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EFC Research Forum Conference Report : Thinking Beyond National Borders - Research and Funding Across Boundaries

March 1, 2019

"Thinking beyond national borders – Research and funding across boundaries" highlights some of the key takeaways from the 2018 EFC Research Forum conference, hosted by the VolkswagenStiftung in Hanover, Germany. The event looked at how philanthropic organisations can overcome such boundaries and what they have to gain in doing so. The conference explored the following questions through workshops, panel discussions and keynote addresses: In what ways is international collaboration in research important? What can we learn from philanthropic organisations that have long experience of international grantmaking? What is the future of science policy in Europe, what institutional tools are needed, and how can science diplomacy help us? This report covers the main themes arising from the conference from the perspectives of researchers, funders and institutions.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Science and Technology

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2022

December 14, 2021

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint is an annual industry forecast about the ways we use private resources for public benefit in the digital age. Each year, the Blueprint provides an overview of the current landscape, points to big ideas that matter, and directs your attention to horizons where you can expect some important breakthroughs in the coming year.

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History; Science and Technology; Technology and Foundations

Digital Surveillance, Civil Society and the Media during the Covid-19 Pandemic

October 22, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, so did many digital technologies promising to improve the public health response. These technologies raised various concerns for civil liberties in the digital age, from infringing on privacy to institutionalizing mass surveillance capacities. This media monitoring projects explores how English-language news organizations worldwide reported on these digital surveillance initiatives over the period of a year. By analyzing news framing, it provides insights into the contours of public debates on digitally driven public health surveillance. The report sheds light on the evolution of coverage over time, its geographic distribution, whose voices were included and excluded from these debates, and the prevalence of mis/dis-information. It also highlights the place of civil society in these narratives; which civil society organizations appeared most often in the media; what roles they played vis-à-vis digital surveillance; and the racial and gender make up of civil society voices appearing in news coverage. It provides a set of recommendations and resources for civil society groups and journalists working on the intersection of civil liberties, public health, and digital technologies.

Health; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Science and Technology

Data Protection, Immigration Enforcement and Fundamental Rights: What the EU's Regulations on Interoperability Mean for People with Irregular Status

November 18, 2019

This report was written by Chris Jones, Researcher at Statewatch, as a background document for a legal seminar organised on 14-15 November 2019 in Brussels by PICUM, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and European Migration Law.It examines the EU's justice and home affairs databases and information systems, the changes that have been introduced by recent legislation seeking to make those systems 'interoperable' and the potential implications of those changes for fundamental rights, in particular in relation to undocumented migrants.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism; Science and Technology

L'Agenda pour un Futur Numérique et Ecologique

March 1, 2019

This report suggests 50 new ways to connect the digital and the ecological transitions. Published in March 2019, it targets innovators, public actors, companies and research organisations and aims to inspire their agendas for innovation, research, R&D and public action.This publication was produced by Fing as part of its Transitions² program, in partnership with ADEME, Iddri, Inria, GreenIT.fr, the Conseil National du Numérique and Explor'ables.

Environment and Sustainable Development; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Science and Technology

Gender Balance Initiatives in Research Funding : Barriers and Possible Measures to Increase the Share of Women within Natural Science and Technology

January 1, 2019

The objective of this research memorandum is to identify and describe what constitutes the significant barriers against achieving a better gender balance at Danish universities, in particular within natural sciences and technology.The memorandum also addresses the question of the possible role of research funding institutions in relation to gender imbalances in academia, and in particular which actions and measures have been put in place in order to prevent women from remaining disproportionately underrepresented.Based on desk research, this research memorandum presents in total six promising practices and short summaries of existing experiences regarding what works in addressing the gender gap in research funding. While the identified gender balancing initiatives and measures stem from numerous national contexts, each of them are characterised by focusing mainly on one specific part of the grant allocation process – whether it be early in the process, where measures such as certification of applicants and/or earmarked funds are a possibility, or while applicants and projects are being assessed, or in the post-award phase, where measures to ensure public accountability for funding schemes and counteracting the motherhood penalty are distinct possibilities. Following the presentation of the promising practices below is a number of clear and concise recommendations on possible actions to be taken.

Gender and Women; Grantmaking and Programme Management; Science and Technology

Automating Society : Taking Stock of Automated Decision-Making in the EU

January 1, 2019

This is the first comprehensive study regarding the state of automated decision-making in Europe. Experts have looked at the situation at the EU level but also in 12 Member States: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK. They assessed not only the political discussions and initiatives in these countries but also present a section "ADM in Action" for all states, listing examples of automated decision-making already in use.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Science and Technology

A People's Guide to AI : Artificial Intelligence

August 1, 2018

Written in 2018 by Mimi Onuoha and Mother Cyborg (Diana Nucera), a People's Guide to AI is a comprehensive beginner's guide to understanding AI and other data-driven tech. The guide uses a popular education approach to explore and explain AI-based technologies so that everyone—from youth to seniors, and from non-techies to experts—has the chance to think critically about the kinds of futures automated technologies can bring.The mission of A People's Guide to AI is to open up conversation around AI by demystifying, situating, and shifting the narrative about what types of use cases AI can have for everyday people.

Education; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Science and Technology

Making Wise Decisions: A Step-by-Step Guide to Selecting the Right Data System

January 31, 2018

Making Wise Decisions is a free toolkit for nonprofits that want to find a data system that meets their needs.Developed by experts in program evaluation and data system development, Making Wise Decisions offers user-friendly, step-by-guidance to organizations that are considering adopting a new data management system. The toolkit includes an interactive self-assessment that nonprofits can use to refine their list of likely data systems, alongside team-based activities to use to navigate the process start to finish. It cuts through the jargon and sales-speak to equip nonprofits with the tools they need to find the right data system.

Science and Technology; Technology and Foundations

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2019

January 1, 2018

This report is an annual industry forecast about the ways private resources are used for public benefit in the digital age. Each year, the Blueprint provides an overview of the current landscape, points to big ideas that matter, and directs the attention to horizons where some important breakthroughs can be expected in the coming year.

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society; Science and Technology; Technology and Foundations

EFC Research Forum Conference Report : Change-makers Enabling High-impact Research

September 1, 2017

"Change-makers – enabling high-impact research" highlights some of the key takeaways from the 2016 Research Forum conference, hosted by the Wellcome Trust in London. These include contributions from Peter Piot, the Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, on learning lessons from epidemics; Ulrike Felt, Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Vienna, on striking a balance between curiosity-driven research and research that has a clear impact on the public; as well as diverse case-studies from other foundations.

Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History; Science and Technology

Evaluating Basic Science Investments: Toward a More Robust Practice

May 31, 2017

Our understanding of the world—even our well-being—is shaped by advances in basic science knowledge. Philanthropic organizations play a crucial role in supporting the research that leads to such advances. For example, they support scientists, build organizations' research capacity and help train new generations of scientists. Philanthropies making such investments in basic or discovery science share a common goal—to catalyze advances in knowledge that improve our lives by enhancing our understanding of ourselves, our world and our universe. They also share a common challenge: establishing that their investments in basic science indeed contribute to advancing knowledge. This brief summarizes learning from early efforts by a working group of philanthropies and other organizations that are tackling this challenge together.

Science and Technology

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