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Mike Kubzansky
Managing Partner

A New Approach for a New Frontier

October 17, 2018

Since our founding in 2004, Omidyar Network has been a pioneer. We combined impact investing with traditional grantmaking in an approach to philanthropy that was catalytic, innovative, and early. Our venture-capitalist mindset let us see old problems in new ways and find market-based, tech-enabled innovations that could scale to match the global scope of those problems.

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Ashley Beckner
Venture Partner, Investments
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Vinice Davis
Venture Partner

Parents are the Future: Reimagining Postsecondary Opportunities for Parent Learners

October 16, 2018

Why we invested in Entangled Solutions, bringing more visibility to parent learner population and inspiring innovative solutions that deliver the education, training, and credentials that many parents want and need.

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Paula Goldman
Vice President and Global Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab
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Yoav Schlesinger
Chief of Staff, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

With Great Code Comes Great Responsibility: Announcing the Responsible Computer Science Challenge

October 11, 2018

Move fast and break things. Grounded in disruptive progress, this mindset led to incredible innovation — but while the tech it created had positive impacts, some of it also came with unintended consequences.

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Subhashish Bhadra
Principal, Investments

Five ways India’s data protection bill can put users’ needs first

October 10, 2018

The draft personal data protection bill proposed by the Justice Srikrishna Committee is a major step in India’s journey towards a data governance framework that protects individual privacy, enhances institutional strength, and promotes innovation.

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Subhashish Bhadra
Principal, Investments

Reflections on the Aadhaar Judgment

October 3, 2018

Last week, the Supreme Court of India issued a judgment regarding the constitutionality of Aadhaar, a digital identity system that has enrolled more than 1.2 billion people. Its decision reinforced the importance of privacy, security, and user control – three pillars of Good ID that we recommended in our perspective on Aadhaar, shared in April.

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Working for social transformation through the Kenyan Constitution
 | Why We Invested: Katiba Institute

October 1, 2018

KI works to promote the implementation of the Constitution, its political, social, and economic agenda, and its values and principles. Their work is based on the fundamental belief that bringing the Constitution to life and instilling a culture of constitutionalism in Kenyan society will result in social change, stronger institutions, and better living conditions for all who live in it.

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Ben Scott
Director, Policy & Advocacy, Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative

A New Social Contract for Digital Democracy

September 26, 2018

Digital Deceit II is the first major study of the digital disinformation problem that offers a broad policy framework, building upon basic principles to recommend a set of specific proposals. The analysis is built on a framework of three central pillars: transparency, privacy, and competition.

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Education: Why Radical Collaboration is Needed to Support Education Sector Change

September 24, 2018

This week, the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly opened, and global leaders are actively discussing our progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Why We Invested: The Engine Room

September 13, 2018

The critical importance of civil society in pursuing Good ID is now clearer than ever. Our engagement with The Engine Room underscores our commitment to supporting those who advocate on behalf on individuals and communities.

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CV Madhukar
Investment Partner

Launching Good ID Dialogues

September 5, 2018

We recognize more than ever, that it is not enough to simply advocate for more coverage of those who lack official identification. We must emphasize the need for Good ID, and not just any ID.

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New Competition Wants to Bring Ethics to Undergraduate Computer Science Classrooms

Tina Nazerian at EdSurge covers the launch of the Responsible Computer Science Challenge, the latest exciting initiative incubated at the Tech and Society Solutions Lab.

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Announcement

Silicon Valley Funders Issue Ambitious Challenge to Embed Ethical Thinking into Computer Science Curriculum at Colleges and Universities Nationwide

Final projects will be judged by an external review committee of academics, tech industry leaders, and others.

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How Can Tech Companies Restore Trust? One Engineer at a Time

The Responsible Computer Science Challenge, incubated at Omidyar Network’s Tech and Society Solutions Lab, comes with a letter signed by more than 30 tech founders and executives reinstating the importance of teaching ethical standards to engineers.

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