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Ashley Beckner
Venture Partner, Investments

Redefining Family Engagement for Today's Parents and Caregivers

April 4, 2019

Children with engaged families earn better grades, finish high school at higher rates, and are more likely to enroll in postsecondary education. Ashley Beckner shares some of the family engagement solutions she is watching.

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Amy Regas
Director

Why We Continue to Support Cadasta Foundation

March 26, 2019

In today’s rapidly advancing world, technology and human ingenuity are improving lives across the globe. However, millions of people are being left behind by lack of access to these innovations and the benefits they create.

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Magdi Amin
Investment Partner

Race to the Top: A New Business Paradigm for Identity Data

March 26, 2019

The decisions we make as investors, and the guidance we provide to our investees, send signals that help shape the future. At #KNOW2019, we are calling on VCs and impact investors to help build a tech sector that is both commercially successful and good for people.

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Subhashish Bhadra
Principal, Investments
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Magdi Amin
Investment Partner

Spotting Privacy Breaches Before They Cause Harm: Why We Invested in Terbium Labs.

March 25, 2019

With breaches becoming a daily occurrence, we need tools that keep watch in the places where stolen data is bought and sold, warning customers when their data has been used and traded without their consent.

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Eliza Erikson
Investment Partner
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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
Interim Lead, Exploration and Future Sensing

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
Interim Lead, Exploration and Future Sensing

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
Interim Lead, Exploration and Future Sensing

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
Senior Director

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

March 11, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg recently 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
Interim Lead, Exploration and Future Sensing

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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What categories of risk & ethical implications should AI companies pay special attention to? The #EthicalOS toolkit… t.co/Rm6BBJH2Wa

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The Importance of Catalytic Capital

Omidyar Network’s Mike Kubzansky joins Rockefeller’s Raj Shah and MacArthur’s Julia Stasch to highlight the important role philanthropy can play in making investments in impact-oriented entrepreneurs who might otherwise not have access to sufficient capital. 

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From Apps On Your Phone To Satellites In The Sky, A New Program Looks Into The Ethics Of Mapping

A new program called EthicalGEO, sponsored by the American Geographical Society (AGS), encourages people to begin a dialogue on the ethical implications geospatial technologies present in our lives.

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Knight Foundation Announce Commitment of Nearly $50 Million to Better Understand How Technology is Transforming our Democracy

Knight Foundation announce commitment of nearly $50 million in research to better understand how technology is transforming our democracy and the way we receive and engage with information.

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