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Archived Since:May 26, 2011

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Ranking Digital Rights

The Ranking Digital Rights initiative is important. Take a look.Like the Electronic Frontier Foundation's "Who has your back report" these efforts analyze, report on, and rank the privacy-respecting practices of corporations and online companies. Show More Summary

Raw Data - the podcast

Podcasts are in again. I know you know that. Photo: I was recently asked by the good folks at Worldview Stanford, who have included me in some of their amazing campus programming, to do an interview for their new podcast. Show More Summary

Alternative interpretations

As if maintaining this blog weren't enough, I've jumped on the Medium bandwagon. You can find my stories here, the Lab's posts here, and a publication called The Development Set here.Here's a piece I wrote about how the discussions about...Show More Summary

The digital rights agenda for civil society

As always, talking with smart people makes me smarter. Last week at lunch Henry Timms asked, "What is it, Lucy? What is the digital rights agenda for civil society?" Since it's Henry, I knew I needed a sharp, pithy answer (preferably tweetable)."Three things matter most, Henry. Show More Summary

Nonprofits, data, and privacy

How would you react if you had to include your social security number alongside your name and address on charitable donations you made so that the nonprofit could then report that information as part of its public filings?Let me'd say no way. Show More Summary

Yes! More Philanthropy Forecasting

InsidePhilanthropy has just published its 2016 philanthropy forecast. Check it outEver since 2010 when I first published the Blueprint I've been hoping others would set their minds to discussing trends and near-term futures. So gladShow More Summary

Digital Civil Society requires Analog Civil Society Action

This video from the Open Society Foundations sums up the promise and peril of digital data, infrastructure, and governance to civil society. It is no coincidence that threats to civil society are increasing as we become more digitally...Show More Summary

What is it about the nonprofit structure?

You’ve probably heard about OpenAI?—?a new, billion dollar nonprofit to focus on artificial intelligence research that is good for humanity. In their own words: “OpenAI is a non-profit artificial intelligence research company. Our goal...Show More Summary

Philanthropy Buzzwords 2016 (and back to 2007)

Blueprint 2016: Philanthropy and the Social Economy is now available. You can get your FREE copy via Grantcraft here.This year's Blueprint has a worksheet focused on some of the big themes designed for nonprofits and foundations to use as part of organizational development or strategic planning processes - you can access that here. Show More Summary

$45 billion ought to get your attention

That's the current value of the funds Mr. Zuckerberg and Dr. Chan have announced they will dedicate to social purposes. In doing so they are sending a clear signal that they recognize the choices available to them (and, indeed, all of us) and have chosen to use them to pursue their interests. Show More Summary

Democracy in digital times

I'm honored to have had my first ever newspaper article published in Portuguese in the Brazilian paper Gazeta do Povo. It was published as part of the first ever Semana da Democracia - Democracy Week.The link above will take you to the article, there's a photo below, and if your Portuguese is as bad as mine, the English original is below. Show More Summary

Money, Data, and Democracy

I'm proud to have submitted this commentary on a new tool from The Foundation Center - a map of democracy funding. The following post was written for PhilanTopic and originally appeared on PhilanTopic here. They're running a series of posts on democracy as we head into Election Day in November. Show More Summary

Ethical, safe, and effective digital data use in civil society

The Digital Civil Society Lab held workshop on ethical, safe and effective digital data use in civil society. A synthesis of the meeting and two DRAFT tools we developed are online here.We welcome your feedback

Provocations on American Foundations and Policy

American foundations sometimes fund advocacy or policy analysis or community organizing as part of their strategies for particular types of social change.But who advocates on behalf of foundations about philanthropic policy? And what...Show More Summary

An index we really need

We've been measuring philanthropic giving for decades. There are several directories and annual tallies of American charitable giving.For about the last decade, the impact investing movement has been trying to establish definitions, baselines, and annual measurements. Show More Summary

Digital Philanthropy

There’s a new research journal?—?RIO- that is an experiment in opening up science. As the description says "All outputs of the research cycle, including: project proposals, data, methods, workflows, software, project reports and research articles together on a single collaborative platform. Show More Summary

The blockchain and civil society

(Photo; BTC Keychain) A lot of the excitement about the blockchain - the distributed ledger technology that undergirds currencies such as bitcoin - has to do with the potential of distributed authority and record keeping. Super enthusiasts...Show More Summary

A memorial to free speech

This stopped me in my tracks this morning. Apropos my comments about park benches on the Internet, let us hope we don't yet need to memorialize free speech. (Valencia Street, San Francisco, August 17, 2015.)In case you can't read the plaque, here's a closeup of the text: And another view.

Park benches on the internet

Park benches are really important. They are places where you can grab a seat by yourself and read without anyone else knowing what you're reading. Or sit with a friend and chat and not be overheard. Or step out at midday with a work colleague to complain about your boss or plan your startup, without being listened to. Show More Summary

When what was new becomes old

Alliance Magazine published my article, From the Edge to the Middle, a few months ago and has now made it available for free to everyone.Enjoy.

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