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Algorithmic Bias: Better Policy and Practice for Civil Society

In October 2018, Digital Impact’s Lucy Bernholz was joined by author of Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks, Rashida Richardson of AI Now Institute, and Di Luong of Media Mobilizing Project to discuss the growing use of algorithms in our communities and how civil society organizations can work toward better policy for…

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Toronto, Civic Data, and Trust

Yesterday, Sidewalk Labs proposed using a Civic Data Trust as a governance vehicle to manage data collection and use in its smart city development project in Quayside. It’s the largest scale proposal of the Civic Data Trust model to date, and it comes in the midst of a tense political…

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GDPR Compliance and Closing Civic Space

https://media.blubrry.com/podcast_markets_for_good/p/digitalimpact.io/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/4Q4-Mar-20_mixdown.mp3 Digital Impact 4Q4: Vera Franz and Ben Hayes on the Good and Bad of GDPR Compliance SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST ON iTUNES. 00:00 CHRIS DELATORRE: This is Digital Impact 4Q4, I’m Chris Delatorre. Today’s four questions are for Vera Franz, Deputy Director of Open Society Foundations’ Information Program and…

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WFP-Palantir and the Ethics of Humanitarian Data Sharing

The recently announced World Food Programme (WFP) partnership with Palantir, IRIN’s article about it, reactions from the Responsible Data Forum, and WFP’s resulting statement inspired us to pull together a Technology Salon in New York City to discuss the ethics of humanitarian data sharing. (See this crowdsourced document for more…

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Upholding Transparency in the Age of Misinformation

https://media.blubrry.com/podcast_markets_for_good/p/digitalimpact.io/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/4Q4-Jan-31_mixdown.mp3 Digital Impact 4Q4: Rachel Smith on the Neutrality Paradox SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST ON iTUNES. 00:00 CHRIS DELATORRE: This is Digital Impact 4Q4, I’m Chris Delatorre. Today’s four questions are for Rachel Smith, Co-founder and Executive Director of GlobalGiving UK. As misinformation continues to spread and controversial issues...

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The Problem with Palantir

Digital Impact 4Q4 Podcast: Zara Rahman on Palantir SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST ON iTUNES. 00:00 CHRIS DELATORRE: I’m Chris Delatorre, Editor of Digital Impact, and welcome to 4Q4, a rapid-fire podcast that covers the who, what, why, and what next for emerging trends in social sector data. I recently spoke…

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GDPR One Year Later, Part 3

https://media.blubrry.com/podcast_markets_for_good/p/digitalimpact.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/GDPR-retro-ep-3_FINAL.mp3 Digital Impact 4Q4 Podcast: GDPR One Year Later, Part 3 SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST ON iTUNES. 00:00 CHRIS DELATORRE: This is Digital impact. I’m Chris Delatorre. HEATHER NOELLE ROBINSON: And I’m Heather Noelle Robinson. CHRIS DELATORRE: And this is the third and final part of our special miniseries on…

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Sorting Algorithms: The Role of Civil Society

I have recently found myself repeatedly making the case for the importance of involving civil society in the growing debate about the development of AI. (For instance, where are charities in the great AI debate?, It’s more vital than ever that charities get to grips with AI, and our voices…

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Introducing the Working Draft of the OCHA Data Responsibility Guidelines

As OCHA and its partners process increasingly large volumes of data, we also face more complex challenges related to assessing and managing data risk. Many organizations have developed policies focused on personal data, but guidance on the management of other forms of sensitive data has been lacking. The Working Draft…

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

This blog post summarizes a paper describing the privacy and ethics process by which we organized the Fragile Families Challenge. The paper will appear in a special issue of the journal Socius. Academic researchers, companies, and governments holding data face a fundamental tension between risk to respondents and benefits to…

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