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Global elections are coming. What will they mean?

The Norwegian Nobel Committee, responsible for selecting the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, holds a global election to choose the most deserving candidate. More than 700 million voters from 50 different countries vote in a secure, transparent, mobile, cross-border system. The winner’s image becomes the most recognizable face on the planet, with a mandate

Steve Ballmer’s new project aims to bring back facts to policy debates

In an interview with the New York Time’s Andrew Ross Sorkin, the billionaire former Microsoft CEO said he had been surprised by the findings from his new project: A trove of data to shed light on government spending. “How many people work for government in the United States?” Ballmer asked Sorkin. “Almost 24 million. Would

Media Development Investment Fund makes four loans to support embattled news organizations

Media Development Investment Fund has made four investments in three countries “where access to independent information is under threat.” The loans from its new $6 million loan fund went to two digital, one broadcast, and one print outlet that MDIF didn’t name for security and confidentiality reasons. When MDIF launched the new fund in November, it

There is evidence about the results of social programs — and we need more

“There’s no demonstrable evidence they’re actually helping results,” President Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney said in proposing budget cuts to afterschool programs and Meals on Wheels. In fact, there’s ample evidence of the results of those programs and many others, argue Nonprofit Finance Fund’s Antony Bugg-Levine and Independent Sector’s Dan Cardinali. In Los Angeles, supportive housing

Sonal Shah has a thing (or five) to say to Jared Kushner

Women Rising Sonal Shah, the first head of the Obama administration’s Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, collected some lessons for her sort-of successor. President Trump’s advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has established the Office of American Innovation as a kind of White House think tank to modernize the federal bureaucracy. “We need to

Omidyar Network pledges $100 million to fix global trust deficit

Omidyar Network has pledged $100 million to fix the global trust deficit. “A lack of government responsiveness and a growing distrust in institutions, especially the media, are eroding trust,” said Matt Bannick, managing partner of the philanthropic investment firm of eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar, and his wife, Pam. At the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England, the

Fact-check tech is a thing, as startups tap the value of accurate information

From viral email and fake news to government propaganda, online media has a credibility problem. Which means fact-check tech is taking its place alongside civictech and govtech as an increasingly investable market. LazyTruth, for example, checks chain emails for inaccuracies. Founder Matt Stempeck, who is director of civic technology for Microsoft, says there are opportunities