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Thea Anderson
Director, Beneficial Technology
&
Franklyn Odhiambo

Levering Technology for Justice: Why We Invested in Lawyers Hub

December 12, 2019

Thea Anderson and Franklyn Odhiambo share why we invested in Nairobi-based Lawyers Hub, the first innovation hub in Africa for technology startups run by lawyers.

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Subhashish Bhadra
Principal, Beneficial Technology

Doing Business with Privacy at the Core

October 15, 2019

Subhashish Bhadra sat down with the new CEO of Terbium Labs, Pat Clawson, to learn more about this portfolio company’s expanding role in the digital risk protection landscape.

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Subhashish Bhadra
Principal, Beneficial Technology

A Privacy-Conscious Population: Why We Funded the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics and Ashoka's Centre for Social and Behaviour Change

October 7, 2019

Over the past few years, privacy has exploded as a public policy concern — in regulatory chambers, in courts, on our televisions, and on the Internet.

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Thea Anderson
Director, Beneficial Technology
&
Subhashish Bhadra
Principal, Beneficial Technology

Open Questions on Good ID: When should Digital ID be Avoided?

October 3, 2019

In this new series, we will tackle open questions, one at a time, to share our perspective and invite others to offer theirs — all with the goal of adding more clarity on Good ID and finding the ideas that will move Good ID into practice.

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Abiah Weaver
Director, Beneficial Technology

Open Questions on Good ID: What is Bad ID?

October 2, 2019

Good ID unlocks opportunities fairly, enabling all of us to engage in society on our own terms and safeguard our identities against misuse. In the second post in this series, we wanted to take the opportunity to start a conversation on bad ID.

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Thea Anderson
Director, Beneficial Technology

Increasing the Transparency and Accountability of ID Systems Through Continuous Public Engagement: Why We Invested in IDEO.org Nairobi

September 4, 2019

Learn why we’ve chosen to invest in IDEO.org Nairobi to help answer the question – what does good public engagement look like in the design, management, and governance of an ID system?

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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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Thea Anderson
Director, Beneficial Technology
&
Franklyn Odhiambo
Analyst, Digital Identity
&
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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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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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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We don’t need another WeWork

It's time for more alternatives to venture capital cash, argues Omidyar Network's Sarah Drinkwater — and for more startups focused on making positive contributions to the world.

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Coalition of Foundations and Family Offices Launch the Tipping Point Fund to Scale the Impact Investing Field

Blue Haven Initiative, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and Omidyar Network will anchor the $12.5 million pool of philanthropic capital

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy: What Does Good ID Look Like?

CV Madhukar spoke with The Chronicle of Philanthropy for a podcast interview on the need for privacy-enhancing technology, the Good ID movement, and the data economy’s opportunities and challenges.

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