Category: Viewpoints

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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Sorting Algorithms: The Role of Civil Society

Policy expert Rhodri Davies wants civil society organizations to “get to grips” with artificial intelligence, which he says would minimize potential negative consequences.

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Flipping Our Algorithmic Assumptions

When it comes to solving social ills with algorithms, is optimism the enemy? “We should assume they will be discriminatory,” writes Digital Impact’s Lucy Bernholz. “There is no ‘clean room’ for social innovation.”

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Toronto, Civic Data, and Trust

A controversial smart city initiative in Canada has proposed using a data trust to help manage how it collects and uses data. But is it enough? Digital Public’s Sean Martin McDonald investigates.

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Digital Infrastructure for Civil Society: A Look Ahead

The concept of “digital civil society” has taken hold as a framework for practitioners and leaders alike. But how much of the current moment does the term convey?

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Digital Identity — A Missing Piece for Civil Society?

“What if the people involved in building blockchains or developing AI or setting standards for the Internet of Things were as diverse and worldwide as the people whose lives are affected by these things?”

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Two Reasons Why the GDPR Matters Everywhere

Digital Impact’s Lucy Bernholz sees the EU’s data protection regulation as a framework that may just align with your mission. A silver lining?

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