Yet, these approaches also raise new risks. How do we govern “the cloud?” Eli Levite and Gaurav Kalwani survey the wide range of policy concerns arising from these developments and highlight ways policymakers can improve governance in a way that both harnesses the benefits of the cloud revolution while moderating its risks. A similar balance is urged by a Center for Global Development team as they lay out trends, challenges, and opportunities of governing data for development.
Laura Guzman and Sophie Dyer dig into 10 questions about ethics, data and open source research, while Amy Lieberman urges more thoughtful participatory data collection and advocates for more direct engagement with women’s civil society groups or grassroots networks in developing methodologies and questions to yield more accurate data. Perhaps read alongside Catherine Adeya’s take on “meaningful connectivity” and advice for young people hungry for a career in IT.
In case you missed it, the recently published book on Situating Open Data provides several empirical accounts of open data practices, the local implementation of global initiatives, and the development of new open data ecosystems.
Follow the Money for Mother Earth
What about data for specific applications and causes? Inês Schjølberg Marques explains how data can aid extractive transparency and support decision-making in the era of energy transition. She should soon have more data to work with from Afghanistan as the country’s temporary suspension from EITI has been lifted.
What of reliable data pertaining to the climate crisis? Check out Boston University’s China’s Global Power Database featuring maps of estimated CO2 emissions, lender, deal type, technology, capacity, and operating status of these China financed power plants projects completed and planned from 2000-2033.
Full Disclosure – People behind TPA: Amira El-Sayed on ensuring equitable participation for all
Principal on global Civic Empowerment grants and investments at Luminate, Amira El-Sayed, talks of her career-long mission to making institutions more accountable at a more systemic level, the challenge of equitable and inclusive participation in the civic space, and the hope of sustainable political reform from social movements across the world.
Returning to the corruption front, another scandal driven political transition – this time in Peru where Congress ousted President Martin Vizcarra over corruption allegations, creating more political uncertainty and heightened risks of violence.
The effects of marginalization are only being deepened by the pandemic, not helped by weakening of the non profit sector. Take the example of the UK, where the Financial Times reports the UK charity sector faces £10bn funding shortfall and 60,000 job losses.
Expect more demands on philanthropy and new questions asked of corporate philanthropy in particular. Paurvi Bhatt, president of Medtronic Foundation, urges corporate philanthropists to step up and reevaluate their values, including alignment to corporate practices. Past due time to address social and health inequities more head-on. Watch this space.
We enjoyed listening to Vu Le and Christine Hayling Libra of the Libra Foundation discussing what’s good and bad about philanthropy and its responses to today’s crises. Christine emphasized that the importance of funders helping to strengthen people’s ability to communicate the power of what they and their organizations are doing.
TAI Spotlight: Upholding our Democracy
Perhaps unsurprisingly, electoral processes have been weighing heavily on our member’s minds this past week…
Ford Foundation partnered with Omidyar Network and W.K. Kellogg Foundation to launch the Carry on the Fight Fund, a collaboration that will support grassroots organizations with the resources to advocate for policy change, hold elected candidates accountable to campaign promises through issue advocacy, and build long-term capacity within communities.