Funding the Digital Policy Lab

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Strengthening civil society in a digital world

A resilient and digitally literate civil society is vital for shaping the ways technologies develop in society

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Technologies tend to be used to embed and strengthen existing power structures

Working with refugee, asylum seekers and migrant organisations

  • biometric and facial recognition
  • the datafication of borders and of access to essential services
  • the use and reuse of technology created by military and policing companies such as Palantir
  • lack of access to hardware or connectivity needed for independent living; poor data security.

What will the programme provide?

  • It will build digital rights infrastructure, making it more diverse and effective.
  • It will build a deeper understanding of the social impacts of technologies on specific communities, reducing the use of generalised concern for “minoritised groups”, and so also improve the outcomes of advocacy.
  • It will embed understanding of the social impacts of technologies in non-technical charities and VCS organisations, helping them to anticipate and mitigate specific harms, build relevant campaigns, and develop useful prototypes.
  • It will build confidence in digital policy.
  • The effectiveness of the work will be strengthened through building a mutually supportive cohort of digital policy innovators, and meaningfully growing the field of digital rights.

How much money do we need?

How can you help?

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Rachel Coldicutt

Rachel Coldicutt

Exploring careful innovation, community tech and networked care. Day job: @carefultrouble .