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A Message from Kim Meredith

Dear Friends and Colleagues, I hope you are safe and well. This global pandemic is unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes. Associated health and economic crises have shed further light on the incredible depth of need in our communities, calling each of us to do what we can to contribute to our collective societal good.   It is with...

Stanford and MIT Launch Joint Initiative to Support Healthy Elections

Stanford and MIT launched the “Stanford-MIT Project on a Healthy Election,” a joint initiative to address the unprecedented and ongoing threat that the COVID-19 pandemic poses to the 2020 Election. The project will be co-led by Nathaniel Persily, the James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford, Co-Director of the Program on Democracy and the Internet at Stanford PACS and...

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Update from Stanford PACS Regarding COVID-19

Dear Friends and Colleagues, I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well as we grapple with the spread of COVID-19 worldwide. This week a “shelter in place” mandate was put into effect in six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area, followed by a statewide directive, to combat the worst pandemic most of us have faced in...

New Report Charts Path Forward for Digital Civil Society

Civil society organizations need targeted support and learning platforms to enable them to advocate effectively on the digital policy issues that shape modern societies. So finds a new report from Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab, released today. The report offers a roadmap that meets organizations where they are and proposes ways to help them develop their capacity and build coalitions....

Digital Civil Society Lab announces 2020 cohort of Non-Resident Fellows

The Digital Civil Society Lab (DCSL) and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) are pleased to announce a new joint cohort of Non-Resident Fellows. The cohort includes, for CCSRE: Elizabeth Adams, Renata Avila, Samir Doshi, and Hong Qu. For DCSL: Beatrice Martini, Mutale Nkonde, Julie Owono, Tawana Petty, Zara Rahman, and ‘Gbenga Sesan. Topics covered by...

Stanford PACS Advisory Board member Kathy Kwan awarded “Outstanding Philanthropist” for 2019 at the Silicon Valley National Philanthropy Day

Since 2005, Kathy Kwan has granted more than $43million through the Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation. Of this, 85% of the funding was directed towards Bay Area organizations and programs in education, job training, and safety net sectors. Kathy believes that skill-building, career planning, and leadership development improves employment opportunities. She is interested in building capacity in both the non-profit and philanthropic...

“Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2020” is now available!

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2020 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 important breakthroughs in the coming year.  ...

Stanford PACS Faculty Co-Director Robb Willer co-authors an op-ed for the New York Times

In a recent NYTimes article, Robb Willer and Jan Voelkel explain why progressive candidates’ policies must be consistent with widely held values like family, security, and the American Dream in order to build support beyond their base in #Election2020.

Digital Impact: Reflections from Berlin

Sometimes, as our colleagues from Tactical Tech Collective reminded us in Berlin, you need to practice the art of seeing sideways. Look directly at something long enough and it loses meaning. But look at the empty space around it, squint at adjacencies, or, in my case, hear new voices asking new versions of shared questions, and new insights will emerge....

Digital Impact: Reflections from Brussels

The European leg of the Digital Impact event series kicked off in Brussels on 13 June. Not surprisingly to those who follow EU policy, the emerging European digital policy landscape permeated the day’s discussions. We were fortunate to have participants and speakers from digital rights groups and corporate policy offices to share insights on the many ways that European policies...