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Alissa Black
Director, Investments

Sustainability: The Opportunities for Civic Tech

November 14, 2017

Omidyar Network's Alissa Black reflects on the Knight Foundation's new report on how civic tech start-ups are seeking sustainability.

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CV Madhukar
Investment Partner

Building the Foundation for a More Inclusive, Secure Digital Identity in India

November 7, 2017

We fundamentally believe that digital identity has the potential to empower people to participate fully in society and the digital economy, but only if it is available and useful to the individual, non-discriminatory, and designed for inclusion, meaningful user-control, and privacy.

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Chris Jurgens
Director, Impact Investing

Reaching Deep in Low-Income Markets: What Have We Learned?

November 6, 2017

How much do we know about how deeply down the economic pyramid enterprises can reach – in critical sectors such as agriculture, education, energy, and financial inclusion – while still achieving financial sustainability and scale?

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Protecting the World’s Investigative Journalists | Why We Invested: Reporters Without Borders

October 31, 2017

In these increasingly urgent times for press freedom worldwide, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) serves a critical role in the global press freedom landscape. This 30-year old Paris-based organization maintains some of the most foundational global infrastructure to protecting reporters investigating the world’s most dangerous stories.

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Robynn Steffen
Senior Manager, Impact Investing
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McKenzie Smith
Program Manager, Impact Investing

A Call to Action for Silicon Valley

October 31, 2017

Tech giants Salesforce and Twilio recently unveiled new impact investing funds representing two distinct but important funding models to inspire their Silicon Valley peers.

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Myo Zin

Investing in Home-Grown Talent | Why We Invested: eTekkatho Digital Libraries

October 17, 2017

Myanmar finds itself on the cusp of technological revolution. Encouraged by outside investment and the country’s innovative spirit along with high smart phone penetration, a tech-focused entrepreneurship ecosystem is emerging.

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CV Madhukar
Investment Partner

Digital Identity and Privacy

October 12, 2017

Identity is vital to participate fully in our modern digital society and economy. Yet, designed and implemented unchecked, digital identity technologies could have unintended adverse consequences for the world’s most vulnerable populations.

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Alissa Black
Director, Investments

Engaging Young People in Civic Action | Why We Invested: DoSomething.org

October 11, 2017

Millennials and Gen Z represent our most socially tolerant and demographically diverse generations, and they remain an untapped source of civic action and social change.

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Founder’s Corner: NerdWallet’s Tim Chen with advice for aligning an organization, staying focused, and managing headcount without politics

October 9, 2017

It’s been nearly 10 years since Tim Chen, founder and CEO of NerdWallet, began tinkering away building the startup he helms today.

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Why We Invested: Siyavula

October 9, 2017

The Siyavula Practice uses powerful and sophisticated machine learning to meet all students where they are, and helps take them on a progressive learning journey.

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Big money eyes the Big Tech debate

Omidyar Network's Paula Goldman talked with Axios about the Tech and Society Solutions Lab's recent support for the Center for Humane Technology.

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Indians spend roughly 3 hours a day on smartphones, but are they paying big bucks for apps?

Mobile app usage in India has boomed, but Roopa Kudva shares with The Economic Times how usage may be different for India's next half billion coming online.

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A Hippocratic Oath for Data Scientists

At the recent Data for Good Exchange, Omidyar Network joined tech, civic, and media partners to help develop a code of ethics for the data science community.

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