Omidyar Network 2022: A Year In Review

2022 was a year of resilience, hope, growth, and learning, for us at Omidyar Network, and in the world more broadly.

We peeked our head out from under the Covid covers as the pandemic eased and reminded ourselves of the value of human connection. We experienced great triumphs, from the first Black woman appointed to the Supreme Court to an historic surge in worker organizing. 

Eight people joined our staff and we released two Points of View: Trustworthy Messaging Platforms and our Vision to Advance a Responsible Technology Future. 

For all these positive advances, there has been real cause for concern as the world continues to confront significant issues. We bore witness to a major war returning to Europe, with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Iranian government is continuing its crackdown on legitimate protest. Tension is rising between the US and China. Climate change continues to threaten our future. And inflation has taken a toll on our wallets.

But for all these successes and setbacks, we remain optimistic about the future. We chart our path forward, course correct as needed, and stay steadfast to our mission. As the year closes, we reflect on the year that was and look forward to 2023, together.


Number of Covid cases exceeded 300 million worldwide; number of vaccinations administered worldwide exceeds 10 billion

Microsoft announced its intent to purchase Activision Blizzard, the largest acquisition of a tech company in company history

Omidyar Network partner Accountable Tech hosted a roundtable with youth activists and Sen. Blumenthal on social media’s harms .


Beijing hosted Winter Olympics

Russia launched full-scale invasion of Ukraine

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the second part of its Sixth Assessment Report, concluding many impacts are on the verge of becoming irreversible.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the second part of its Sixth Assessment Report, concluding many impacts are on the verge of becoming irreversible. 

White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment recommended agencies develop job quality metrics to assess the effectiveness of programs aimed at advancing job quality. 

Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson nominated to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice in the 230 year history of the Supreme Court.

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US House passed CROWN Act that would ban race-based hair discrimination.

Amazon warehouse workers voted to form a union in Staten Island, becoming Amazon’s first unionized workplace.

The Datasphere Initiative launched with a mission to responsibly unlock the value of data for all, establishing a UK/EU platform for dialogue, forum for intelligence, and lab for innovation in a fairer data economy.

Omidyar Network partner, Massachusetts Is Not for Sale, succeeded in its efforts to defeat a ballot initiative spearheaded by gig companies like Uber, Doordash, and Lyft that would have excluded hundreds of thousands of people working in the gig economy from basic rights and protections of employment.

Supreme Court ruled on Dobbs vs Jackson, effectively overturning Roe vs Wade

  • Omidyar Network partner GenZ for Change launched the S.A.F.E.R initiative to extend and fund abortion access as well as spam anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers and anti-abortion tiplines
RightsCon added a special program track dedicated to preserving encryption and trustworthiness on private messaging platforms.
The work of several Omidyar Network partners cited in a segment on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight about technology company monopolies.
Congress’ January 6th Committee held its first hearing investigating the deadly insurrection at the Capitol.
First images of the James Webb Space Telescope shared with public.
Othering & Belonging Institute launched #OurSolidarity, a campaign to reduce polarization and welcome all people into the circle of human concern.
Omidyar Network partner, Atlantic Council, launched the Open-Source Policy Network.
Omidyar Network partner, Fight for the Future, launched a campaign to stop the EARN IT Act, a US policy proposal that threatens encryption.
In response to the overturning of Roe vs Wade, Omidyar Network partner, Pop Culture Collaborative, launch their Reproductive Justice Narrative cohort, deploying $300,000 to partners.
CHIPS Act signed into law.
Inflation Reduction Act signed into law.
Omidyar Network partner, Just Futures Law, files a lawsuit against data broker LexisNexis Risk Solutions for allegedly collecting and combining personal data and selling it to federal immigration authorities.
California Age Appropriate Design Bill signed into law.
California’s FAST Recovery Act signed into law.
President Biden hosted the United We Stand Summit at the White House to counter the destructive effects of hate-fueled violence and put forward a bipartisan vision for a more united America.
Arati Prabhakar confirmed as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Liz Truss appointed Prime Minister of the UK
Omidyar Network partner New Pluralists announce $1 billion initiative to address toxic division and build a culture of belonging in America.
Queen Elizabeth II died; Charles III crowned King of England

Italy elected most right-wing government since 1945

Omidyar Network partner,, launches a bipartisan citizens’ initiative to address hate-fueled violence in America.
Hurricane Ian caused catastrophic damage to the US and Cuba
Rep. Andy Levin’s staff became the first congressional office to unionize
Omidyar Network partner, Roosevelt Institute, launched podcast series “How to Save a Country” in partnership with The New Republic and PRX
The Webby Awards added four Responsible Technology categories to their prestigious awards program
Omidyar Network moderated the official session on digital public infrastructure at the 77th United Nations General Assembly
The Co-Develop Fund receives more than $180 million in donor pledges toward its five-year, $500 million goal for digital public infrastructure projects
Liz Truss resigned after a 45 day tenure; Rishi Sunak became Prime Minister of the UK, the first British Asian to hold office
Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Ben Bernanke, Douglas Diamond and Philip Dybvig for “hav'[ing] significantly improved our understanding of the role of banks in the economy
Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter was final
TikTok, Boom, a documentary covering the social, economic, technological and political implications of social media, debuts in New York and on PBS
Omidyar Network announces support for the first of its kind Journal of Online Trust and Safety
Omidyar Network partner Encode Justice engaged in the Federal Trade Commission-hosted event protecting kids from stealth advertising in digital media
Omidyar Network partner, Raise Up Massachusetts, successfully passed a ballot measure instituting a “millionaire’s tax”; revenues from the progressive state income tax will go toward transportation and education projects
Omidyar Network partner, Aspen Digital, announced the launch of the Global Cybersecurity Group
Omidyar Network partner, Pop Culture Collaborative, are included in MacKenzie Scott’s gift announcement, and release a new report on the importance of narrative infrastructure
With Omidyar Network’s support, VICE World News and Motherboard launch a new reporting series on Web3, Token Economies
Omidyar Network and Dalberg Design released user-driven research and recommendations that reveal what builds and erodes trustworthiness on private messaging platforms
Four digital luminaries supported by Omidyar Network collaborated to launch and fund The Center on Race and Digital Justice at UCLA
World Cup kicked off in Qatar amid human rights violations against migrant workers and discrimination against women and LGBTQIA+

Britney Griner released from Russian prison.

Argentina wins the World Cup

January 6 committee holds its last hearing and releases final report

As we go into 2023, we look to the new year with hope. Instead of making a resolution that 80% of us are bound to give up by mid-February, we have been inspired by the idea of choosing one word to guide us. 

Our word: Curiosity.  

We are going into 2023 with wonder, seeking new ideas and perspectives, learning from our successes and our failures, and adapting to meet the challenges we know that are ahead. We hope you will join us.