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Good Data Collaborative: Defining “Responsible Data” for Nonprofits

A recent exploration of responsible data (RD) practice in the nonprofit sector shows a deep disconnect between two opposing visions of data in social change work: one, rights-based and respectful of the individual ownership of data; and the other, data-centric and focused on transactional exchanges of development gains in return…

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When Algorithms Run the Government

Eric Loomis stood before a judge as he was handed down a six year sentence for “eluding the police.” During sentencing, the judge referenced an algorithm that showed Mr. Loomis was at a high risk for committing another crime and said it was a factor in his decision to give…

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Unsure about Data Privacy? These 4 Podcasts Will Help

Working with data hasn’t gotten any easier since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect in May. While the European Union’s new regulation has put powerful enforcement mechanisms into place for the people who live there, there’s no simple answer for those outside the EU. Complicating things even…

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Building Better Data Policies with Digital Impact

New Music USA is on a mission to help new music thrive in America. We make over $1 million in grants to the new music community each year, publish NewMusicBox, and advocate for new music nationally and abroad. In 2013, we overhauled our grantmaking process, which gave us the opportunity…

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Algorithmic Risk Assessment in Pretrial Detention

When Hannah Sassaman heard that the City of Philadelphia was looking to use AI to help judges determine whether someone accused of a crime should be released before trial, she was instantly worried. “I knew that any data used to feed an algorithm of that nature would be extraordinarily ugly…

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Using Consequence Scanning to Mitigate Harm

https://media.blubrry.com/podcast_markets_for_good/p/digitalimpact.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/19_06-4Q4-Samantha-Brown_FINAL.mp3 Digital Impact 4Q4: Samantha Brown on Consequence Scanning (Ep. 04) Listen using the audio player, visit Digital Impact on iTunes, and tweet @dgtlimpact with #4Q4Data. This transcript has been edited for clarity. [00:01] Chris Delatorre: Welcome to Digital Impact 4Q4, I’m Chris Delatorre. Today’s four questions are...

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Grantee Profile: Data Orchard

In early 2017, a small non-profit published a free online guide to help under-resourced organizations in the social sector make better use of their data. Sian Basker, one of the masterminds behind the guide, wasn’t sure if it would make a big impact. There was no need to worry. More…

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Data Labs: Improving Access to Government Data

The Data Labs project led by New Philanthropy Capital and the Governance Lab aims to make government administrative data more transparent, so that nonprofits can better understand the impact of their services on beneficiaries. Governments collect and store massive amounts of data about a wide range of issues. Nonprofits often…

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Grantee Profile: Good Data Collaborative

Like most businesses, the nonprofit sector loves data—or desperately wants to. But Laura Walker McDonald has a blunt message for leaders, donors, policymakers, researchers and service providers who see data as the elixir to doing good. Don’t, she says, collect data for data’s sake. Think through what kind of information…

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Distributed Communication Can Help Us Reach Our SDGs

In May I presented at the International Conference on Social Media for Good in Istanbul, joining academics from all of the world to discuss how we might build on Internet technologies to enhance philanthropy and the resolution of social problems. Organized by Kimse Yok Mu (KYM), an international NGO carrying…

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