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Hetan Shah
Executive Director, Royal Statistical Society

The Data Trust Deficit

October 28, 2014

The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) has just released a new Data Manifesto which looks at what the next UK Government could do to improve the use of data to improve policymaking, democracy and prosper

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Jeni Tennison
Technical Director, Open Data Institute

How Can Openness Help to Protect Our Privacy?

October 27, 2014

We have a tendency to think of openness as the opposite of privacy, and in particular that opening up data carries the risk of exposing our private information.

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Charles Kenny
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Could Contract Transparency Be Bad?

October 27, 2014

Omidyar Network’s annual conference on transparency, Open Up? 2014, is titled “Boundaries of Openness and Privacy.” We’ll launch the Center for Global Development’s Working Group on Contract Publicat

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What's In A Name?

October 27, 2014

We at Omidyar Network have long advocated the merits of opening government data. Its potential to strengthen governance, drive economic growth, and build trust is attractive for those of us working to improve the relationships between governments and citizens.

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Testing the boundaries of OGP

September 25, 2014

Are governments most likely to reform before joining an international initiative or once they have joined it?

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“What can OGP do for me?”

September 24, 2014

We know that the Open Government Partnership is a powerful tool to implement national-level change. Brazil enacted its Freedom of Information Law thanks to OGP...

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The Global Innovation Fund: Pilot, Test, Scale

September 23, 2014

September has been a good month for impact investing.  

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OGP as a Platform

September 23, 2014

Being within the Open Government Partnership (OGP), or even at the head of OGP, does not turn your country into a paragon of openness.

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Mike Kubzansky
Managing Partner

On Innovators and Pinballs

September 3, 2014

Five paths to scale in early-stage impact investing. You’ve heard it before: Charity doesn’t scale; business does. Social entrepreneurs and impact investors have been hard at work applying business best practices and market principles to some of the world’s most pressing issues—

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Mike Kubzansky
Managing Partner

The Graceful “Art” of an Equity Exit

September 2, 2014

All impact investors will, by definition, eventually grapple with how best to make a graceful exit – one that is commensurate with the organization’s overall mission and operating philosophy.

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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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