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Data Philanthropy: Unlocking the Power of Private Data for Public Good

Autores/Participantes : Brice McKeever, Deondre’ Jones, Graham MacDonald, Peter Tatian, Solomon Greene

The increasing integration of technology into everyday business practices means that private companies are actively and passively accruing data at a growing rate, creating new opportunities to leverage this wealth of information for the public good. Businesses of all sizes are exploring the frontiers of “data philanthropy” by responsibly sharing their data with researchers, nonprofits, the government, and the public. New approaches to data philanthropy are emerging as data providers experiment with innovative platforms and partnerships. This report discusses some of these approaches, addresses the benefits and challenges associated with data philanthropy, and provides context for exploring new pathways in this emerging field.

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