Blog

Eliza Erikson
Investment Partner
&
Erin Simmons
Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Robust Ecosystems Are Key To Equitable EdTech

March 24, 2019

Scaling Access & Impact: Realizing the Power of EdTech evaluates what might be necessary to enable, scale, and sustain Equitable EdTech solutions that reach all learners.

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Eshanthi Ranasinghe
Senior Manager

A Mental Health Pandemic: Is the World Getting More Addicted, Anxious, and Lonely?

March 19, 2019

Technology has negatively impacted mental health, but could it also be essential to making it better?

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Eshanthi Ranasinghe
Senior Manager

8 Billion "MEcosystems:" Transhumanism Becomes Reality

March 14, 2019

Advancing technology has the potential to push human evolution toward a "transhumanist" future where human bodies are optimized with technology. Could "wearables", 3D printing, gene editing, and digital cloning really extend life and augment humanity?

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Eshanthi Ranasinghe
Senior Manager

The Quantum Race

March 12, 2019

With the emergence of a new and powerful technology, a looming question remains — will quantum computing be used as a tool of creation, destruction, or both, and who will decide?

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Anamitra Deb
Director, Intellectual Capital

Can We Trust Facebook to Keep Our "Digital Living Rooms" Safe From Liars, Racists, and Haters?

March 11, 2019

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg announced plans to build a new offering focused on private conversations. By combining the billions of users across WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram, this still-to-be-created product claims to be the future of communication: private, encrypted, secure.

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Eshanthi Ranasinghe
Senior Manager

The Rise –and Fall?– of the Social Media Influence

March 7, 2019

There are estimates of more than 1 million “influencers” in the world, that speak to 84 billion accounts, shaping viewer opinions and purchasing patterns through videos, pictures, tweets, “stories”, and more.

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Mike Kubzansky
Managing Partner

Flourish: Building a Fairer Financial Sector that Works for All

March 6, 2019

Today marks the creation of Flourish, an evergreen venture fund backing FinTech entrepreneurs who are focused on financial health and prosperity.

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Eshanthi Ranasinghe
Senior Manager

China Ascendant: "Soft power" in an Open Global Order

March 4, 2019

China is rapidly gaining global influence through the application of soft power — the ability to shape the world without the use of military force or coercion.

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Eshanthi Ranasinghe
Senior Manager

Exploration and Future Sensing at Omidyar Network

February 21, 2019

Announcing a new team that will use foresight, deep listening, experimentation, and provocative output and experiences, to inspire new thinking about where the world could head, and what we should do about it now.

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Abiah Weaver
Director, Marketing Strategy & Communications
&
Magdi Amin
Investment Partner

African Union to Consider Good Digital Identity Principles at Summit

February 5, 2019

Framework aims to help millions of Africans benefit from the digital economy while keeping the interests of African people at the center of digital identity systems.

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Announcement

Announcing the Catalytic Capital Consortium

Earlier today, Omidyar Network joined the MacArthur and Rockefeller Foundations to announce the Catalytic Capital Consortium to help address financing gaps in impact investing, helping investors better target how to deploy catalytic capital to have the greatest social impact.

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Announcement

Land and Property Rights News Platform Receives Renewed Funding from Omidyar Network

The Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charity arm of the world’s largest news and information provider, announced today the renewal of a three-year funding commitment from Omidyar Network for PLACE, the innovative news platform dedicated to coverage of the under-reported issue of land and property rights launched in 2016.

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Multimedia

Omidyar Network Publishes Report on Early Childhood Education, Sees Big Opportunity

Isabelle Hau spoke with YourMarkOnTheWorld about opportunities to invest in children before they start school, to level the playing field, and give every child an equal opportunity at success in life.

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