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Digital Impact Grants 2017 Cycle Now Open!

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Good Data Grants are back – as Digital Impact Grants! Digital Impact is very pleased to announce the opening of the 2017 cycle for our Digital Impact Grants program to advance the use of digital data and infrastructure for social good. Launched in 2016 with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Digital Impact Grants support research and innovation …

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Introducing: Digital Impact

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We’re thrilled to announce that we’re bringing all our communities of digital do-gooders under one roof. Today we will begin transitioning Markets for Good and digitalimpact.io to one new shared identity – Digital Impact. All of the content, collaboration, and digital exploration we know and love will continue growing under the new Digital Impact – an initiative of the Digital Civil Society Lab at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy …

First cohort of grantees selected

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Digital Impact (formerly Markets For Good) has awarded nearly $275,000 in grants to seven projects spearheaded by U.S. nonprofits and universities to build a higher impact social sector founded in responsible digital data use and infrastructure. The selected projects represent the first cohort of grantees for the new grants program, which launched in June 2016 with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program aims …

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2016 Global NGO Online Technology Report

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The 2016 Global NGO Online Technology Report, a collaborative research project by Nonprofit Tech for Good and the Public Interest Registry, explores how non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide use online technology to communicate with their donors and fellow supporters. NGOs and the social sector at large have increasingly harnessed online technology and services to advance their work. Yet, in countries around …

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Give Day Lessons: A Look Back at Give Local America

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Updated: Follow this link to check out highlights from our Giving Day Fail virtual roundtable and download the podcast! Join us at 10 am PDT on Thursday, June 9th for the MFG virtual roundtable,”Giving Day Fail: Lessons for Digital Infrastructure,” when moderator Andrew Means and panelists Asha Curran, Priscilla Enriquez, and Beth Kanter will dissect the Give Local America Day tech failure and the lessons …

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Groundwork for Good: Twenty-two leaders make the case for enhanced investment in nonprofit infrastructure

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In an open letter to foundations, 22 institutional leaders called for enhanced investment in nonprofit infrastructure – the “organizations devoted to supporting the health of the nonprofit sector.” Likening the value of their work in the social sector to the role that roads, bridges, schools, and other essential infrastructure play in undergirding our society and economy, the authors asked foundations …

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Big Data Gets a Big Security Update: Google Analytics Now Fully Encrypted

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  Marking a significant change in its security protocols, Google announced that its Analytics service now secures all communications between client websites, end users, and Google servers.   Formerly, Google followed its clients’ individual preferences in choosing whether or not to secure their web traffic via the standard HTTPS encryption protocol. Now, the market leader in web analytics is using …

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Open Data Institute Method Report: Lessons on supporting public sector open data leadership

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  As our open data movement continues to grow and shift, practitioners are emphasizing the importance of sharing; be it data, lessons, or best practices. By creating a collaborative environment for sharing and learning, we can collectively advance our efforts to use data for social good.   The Open Data Institute (ODI) continues to enhance their mission to, “connect, equip …

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#EarthDay2016: monitor the air quality you breathe, with a Tweet

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  Right on theme with last week’s #EarthDay2016, Raheel Khursheed, head of news and government partnerships at Twitter, explained that Twitter and IndiaSpend are launching a #Breathe hashtag service to provide Indians with real-time information on air pollution levels based on their location. All of this is done through a tweet.     Users simply tweet #Breathe with their location and …

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The dirty little secret that data journalists aren’t telling you

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  Jake Porway expressed in his piece “The Trials and Tribulations of Data Visualization for Good,” that, “data visualization without rigorous analysis is at best just rhetoric and, at worst, incredibly harmful.” Christopher Ingraham continues this discussion in his article, “The dirty little secret that data journalists aren’t telling you.”   In his examination of data visualization, Ingraham finds that …