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Ben Scott
Director, Policy & Advocacy, Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative

A New Social Contract for Digital Democracy

September 26, 2018

Digital Deceit II is the first major study of the digital disinformation problem that offers a broad policy framework, building upon basic principles to recommend a set of specific proposals. The analysis is built on a framework of three central pillars: transparency, privacy, and competition.

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Education: Why Radical Collaboration is Needed to Support Education Sector Change

September 24, 2018

This week, the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly opened, and global leaders are actively discussing our progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Why We Invested: The Engine Room

September 13, 2018

The critical importance of civil society in pursuing Good ID is now clearer than ever. Our engagement with The Engine Room underscores our commitment to supporting those who advocate on behalf on individuals and communities.

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CV Madhukar
Investment Partner

Launching Good ID Dialogues

September 5, 2018

We recognize more than ever, that it is not enough to simply advocate for more coverage of those who lack official identification. We must emphasize the need for Good ID, and not just any ID.

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Eliza Erikson
Investment Partner
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Amy Klement
Partner

The Promise of Equitable Edtech: Debunking Three Common Edtech Myths

September 4, 2018

As education impact investors in emerging and low-income markets, we see the tremendous potential of what we call “Equitable Edtech” — realizing the promise of technology to be a great equalizer in improving quality education for children in need.

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Helping Americans Navigate a New Work Order; Why We Invested in Steady

August 21, 2018

Why we invested in Steady, an income-building platform helping people to discover flexible work opportunities that match their interests, skills, and availability.

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Eliza Erikson
Investment Partner
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Emily Feenstra
Associate, Investments

Bridging the Gap Between High Quality Content and Technology; Why We Invested in Grupo VI-DA

August 10, 2018
Image credit: Grupo VI-DA

Grupo VI-DA has compiled what we believe to be one of the largest collections of digital, Spanish-language content in the world. Over the past four years, Grupo VI-DA has negotiated licenses with over 600 publishers, for access to over 600,000 titles, including both adult and children’s books, textbooks, and literature.

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Mike Kubzansky
Managing Partner
&
Jessica Kiessel
Senior Manager, Learning & Impact

Lessons Learned from Listening to Our Investees

August 8, 2018

Our work at Omidyar Network is grounded in the belief that people are interdependent, fundamentally good, and inherently capable. We believe that we are at our best when we listen to and learn from the people and organizations we serve.

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Paula Goldman
Vice President and Global Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab
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Raina Kumra
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

Introducing the (World’s First) Ethical Operating System: A toolkit for anticipating future risk and building a better tech ecosystem

August 7, 2018

It’s no longer enough to simply profess an optimistic desire that the tech we build will have a positive effect on the world. We must create a system of design and development that places real value on ethical thinking from the outset, by incorporating future risk analysis and mitigation directly into our workflow.

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Sarah Drinkwater
Director, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

“We shape our technology; then technology shapes us.”

August 1, 2018

Churchill famously said we shape our buildings, then they shape us, but I think the same could be said about the technology we use.

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Announcement

Agenda Edu Receives Investment from Omidyar Network to Scale its Platform

Agenda Edu, a platform that increases engagement in school settings, announced today that Omidyar Network has invested in the Brazilian startup to help them further scale, including platform improvements, and growth of its user base and team.

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Three Keys To Unlocking Consumer Trust In Fintech

We are in the midst of a strong economy and record-low unemployment. Yet, the majority of American households are not able to achieve financial health.

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Announcement

Survey: App-Based Drivers in NYC Struggling Financially, Want Benefits

An opinion survey released today by IDG Benefits Fund, with support from Omidyar Network, shows the majority of app-based drivers in New York City struggle to pay their bills and say any unexpected expense could lead to financial catastrophe—and as such, support placing surcharges on app-based rides to help pay for a benefits package for drivers.

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