Category: Viewpoints

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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Data Review Boards: Facebook, Data Governance, and Trusts in Practice

This piece was originally published on Medium. This past weekend, years of advocacy and reporting from Carole Cadwalladr, Paul-Olivier Dehaye, and Max Schrems finally got its due on the front pages of the New York Times, the Guardian, and then, well, everywhere else. Without going into the minutiae, Cambridge Analytica, a voter manipulation firm, harvested the records […]

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Strava, Contracts, and Our Data Stockholm Syndrome

In the last few days, there has been a lot of hand wringing after Strava, a run tracking app, published a global heat map of its users’ exercise paths. As it turns out, in many of the world’s most dangerous locations, the only people using social exercise tracking apps are expatriate military and humanitarian staff, […]

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From Policy To Technology: Takeaways from Predict-a-palooza 2018

With the tax changes in the U.S. and the General Data Protection Regulation in the EU, policy is expected to play a big role in changing the philanthropy landscape in 2018. Income inequality will be another key factor, shaping philanthropic fortunes on one end of the spectrum and fueling political unrest from the other end. […]

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Robot Nonprofits and Algorithmic Philanthropy

This post is part of a series of excerpts from Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2018, the ninth annual industry forecast from Lucy Bernholz. Read the entire Blueprint series and join the conversation on social media with #blueprint2018. Big data, open websites, and algorithms make certain kinds of research much easier. Scanning job postings as a […]

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