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Subhashish Bhadra
Principal, Beneficial Technology

The Appropriate Use of Digital Identity: Why We Invested in a Three-Region Research Alliance

May 7, 2019

In the past decade alone, more than 110 countries have initiated identification schemes. Learn about the research that three organizations are doing to help develop our collective understanding on the appropriate use of digital identity.

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Amy Klement
Partner
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Jessica Kiessel
Director, Learning & Impact

Learning by Listening to Those We Serve: Why We Invest in Measuring Social Impact

May 2, 2019

With a “100-year gap” for poor children to catch up to the educational levels of today’s wealthy children, Omidyar Network’s Education team approaches our work with a sense of urgency and willingness to take more bold bets when it comes to investing in emerging education innovations.

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Govind Shivkumar
Principal, Investments
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Kabir Kumar
Director, Flourish

Helping People Get Control Over Their Digital Identity: Why We Invested in Cambridge Blockchain

April 11, 2019

We believe Cambridge Blockchain can play a big part in helping markets overcome those struggles. This is why Omidyar Network and Flourish joined PayPal, and others in a Series A extension investment, which totaled $10.5 million.

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Magdi Amin
Investment Partner

Reflections on the NIIMS judgement

April 4, 2019

This week, the High Court of Kenya suspended core aspects of the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), popularly referred to as Huduma Namba. Magdi Amin shares reflections on the judgement.

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Ashley Beckner
Venture Partner, Investments

Redefining Family Engagement for Today's Parents and Caregivers

April 4, 2019

Children with engaged families earn better grades, finish high school at higher rates, and are more likely to enroll in postsecondary education. Ashley Beckner shares some of the family engagement solutions she is watching.

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Amy Regas
Director

Why We Continue to Support Cadasta Foundation

March 26, 2019

In today’s rapidly advancing world, technology and human ingenuity are improving lives across the globe. However, millions of people are being left behind by lack of access to these innovations and the benefits they create.

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Magdi Amin
Investment Partner

Race to the Top: A New Business Paradigm for Identity Data

March 26, 2019

The decisions we make as investors, and the guidance we provide to our investees, send signals that help shape the future. At #KNOW2019, we are calling on VCs and impact investors to help build a tech sector that is both commercially successful and good for people.

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Subhashish Bhadra
Principal, Beneficial Technology
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Magdi Amin
Investment Partner

Spotting Privacy Breaches Before They Cause Harm: Why We Invested in Terbium Labs.

March 25, 2019

With breaches becoming a daily occurrence, we need tools that keep watch in the places where stolen data is bought and sold, warning customers when their data has been used and traded without their consent.

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Eliza Erikson
Investment Partner
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Erin Simmons
Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Robust Ecosystems Are Key To Equitable EdTech

March 24, 2019

Scaling Access & Impact: Realizing the Power of EdTech evaluates what might be necessary to enable, scale, and sustain Equitable EdTech solutions that reach all learners.

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Eshanthi Ranasinghe
Interim Lead, Exploration and Future Sensing

A Mental Health Pandemic: Is the World Getting More Addicted, Anxious, and Lonely?

March 19, 2019

Technology has negatively impacted mental health, but could it also be essential to making it better?

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New Benchmark Initiative to Explore the Ethical Application of Location Data

The new Geovation Benchmark Initiative will link the geospatial community with businesses, public bodies, researchers, media, and the public to promote a better, wider understanding of the power and influence of location data.

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Omidyar Network Joins in the Launch of an Anti-Monopoly Fund

Omidyar Network invests in a $10 million Anti-Monopoly Fund, led by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, to support academic research, policy advocates, and grassroots groups working on antitrust matters.

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EthicalGEO Winners Show How We Can Use Geospatial Technology For The Good Of All

Forbes highlights the winners of American Geographical Society’s EthicalGEO fellowship focused on how location data and geospatial technology can be used for social justice and to empower people to take control of their data and to improve their communities.

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