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Why We Use Both Investments and Grants in Service of Our Mission

November 3, 2014

Omidyar Network was created with the intention of using new approaches to tackling the world’s most intractable problems. Based on his experience with eBay, Pierre Omidyar knew that the power of markets could generate tremendous positive social change, and he set about structuring Omidyar Network in a way that gave us the flexibility to make for-profit investments as well as traditional grants.

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Tim Davies
Open Data Research Lead at Web Foundation

Getting Strategic About Openness and Privacy

November 2, 2014

Information is powerful. And in a world where the amount of information generated, captured and stored has grown exponentially in recent decades, getting hold of the information you need, when you need it, relies upon having access to the data that describes it.

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Stefaan G. Verhulst
Co-Founder and Chief of Research and Development at The GovLab, New York University
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David Sangokoya
Research Fellow at The GovLab, New York University

OpenUp Corporate Data While Protecting Privacy

October 30, 2014

Consider a few numbers: By the end of 2014, the number of mobile phone subscriptions worldwide is expected to reach 7 billion, nearly equal to the world’s population.

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Hetan Shah
Executive Director, Royal Statistical Society

The Data Trust Deficit

October 28, 2014

The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) has just released a new Data Manifesto which looks at what the next UK Government could do to improve the use of data to improve policymaking, democracy and prosper

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Jeni Tennison
Technical Director, Open Data Institute

How Can Openness Help to Protect Our Privacy?

October 27, 2014

We have a tendency to think of openness as the opposite of privacy, and in particular that opening up data carries the risk of exposing our private information.

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Charles Kenny
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Could Contract Transparency Be Bad?

October 27, 2014

Omidyar Network’s annual conference on transparency, Open Up? 2014, is titled “Boundaries of Openness and Privacy.” We’ll launch the Center for Global Development’s Working Group on Contract Publicat

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Laura Bacon
Principal, Policy

What's In A Name?

October 27, 2014

We at Omidyar Network have long advocated the merits of opening government data. Its potential to strengthen governance, drive economic growth, and build trust is attractive for those of us working to improve the relationships between governments and citizens.

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Martin Tisné
Investment Partner

Testing the boundaries of OGP

September 25, 2014

Are governments most likely to reform before joining an international initiative or once they have joined it?

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Martin Tisné
Investment Partner

“What can OGP do for me?”

September 24, 2014

We know that the Open Government Partnership is a powerful tool to implement national-level change. Brazil enacted its Freedom of Information Law thanks to OGP...

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Matt Bannick
Managing Partner

The Global Innovation Fund: Pilot, Test, Scale

September 23, 2014

September has been a good month for impact investing.  

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Omidyar Network joins the Partnership on AI

Omidyar Network is pleased to announce that we have joined the Partnership on AI.

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Children of the financial crisis spark a shift from bank to payment accounts

Arjuna Costa talked with Payments Source about Omidyar Network’s recent investment in Chime, a company that uses payment accounts to encourage savings and financial health through steep discounts and incentives.

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Beyond aid: Insights from Social Capital Markets on achieving the SDGs

Devex's Catherine Cheney recaps highlights from last week's SOCAP conference in San Francisco and highlights how capital can be deployed in service of the SDGs. 

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