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First POST: Foundations

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, February 12 2015

Foundations

  • Yesterday at NetGain, a conference on the intersection of philanthropy and the Internet held at the Ford Foundation, the biggest and boldest idea I heard came from Brewster Kahle, the founder of the Internet Archive. It's called "Locking the Web Open: A Call for a Distributed Web."

  • Here's a joint op-ed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy from Alberto Imbarguen of the Knight Foundation, Mark Surman of the Mozilla Foundation and Darren Walker of the Ford Foundation, calling on foundations to "jump-start a digital revolution for the common good."

  • Also at NetGain, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio made a strong plea for increased philanthropic investment in projects that bring affordable high-speed internet access to disadvantaged communities.

  • Related: In Gotham Gazette, Kristen Meriwether explains how City Hall's top tech leadership is predominantly female--bucking the national trend. It's five women out of six, and three are people of color.

  • Building on the internal Airbnb NYC data culled and released by Murray Cox, IQuantNY blogger Ben Wellington does some more analysis and finds that yes, high-income neighborhoods tend to have the highest rate of renters illegally renting out their entire homes. But he also finds that 86.6% of Airbnb renters are only listing one apartment. The debate about Airbnb's impact on NYC will continue.

  • The latest round of winners in the Knight Prototype Fund include "Open Pipe Kit," a tool for civic hackers who want to collect data without the help of a programmer, and "Politifact Plug-In," which will allow people to request a fact-check on questionable content and help with the process.

  • ICYMI: Here's the video of mySociety's Tom Steinberg speaking on the do's and don'ts of good civic tech from this past Monday at Civic Hall.

  • Coming up next Thursday Feb 19: tech futurist and three-time PDF speaker Mark Pesce on "Hypercivility."

  • The annual Citizen University national conference is March 20-21 in Seattle. The theme this year is Citizen Power, particularly in the shadow of Ferguson and Staten Island, and the 50th anniversary of so much of the Civil Rights Movement. Speakers include Ai-jen Poo from the National Domestic Worker’s Alliance; Bukky Gbádégesin from the Organization for Black Struggle in Ferguson, MO; Matt Kibbe, from FreedomWorks; Shannon Watts, from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; Alison Holcomb from ACLU; Maurico Lim Miller, from Family Independence Initiative; award winning poet Claudia Rankine; Pulitzer-prize winning writer Robert Schenkkan and many more.Tickets are selling fast: Register today!