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Podcast & Video: Closing Civic Spaces in the Digital Age

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Listen to Lucy Bernholz, Chris Worman, Mandeep Tiwana, Wilneida Negrón, and Dan “Blah” Meredith discuss the role digital resources are playing in the closing of civic spaces around the world. Civic spaces are closing around the world. Digital data and infrastructure are playing an increasing role in this trend, as they reshape the foundation and boundaries of civic spaces, and create new digital …

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Predict-a-palooza: Civil Society Forecast 2018

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Featured Speakers Civil society – our shared space and work for the public good – faces startling new pressures and possibilities in this dynamic, digital age. What trends, opportunities, and risks will inform and reshape civil society in 2018? Join us as we kick off the new year with a virtual roundtable of experts, scholars, and practitioners to identify key …

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Digital Impact: Reflections from New York City

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The Digital Civil Society Lab welcomed 80 civil society leaders to the Digital Impact World Tour convening in New York City on October 23.   Given the depth and breadth of the academic and civic tech communities in New York, the panel discussions were particularly illuminating. Throughout the previous eight global conversations we have convened this year around the “possibilities and responsibilities” of the …

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Closing Civic Space in the Digital Age

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Featured Speakers Civic spaces are closing around the globe. What role has digital data played in restricting civil society, and what are next steps for ensuring open civic spaces in this digital age? Join us as we gather experts to discuss the role of digital resources in shaping access to democratic participation, civil liberties, and other features of a thriving …

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Utilizing Social Media Data for Public Good

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Social media data can be seen as a double-edged sword: while individual privacy and security is a significant concern, social media data and the intelligence gained from data analytics can also help solve pressing public problems. The Governance Lab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering recently published a report that details the powerful potential of data collaboratives, a form of public-private partnerships that exchange …

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Podcast & Video: The Open 990 & U.S. Nonprofits

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Listen to Lucy Bernholz, Cinthia Schuman Ottinger, Beth Simone Noveck, David Borenstein, and Neville Vakharia discuss the new machine-readable Form 990 and the opportunities and challenges presented to U.S. nonprofits and civil society. Recent regulatory changes have made e-filed Form 990s, the data-rich annual financial disclosure forms for U.S. nonprofits, publicly available as machine-readable digital data. With this change, the floodgates are opening for social …

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Digital Impact – New York City

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New York City: Join us on October 23!   Digital Impact is coming to New York City to learn how social sector leaders are creating impact in the digital age. Nonprofit organizations and foundations increasingly depend on digital data to inform their strategies, monitor their progress, manage their organizations and pursue their missions. How can organizations and leaders maximize the …

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Podcast: Internet Health: A Checkup for Civil Society

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Listen to Lucy Bernholz, Solana Larsen, Dhanaraj Thakur, and Jessica Feldman discuss how we can define, measure, and foster a healthy internet for civil society. Shaped by technology, policy, commerce, culture and a host of other influences, the internet is a dynamic and diverse digital ecosystem whose increasing indispensability presents both opportunities and challenges for civil society. Digital Impact hosted …

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2017 Digital Impact Grants Cohort Selected

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Digital Impact has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to seven international and U.S. social sector organizations working to advance the safe, ethical, and effective use of digital resources for social good around the globe. The selected grantees represent the second cohort in the Digital Impact Grants program (formerly Good Data Grants), which launched in 2016 with the support of …

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Considering Bias

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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 heuristic). While that can impact your anxiety to fly, it …