Tag: Digital Policy

To Really Protect Our Privacy, Let’s Put Some Numbers on It

Tracy Ann Kosa, a former Non-Resident Fellow at the Digital Civil Society Lab, discusses how and why we need to measure data privacy.

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Privacy, Ethics, and Data Access: A Case Study of the Fragile Families Challenge

“Researchers, companies, and governments holding data face a fundamental tension between risk to respondents and benefits to science.”

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Democracy and the Digital Divide: Is Access Enough?

For most people in the world, getting online is too expensive, and for those who can afford it, service is often unreliable or non-existent. What could this mean for democracy?

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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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Introducing the Working Draft of the OCHA Data Responsibility Guidelines

A main objective of the Guidelines is to help staff better assess and manage the sensitivity of the data they handle in different crisis contexts.

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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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The Problem with Palantir

For our first 4Q4 podcast, we invited the The Engine Room’s Zara Rahman to shed light on a new partnership between WPF and Palantir Technologies, a US company with ties to intelligence communities.

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Predict-a-palooza: Civil Society Forecast 2019

Podcast and Transcript: An expert panel and our virtual audience forecast the most important trends and challenges facing digital civil society in 2019.

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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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