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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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The Internet of Things: Risks and Rewards of a Connected Future

https://vimeo.com/279556717 Lucy Bernholz, Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab, was joined by Robin Wilton of Internet Society, Sona Shah of Neopenda, and Amy Sample Ward of NTEN to discuss the current state of IoT among nonprofits and how it has sparked a new era of social impact. The Internet…

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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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Considering Bias

Human perceptions and decision-making are riddled with cognitive biases. Cognitive biases are tendencies to think in certain ways that sometimes lead to irrational judgments. For example, you might think you are more likely to die in a plane crash than die of a heart attack (that’s caused by the availability…

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Open Data and Economic Ownership in West African Agriculture

Mobile technology is changing the way of life for millions of rural farmers across the West African country of Ghana. They receive texts with up-to-date crop prices, weather alerts, and advice about planting. Using electronic payment services, they now have credit histories to secure loans. With mobile technology, they can…

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Unearthing Data to Unleash Impact: Using Unique Data Sources to Drive Change

  Introduction At DataKind and Tableau Foundation, we regularly work with nonprofits that have important questions to answer, but not necessarily the data to do so.   Or, at least, they don’t think they have the data to do so.   The truth is, in this awesome age of the…

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Breaking Down Barriers to Expand Data for Social Good

  Interest in topics like “data science,” “analytics,” and “big data” is growing in the nonprofit and education sectors. Attendance at training programs, salons, and conferences like NTEN’s annual conference, Do Good Data or Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Data on Purpose is booming.   And it’s no surprise – we…

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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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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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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…

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