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Mike Kubzansky
Chief Executive Officer
&
Tracy Williams
Director

The GM Score: $25 Billion for Stockholders vs. $0 for UAW Members

September 18, 2019

Fifty thousand General Motors employees bravely used their power to go on strike this week. Omidyar Network stands in solidarity with these UAW members as we believe working men and women should have a fair share of our nation’s economic success.

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Sarah Drinkwater
Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

Why We Invested: Zebras Unite

September 6, 2019

As Big Tech faces increasing customer distrust, regulatory attention, and worker activism, a community of consciously scaling founders is emerging that define themselves against the dominant players. At Omidyar Network, we believe that we need to change the culture and norms that define the tech industry today.

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Thea Anderson
Director, Investments

Increasing the Transparency and Accountability of ID Systems Through Continuous Public Engagement: Why We Invested in IDEO.org Nairobi

September 4, 2019

Learn why we’ve chosen to invest in IDEO.org Nairobi to help answer the question – what does good public engagement look like in the design, management, and governance of an ID system?

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Mike Kubzansky
Chief Executive Officer

Welcome, but Long Overdue

August 29, 2019

Mike Kubzansky shares insights on the recent statement from the US Business Roundtable urging businesses to move away from pure profit maximization and consider their broader impact.

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Reporting on Digital Identity Issues with Nuance and Tenacity: Why We Invested in the Africa-China Reporting Project

August 13, 2019

We believe that media strengthens society. It plays an important role in creating public awareness of digital identity-related decisions and their rights. It acts as a watch dog to protect public interests and helps hold decision makers accountable to those interests.

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

Power in the Palm of Your Hand: How Asia Transforms Screen Time into Learning Opportunities

August 13, 2019

Eliza Erickson and Erin Simmons share insights from the “Scaling Access & Impact: Realizing the Power of EdTech” Country Reports for China and Indonesia.

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Equitable EdTech: from the Top-Down How the US and Chile Power Equitable EdTech with Policy and the Purse

August 12, 2019

Eliza Erikson and Erin Simmons share key insights from the “Scaling Access & Impact: Realizing the Power of EdTech” Country Reports for Chile and the United States.

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Thea Anderson
Director, Investments
&
Franklyn Odhiambo
Analyst, Digital Identity
&
Abiah Weaver
Director, Marketing Strategy & Communications

Three Ways Kenya’s ID System Can Improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

August 12, 2019

Thea Anderson, Franklyn Odhiambo, and Abiah Weaver discuss Kenya's ID system and three options for improvement in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Anamitra Deb
Senior Director
&
Gus Rossi
Principal

Why We’re Investing in Curbing the Power of Tech Platforms

August 7, 2019

Anamitra Deb and Gus Rossi share why we invested in three organizations helping to advance education, dialogue, and action in promoting the beneficial use of technology.

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Isabelle Hau
Investment Partner
&
Ashley Beckner
Venture Partner, Investments

Holberton School is Poised to Unlock Human Potential Globally

August 5, 2019

Isabelle Hau and Ashley Beckner share more about how Holberton School is opening the door to a more diverse pool of learners and addressing the talent shortage in software engineering globally.

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New Benchmark Initiative to Explore the Ethical Application of Location Data

The new Geovation Benchmark Initiative will link the geospatial community with businesses, public bodies, researchers, media, and the public to promote a better, wider understanding of the power and influence of location data.

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Omidyar Network Joins in the Launch of an Anti-Monopoly Fund

Omidyar Network invests in a $10 million Anti-Monopoly Fund, led by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, to support academic research, policy advocates, and grassroots groups working on antitrust matters.

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EthicalGEO Winners Show How We Can Use Geospatial Technology For The Good Of All

Forbes highlights the winners of American Geographical Society’s EthicalGEO fellowship focused on how location data and geospatial technology can be used for social justice and to empower people to take control of their data and to improve their communities.

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