Digital Impact fosters an online community of social sector practitioners, policymakers, allied organizations and initiatives built around the safe, ethical, and effective use of digital resources for social good. From key influencers to on-the-ground program staff, we’re building a community to exchange ideas and foster new connections and collaborations.
Victoria Vrana, Senior Program Officer, Charitable Sector Support, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Brian Walsh, Head of Impact, Liquidnet
Mari Kuraishi, Co-founder and President, GlobalGiving
African Minds – Open Data Intermediaries and Economic Ownership Rights
Ariadne – European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights – Research and decision-making framework for philanthropic organizations sharing grants data for human rights and social change projects
Benetech – Gamified Digital Security Training
CIVICUS – Data for Action: Bringing Responsible and Secure Data Practices to Community Surveys
Data Orchard – Data Evolution +
Max Planck institute for Intelligent Systems – Avoiding Discrimination in Automated Decision Making and Machine Learning
Pro Bono Net – Legal Empowerment Data Literacy and Governance Initiative
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology, Law School; Lecturer, Faculty of Law
Dr Angela Daly is Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Queensland University of Technology’s Faculty of Law and a research associate in the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (Netherlands). She is a comparative socio-legal scholar of technology and is the author of Socio-Legal Aspects of the 3D Printing Revolution(Palgrave 2016) and Private Power, Online Information Flows and EU Law: Mind the Gap(Hart 2016). She holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute, which was joint winner of the 2013-2015 Fondazione Calamandrei Frosini prize for best thesis in legal informatics and information law. Prior to QUT, she was previously Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Media and Communications Law at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research.→
Lauren-Glenn Davitian is Executive Director of CCTV Center for Media & Democracy based in Burlington, Vermont. In her quest to help social change organizations to be more effective, she started Common Good Vermont, which aims to build a “culture of accountability”, within Vermont’s social sector, through the effective use of data driven results. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org→
Chris Delatorre manages editorial for the Digital Impact (DI) portfolio hosted by the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford PACS. As an editor and comms consultant working in science, tech and philanthropy, Chris transforms complex ideas into compelling messages and helps experts and organizations connect with the people they care about.
At George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Public Health, Chris led editorial for COMPASS, a multimedia resource that earned a model program award from the U.S. Department of Education. His series on the Stonewall Riots, described as “one of the best articles related to the uprising,” was praised by Oscar-nominated writer/playwright Larry Kramer, who called it “Excellent, very moving. It is nice to be seen in this way. It never happens!” The series has been cited in the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law, and in the critically-acclaimed book, Lavender and Red.
As the managing editor of WINGS, Chris designed and launched a communications program to support a network of 20,000 organizations in 40 countries. For three years, he produced interviews with leading innovators in global philanthropy and social investment, managed editorial across agencies, continents and work cultures, and engaged in high level discussions with the United Nations, Ford Foundation, and OECD.
At TechSoup, Chris led a team of experts to position the forum as a global resource for nonprofits, as well as a content partner for brands like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, and Box. Later, he designed a consumer portal and led a digital campaign for a national housing initiative, working alongside NYC Council Member Ritchie Torres and others to promote affordable housing in the five boroughs and beyond. His work was featured in a communications textbook published by Routledge in 2016 and drew support from the likes of Senator Tammy Baldwin and actor George Takei.→
Oktay Dogramaci is the Head of the Global Cause-Related Solutions team and Director of Product Management at PayPal, where he is responsible for nonprofit and donation related product features around the world. He was a co-founder and CTO of MissionFish, eBay Inc.’s nonprofit partner powering cause-marketing and donation programs built into eBay properties since 2003, and during that tenure helped raise a quarter billion dollars for charities.→
Research Fellow in the PwC Chair in Digital Economy at QUT, Australia
Paula is a Research Fellow for the PwC Chair in Digital Economy at the QUT Business School. In this role, Paula is researching how organizations transition through the digital economy and how consumers respond to changes in the market, which sometimes results in deviant or non-compliant consumer behavior. Her research focuses on providing businesses and policymakers with evidence-based solutions to real world problems. Paula’s extensive research engagement experience saw her obtain an Outstanding Achievement in Research Collaboration Award from an International Science Advisory Panel and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, and a Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Fund Award from the QUT Business School. As of 2016, Paula has brought in over $950,000 in awards and grants, including commercial research and Cooperative Research Centre funding. Paula is published in outlets such as the Journal of Marketing Management, UNSW Law Journal, and Advances in Consumer Research. Paula was awarded a PhD from QUT with a study on why everyday consumers engage in deviant consumer behavior. Paula also holds a Bachelor of Business (Honors) degree, where she was awarded a QUT Medal for academic excellence, and a Bachelor of Business degree from QUT.→
Justin Duncan is a Policy Associate at the Data Transparency Coalition. Justin works closely with the Coalition’s policy team on data transparency issues in federal spending and federal financial regulation. He also focuses on expanding the Coalition’s open data policy efforts into other federal, state, and local government domains. Prior to joining the Coalition, Justin completed internships at the Center for Effective Government and the U.S. House of Representatives. Justin is a graduate of Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Justin Duncan can be reached at email@example.com→
Executive Director and Co-Founder at The Engine Room
Alix is a recovering researcher with a passion for applying creative solutions to difficult problems. She is a hunter and gatherer, identifying data and technology strategies that can empower social change initiatives around the world to maximize their impact and make the most of their resources. She co-founded The Engine Room and leads it to be a nimble organization that provides direct support where, when, and how initiatives need it. She sits on the board of HURIDOCS, and the Technology Advisory Council of Amnesty International. She plays a mean game of chess.→
Denise Raquel Dunning is the Program Director of the Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy & Leadership Initiative (AGALI) at the Public Health Institute. AGALI improves adolescent girls’ health, education, and livelihoods by strengthening advocacy efforts and leadership capacity in Latin America and Africa.→
Sarah Durham started Big Duck in 1994 to help nonprofits increase their visibility, raise money, and achieve their missions. Today, Big Duck is the leading communications firm that works exclusively with nonprofits to help them raise money, recruit, and build awareness. Clients include local, regional, national, and international organizations. Sarah is a total nonprofit communications nerd. She was named a top fundraiser under 40 by Fundraising Success Magazine in 2006, and one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company magazine in 2010. The author of Brandraising: How Nonprofits Raise Visibility and Money Through Smart Communications (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2010), Sarah tweets @BigDuckSarah; please join her in conversation there.→