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Mike Kubzansky
Chief Executive Officer
&
Sarah Drinkwater
Director, Beneficial Technology

A New Initiative to Explore the Impact of Social Media on Democracy

December 17, 2019

Mike Kubzansky and Sarah Drinkwater share insights on why we are funding a new two-year initiative with the international, independent nonprofit Social Science Research Council (SSRC) to examine social media’s role in elections and democracy

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Mike Kubzansky
Chief Executive Officer
&
Chris Jurgens
Director, Reimagining Capitalism

Funding the Rails on Which We Ride: Why We Invested in Impact Investing’s Tipping Point Fund

December 16, 2019

Earlier this month, we stood alongside eight fellow impact investors to launch the Tipping Point Fund. Learn more from Mike, Chris, and Robynn on why we were extremely pleased to participate.

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Anamitra Deb
Senior Director, Beneficial Technology
&
David Madden
senior advisor

WhatsApp is a Threat to Society. Here’s How to Fix It.

December 16, 2019

Anamitra Deb and David Madden share four ways that WhatsApp can and must do more to address the dangerous behavior that its platform is enabling.

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Thea Anderson
Director, Beneficial Technology
&
Franklyn Odhiambo

Levering Technology for Justice: Why We Invested in Lawyers Hub

December 12, 2019

Thea Anderson and Franklyn Odhiambo share why we invested in Nairobi-based Lawyers Hub, the first innovation hub in Africa for technology startups run by lawyers.

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Beth Kanter
Chief Advocacy & Strategic Communications Officer

8 Storytellers Informing How We've Been Reimagining Capitalism in 2019

December 5, 2019

As we get ready to head home for the holidays, many of us are stockpiling books to cozy up with in front of the fire. If you’re like our Reimagining Capitalism team, your reading list is short on pulp and long on economic theory.

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Abiah Weaver
Director, Beneficial Technology

10 Storytellers Who Informed Our Outlook on Tech in 2019

December 5, 2019

A list of 10 books, documentaries, podcasts, and television series about responsible technology that captured our attention this year.

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Ju-Ho Lee
Commissioner of The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity and former Minister of Education, Science and Technology in South Korea

Equitable Tech: Delivering High-Impact Learning with a Human Touch

December 3, 2019

Education is supposed to prepare children for the future, yet the current system is 100 years behind the times. Eliza Erickson and Ju-Ho Lee share insights on the future of impactful edtech.

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Eric McCarthy
Extern, Beneficial Technology

VCs Align Around New Beliefs, Investment Tools to Reinforce a Better Data Economy That Puts People First

November 21, 2019

Earlier this year, Omidyar Network assembled a group of like-minded, early-stage technology investors to help transform the data economy. Magdi Amin, and Eric McCarthy share learnings from the convening.

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Thea Anderson
Director, Beneficial Technology

Enabling Effective and Inclusive Tech Policy in Africa; Why We Invested in CIPESA

November 19, 2019

Across East and Southern Africa, the civic space is fractured and shrinking. Read more from Thea Anderson on how Omidyar Network is investing in CIPESA to strengthen platforms for civic engagement, effectively advocate to policymakers, and surface and network new and emerging civil sector partners.

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Anamitra Deb
Senior Director, Beneficial Technology
&
Sarah Drinkwater
Director, Beneficial Technology
&
CV Madhukar
Managing Director, Beneficial Technology

Four Ways to Reset, Restore, and Renew Trust in Technology

November 15, 2019

Anamitra Deb, Sarah Drinkwater, and CV Madhukar share solutions to reset the tech industry, restore competition, and renew trust.

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This Year Privacy-First Tech Will (Slowly) Start Going Mainstream

Will 2020 be the year privacy-respecting tech goes mainstream? Director Sarah Drinkwater shares her predictions with Wired UK.

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