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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, Beneficial Technology
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Franklyn Odhiambo
Analyst, Digital Identity
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Abiah Weaver
Director, Beneficial Technology

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, Beneficial Technology
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Gus Rossi
Principal, Beneficial Technology

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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Thea Anderson
Director, Beneficial Technology
&
Abiah Weaver
Director, Beneficial Technology

No Decision About ID Should be Made in Secret, Fast

July 30, 2019

The Kenyan government recently released the first draft of proposed legislation that would update the core aspects of its national ID system. Thea Anderson and Abiah Weaver explain why it’s important to lead a transparent, inclusive, and accountable consultation process.

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Move Beyond the Mirage: Embracing Deep Collaboration to Transform Outcomes

July 22, 2019

Amy Klement shares why we are excited to support the launch of Beyond the Mirage, a new report to rethink how governments can ensure every child has access to high-quality education.

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Anamitra Deb
Senior Director, Beneficial Technology

Responsible Tech Takes Center Stage at Code 2019

Anamitra Deb and Kana Hammon share insights from Code Conference 2019, where the focus was on responsible tech.

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Subhashish Bhadra
Principal, Beneficial Technology

Five Surprisingly Consequential Decisions Governments Make About Digital Identity

June 18, 2019

This week, leaders from 95 countries have traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa to attend the ID4Africa annual meeting and learn more about the rapidly growing d

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Anti-Monopoly Money: Behind Millions in New Funding to Battle Bigness

Anamitra Deb discusses with Inside Philanthropy the firm’s efforts to steward technology as well as its recent investment in the Anti-Monopology Fund to curb platform power.

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d.light Welcomes Investment from Shell on its Journey to Impact 100M Lives

d.light, a company that designs and develops high-quality, affordable, and innovative solar-powered consumer products for families without access to reliable electricity has announced its new partnership with Shell.

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Omidyar Network CEO Opens Up about VC-Influenced Philanthropy

In a recent interview with TechCrunch, Mike Kubzansky shared insights on how Omidyar Network's VC-influenced philanthropy has informed our approach to reimagining capitalism and promoting beneficial technology.

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