeful about it.

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Digital as a Given: The Landscape of Digital Civil Society

Lucy Bernholz lays out a vision of digital civil society and the cycles of change society has experienced as we become more dependent on digital systems.

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Lowering the Barrier of Entry to Civil Society Organizations

To be more effective, foundations should challenge the norms of philanthropy that have disenfranchised organizations based on size and age.

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A Journey Into the Neutrality Paradox

As Rachel Smith of GlobalGiving suggests, misinformation and hate speech aren’t reserved for Facebook and Twitter. Here’s how social good platforms can stay one step ahead.

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The Future of Digital Civil Society Depends on Basic Infrastructure

We celebrate the independence that open source affords but are we willing to support the creations it brings about?

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Nonprofits and Artificial Intelligence

The real question for nonprofits and foundations is not how will they use AI, but how is AI being used within the domains within which they work and how must they respond?

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When Nobody Knows You’re a Dog: Tech, Civil Society, and the Fight for Authenticity

Civil society organizations should guard against “authenticity theft,” a troubling trend that may yet reveal a silver lining.

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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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