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In regions throughout the US, foundations and philanthropic groups convene panels, conduct webinars and interviews, create press releases, and develop various multi-media products to showcase the impact of philanthropic investment in Black communities. In this section, ABFE has compiled a growing list of these products to document the evolution of Black male initiatives in philanthropy and to highlight data of particular interest to members and colleagues throughout its networks.
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Responsible AI Adoption Framework in Philanthropy: An Initial Framework for Grantmakers

December 6, 2023

As society grapples with the increasing prevalence of AI tools, this framework addresses the need for grantmakers to adopt AI in alignment with their core values. It emphasizes the responsibility of philanthropic organizations to ensure that the usage of AI enables human flourishing, minimizes risk, and maximizes benefit. Beyond AI adoption, the framework also calls for foundations to play a crucial role in advancing the responsible use of AI for nonprofit enablement.

At the confluence of digital rights and climate & environmental justice: A Landscape Review

July 12, 2022

This research report, based on research conducted by The Engine Room from October 2021 to April 2022, is part of a larger body of work around the intersection of digital rights with environmental and climate justice, supported by the Ford Foundation, Ariadne and Mozilla Foundation. This research project aims at better equipping digital rights funders to craft grantmaking strategies that maximise impact on these issues.This report was published alongside several publications, including issue briefs by Association for Progressive Communications (APC), BSR, and the Open Environmental Data Project and Open Climate. All publications can be found at https://engn.it/climatejusticedigitalrights

At the interstice of digital rights and environmental justice: Four issue briefs to inform funding

July 12, 2022

These issue briefs written by Association for Progressive Communications (APC), are part of a larger body of work around the intersection of digital rights with environmental and climate justice, supported by the Ford Foundation, Ariadne and Mozilla Foundation. This research project aims at better equipping digital rights funders to craft grantmaking strategies that maximise impact on these issues.The briefs cover the following areas: Mapping the gaps between digital rights and environmental justice actors in the global SouthEnvironmental and digital rights: Exploring the potential for interplay and mutual reinforcement for better governanceExtractivism, mining and technology in the global South: Towards a common agenda for actionAddressing the impact of disinformation on environmental movements through collaborationThese issue briefs by APC were published alongside several publications, including a research report mapping the landscape at this intersection by The Engine Room, and issue briefs by BSR and the Open Environmental Data and Open Climate.All publications can be found at https://engn.it/climatejusticedigitalrights

Digital Rights Brief: Environmental justice, climate justice, and the space of digital rights

July 12, 2022

This issue brief is part of a larger body of work around the intersection of digital rights with environmental and climate justice, supported by the Ford Foundation, Ariadne and Mozilla Foundation. This research project aims at better equipping digital rights funders to craft grantmaking strategies that maximise impact on these issues.This brief was published alongside several publications, including a research report mapping the landscape at this intersection by The Engine Room, and issue briefs by Association for Progressive Communications (APC), BSR, and the Open Environmental Data Project and Open Climate.All publications can be found at https://engn.it/climatejusticedigitalrights

Climate Justice & the Knowledge Commons: Opportunities for the digital rights space

July 12, 2022

This issue brief is part of a larger body of work around the intersection of digital rights with environmental and climate justice, supported by the Ford Foundation, Ariadne and Mozilla Foundation. This research project aims at better equipping digital rights funders to craft grantmaking strategies that maximise impact on these issues.This brief was published alongside several publications, including a research report mapping the landscape at this intersection by The Engine Room, and issue briefs by Association for Progressive Communications (APC), BSR, and the Open Environmental Data Project and Open Climate.All publications can be found at https://engn.it/climatejusticedigitalrights

#Giving Tuesday: What We Know Now

December 9, 2019

This report seeks to investigate existing research about crowdfunding for nonprofit organizations using the lens of #GivingTuesday as a way to focus on the questions, concerns, and potential for this relatively new tool for giving to nonprofit organizations. Crowdfunding is broadly defined as "the raising of capital from a large and diverse pool of donors via online platforms" (Davies, 2014). While many forms of crowdfunding exist, including funding of for-profit projects, businesses, and peer-to-peer giving, this report focuses on crowdfunding for nonprofit organizations exclusively.

Counterspeech: A Literature Review

November 20, 2019

Every day, internet users encounter hateful and dangerous speech online, and some of them choose to respond directly in order to refute or undermine it. We call this counterspeech. Only a few studies have attempted to measure the effectiveness of counterspeech directly, and as far as we know, this is the first review of relevant literature.We've collected and reviewed related articles from a range of fields including political science, sociology, countering violent extremism, and computational social science. These articles do not all use the term "counterspeech," but they shed light on various features of successful counterspeech, for example, qualities that make speakers/authors more influential in online interactions or the extent to which pro- and anti-social behavior is contagious on the internet.

Weaving Our Web: The State of Digital Inclusion in Urban America

November 1, 2018

This report examines how and why American Indians and Alaska Natives from 12 major cities across the country access the internet.

The Leaky Tech Pipeline: A Comprehensive Framework for Understanding and Addressing the Lack of Diversity Across the Tech Ecosystem

February 28, 2018

This report introduces the Leaky Tech Pipeline Framework, explores data on underrepresentation and barriers to diversity, and provides a roadmap for comprehensive interventions and solutions to increase racial and gender diversity across the tech ecosystem. 

Public Scrutiny of Automated Decisions: Early Lessons and Emerging Methods

February 27, 2018

Automated decisions are increasingly part of everyday life, but how can the public scrutinize, understand, and govern them? To begin to explore this, Omidyar Network has, in partnership with Upturn, published Public Scrutiny of Automated Decisions: Early Lessons and Emerging Methods.The report is based on an extensive review of computer and social science literature, a broad array of real-world attempts to study automated systems, and dozens of conversations with global digital rights advocates, regulators, technologists, and industry representatives. It maps out the landscape of public scrutiny of automated decision-making, both in terms of what civil society was or was not doing in this nascent sector and what laws and regulations were or were not in place to help regulate it.Our aim in exploring this is three-fold:1) We hope it will help civil society actors consider how much they have to gain in empowering the public to effectively scrutinize, understand, and help govern automated decisions; 2) We think it can start laying a policy framework for this governance, adding to the growing literature on the social and economic impact of such decisions; and3) We're optimistic that the report's findings and analysis will inform other funders' decisions in this important and growing field.

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