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Subhashish Bhadra
Principal, Beneficial Technology

Questioning the Appropriate use of Digital Identity

May 27, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis highlights risks of inadequate governance and technological guardrails  

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Thea Anderson
Director, Beneficial Technology
&
Franklyn Odhiambo
Analyst, Digital Identity

Why We Invested in Good ID Advocacy Efforts Led by Civil Society and Grassroots Organizations in East Africa

May 21, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated efforts by governments around the world to digitize public services and public health responses. Thea and Franklyn share insights on how Omidyar Network continues to invest in organizations who support their people at the grassroots.

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Anamitra Deb
Senior Director, Beneficial Technology
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Gus Rossi
Principal, Beneficial Technology

New analysis offers roadmap to limit Google’s anticompetitive behavior in digital advertising

May 15, 2020

Today, we unveiled the first in a series of policy papers containing detailed evidence and roadmaps for potential antitrust cases against several tech giants. The “Roadmap for a Digital Advertising Monopolization Case Against Google”, is the result of a collaboration between several antitrust experts who have been working in tandem to study competition issues in the digital marketplace and research the specific harms caused by tech giants.

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Alexander Hertel-Fernandez
Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Fellow, Data for Progress

What Americans Think About Worker Power and Organization: Lessons from a New Survey

May 12, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has led to an unprecedented public health and economic crisis. But it also represents a crisis of worker voice. This memo holds several important insights and conclusions about American's support for worker power.

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Our Vision for the Future of Workers and Work

May 12, 2020

A dignified life means stability and agency. It means we get paid fairly for the work we do, and get a fair return for the time we put in. It means we can make ends meet, sustain our families, and send our kids off to a brighter future.

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Anamitra Deb
Senior Director, Beneficial Technology

Why We’ve Invested in Fighting Disinformation and Dangerous Speech on WhatsApp and Other Encrypted Messaging Platforms

April 17, 2020

We’ve recently expanded our impact with some exciting partnerships that both get at the urgency of what’s required to stop the current “infodemic” and continue to strengthen civil society capacity to engage multiple stakeholders and perspectives, working toward sustainable change.

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Govind Shivkumar
Principal, Beneficial Technology
&
Julian Ranger
Chairman, digi.me

We Must All Work Together to Combat COVID-19. That Starts with Giving People Control of their Data

April 15, 2020

An individual’s personal data is, by definition, personal. Any data collected for tracing people’s contact with COVID-19, therefore, must have both individual consent and public acceptance before private data is collected and used for a societal purpose. Digi.me has a comprehensive, nationwide solution for contact tracing that respects individuals’ privacy within two weeks.

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Gus Rossi
Principal, Beneficial Technology

Facebook, Google Need to Flatten the Disinformation Curve of their Own Making

April 8, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed an explosion of misinformation, fraud, and fear.

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Thea Anderson
Director, Beneficial Technology
&
Elizabeth M. Renieris
Fellow, Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University

Data Protection and Digital Infrastructure Before, During, and After a Pandemic

April 7, 2020

Part one of our exploration into the pathways and pitfalls for good global data protection in an evolving landscape.

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Joelle Gamble
Principal, Reimagining Capitalism

Omidyar Network’s COVID-19 Economic Response Advocacy Fund Aims to Help Working Families Now, Create a Stronger, More Inclusive Economic System Moving Forward

April 7, 2020

**We were inspired by the large response to this effort and are no longer accepting new applications. 

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Announcement

Omidyar Network Provides Needed Communications Support for Campaigns Working to Create Economic Equity

Omidyar Network announced a cohort of five people who will serve as part of the first ever Omidyar Network Communications Fellows Program. The full press release, here.

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#21: Beneficial Tech — The Times They Are a Changin'

Sarah Drinkwater shares insights with Civic Signals on the newly launched Ethical Explorer Pack. 

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Big Tech Goes on Shopping Spree, Brushing Off Antitrust Scrutiny

Bloomberg mentioned Omidyar Network's antitrust paper series, and David Dinielli shared more insights, here. 

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