Omidyar Network

Why We Use Both Investments and Grants in Service of Our Mission

November 3, 2014

Omidyar Network was created with the intention of using new approaches to tackling the world’s most intractable problems. Based on his experience with eBay, Pierre Omidyar knew that the power of markets could generate tremendous positive social change, and he set about structuring Omidyar Network in a way that gave us the flexibility to make for-profit investments as well as traditional grants.

Tim Davies
Open Data Research Lead at Web Foundation

Getting Strategic About Openness and Privacy

November 2, 2014

Information is powerful. And in a world where the amount of information generated, captured and stored has grown exponentially in recent decades, getting hold of the information you need, when you need it, relies upon having access to the data that describes it.

Stefaan G. Verhulst
Co-Founder and Chief of Research and Development at The GovLab, New York University
David Sangokoya
Research Fellow at The GovLab, New York University

OpenUp Corporate Data While Protecting Privacy

October 30, 2014

Consider a few numbers: By the end of 2014, the number of mobile phone subscriptions worldwide is expected to reach 7 billion, nearly equal to the world’s population.

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

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.

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

Laura Bacon
Principal, Policy

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.

Martin Tisné
Investment Partner

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?

Martin Tisné
Investment Partner

“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...

Matt Bannick
Former Managing Partner

The Global Innovation Fund: Pilot, Test, Scale

September 23, 2014

September has been a good month for impact investing.  

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Bon Raises INR 7.8 Crore in a Seed Round Led by Omidyar Network

Bon, the FinTech platform that facilitates digital credit for flexible workers, today announced that it has raised INR 7.8 Crore ($1.1 million USD) in a seed round led by Omidyar Network.



Paula Goldman: Emerging Tech Needs Guardrails

Paula Goldman talked with Techonomy about emerging technology and the need to build robust guardrails to mitigate unintended harm.



Radiant Earth Foundation Releases First Earth Imagery Platform for Global Development

Radiant Earth Foundation (formerly known as Radiant.Earth) announced today the release of its new open Earth imagery platform, fundamentally changing the way humanitarian aid workers, policymakers, researchers, journalists, and others use satellite images to understand and serve their communities.