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Event Highlights: How Technology Can Inspire Citizen Engagement

December 17, 2014

The second edition of Tech for Citizen Engagement was held in New Delhi in December to spark ideas on how to leverage the power of technology in engaging with citizens for better public service delivery.

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An Uncertain Future: A Close-up of the Financial Lives of Working Americans

December 11, 2014

I recently visited the FDR memorial in Washington D.C. and had the opportunity to view some of the great president’s remarks etched on the marble walls of the monument.

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Andrew Clarke
Principal, Policy

Grant to The One Campaign Follows the Money

November 25, 2014

Omidyar Network is pleased to announce a three-year grant of up to $3m to The ONE Campaign to build the policy, advocacy and campaigning infrastructure for a global campaign on transparency and accountability.

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Martin Tisné
Investment Partner

New Tool in Fighting Corruption: Open Data

November 17, 2014

Yesterday in Brisbane, the G20 threw its weight behind open data by featuring it prominently in the G20 Anti-Corruption working action plan.

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Growing pains for Openness?

November 16, 2014

Through our work at Omidyar Network we see, on a daily basis, the growing tensions between competing ideals and philosophies.

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Tim Kelsey
National Director, Patients & Information NHS England

Health Data, Transparency, and Trust

November 3, 2014

Transparency may be the most important public policy of our generation: Opening up data about government services is a proven antidote to corruption, a stimulant to digital innovation and economic growth and to more inclusive political debate, but it is more than that – it also has the capacity t

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Omidyar Network

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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Announcement

Potential to Unlock Over US $50 Billion in Online Commerce

Bain & Company, Google, and Omidyar Network announce a new report exploring the potential to unlock over US $50 billion in online commerce in India by driving awareness, usage, and transactions among the current and next set of internet users and shoppers.

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Steady Raises $9 Million in Series A Round; Shaquille O’Neal Joins the Company

Steady, an income-building platform for the Build-Your-Own (BYO) workforce, announced today that it has raised $9 million in Series A financing round from leading FinTech investors, including Omidyar Network.

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Article

Silicon Valley Writes a Playbook to Help Avert Ethical Disasters

Wired recently featured Ethical OS, a tool kit developed by the Tech and Society Solutions Lab to help makers of tech, product managers, engineers, and others get out in front of problems before they happen.

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