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Designed to Earn Your Trust | Why We Invested: The Correspondent

Trust is in decline. Less than half the population surveyed “trusted the news” in the 36 countries covered by the Reuters Institute Digital News Report, with 38% of Americans actually “avoiding” it.

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Yasemin Saltuk Lamy
Senior Manager, Intellectual Capital

Why We Invested: Learning Machine

May 7, 2018

One promising model for self-sovereign digital identity is Learning Machine, a new investment of Omidyar Network’s Digital Identity initiative. Learning Machine enables individuals to own their credentials digitally, and share them for verification themselves—thus reducing the dependency on the issuing authority and enhancing privacy.

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Nilesh Agarwal
Associate, Investments

Making Healthcare Affordable in India: Why We Invested in AffordPlan

May 3, 2018

Why we invested in AffordPlan, a FinTech platform designed to help low- and middle-income Indian consumers manage planned healthcare expenses.

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Wendy Trott
Analyst, Investments

Using Mobile Action to Power Change | Why We Invested: amandla.mobi

Amandla! Awethu!  This popular South African rallying cry was a powerful symbolic act against oppression during the fight against the apartheid regime - a demand that the people govern themselves.  Meaning “Power!

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Robynn Steffen
Director, Impact Investing

Why We Invested: The ImPact Next Generation Leadership Council

April 26, 2018

As millions of people joined the March for Our Lives last month, it reminded me that sometimes it takes the next generation to inspire us and lead us forward. With fresh eyes, they see justice so clearly.

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Paula Goldman
Vice President and Global Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

Reflections on TED2018: How the Tech Debate Brings New Opportunities

April 25, 2018

A few weeks ago, I attended TED2018 in Vancouver. I’ve since found myself reflecting on how different this year’s event was from many TEDs of years past.

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How our New Investments Address the Needs of India’s “Next Half Billion”

April 25, 2018

We recently announced six new investments — Doubtnut, Pratilipi, Healofy, Vedantu, Kaleidofin, and Affordplan — all of which align with our goal of supporting entrepreneurs that serve the Next Half Billion.

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Yaw Mante
Associate

Bringing Insurance to Smallhold Farmers: Why We Invested in Pula

April 23, 2018

If you are smallhold farmer in Eastern Africa, you probably have noticed that the air is already turning heavy with rain, which indicates that you should start considering which seeds to purchase for the sowing season.

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Paula Goldman
Vice President and Global Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab
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Mike Kubzansky
Managing Partner

A Partnership for More Responsible Tech: Assessing Facebook’s Role in Elections

April 19, 2018

Last week, Omidyar Network’s Tech and Society Solutions Lab announced a joint partnership with several leading foundations to fund independent academic research into the role that Facebook plays in elections.

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Announcement

Investigative reporting co-operative, The Ferret, has secured a $100,000 grant to support its award-winning work

The two-year grant comes from Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm, and will enable The Ferret to expand its journalistic capacity, increase membership and impact, and strengthen its ability to hold power to account across Scotland, the UK and beyond.

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Announcement

Independent Research Commission Partnering with Facebook and 7 Nonprofit Foundations to Study Role of Social Media in Elections and Democracy Reveals New Name and Announces First Data Set is Available for Academic Research

The independent research commission that was announced in April to use Facebook data to analyze the role of social media on elections and democracy revealed today the organization's name — Social Science One. The new organization also provided details about how it will work, and announced that academics can now apply for access and funding to study the first Facebook data set.

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Article

Moving from Financial Access to Health

In a new World Bank article, Tilman Ehrbeck shares insights on the change in focus from financial access to financial health.

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