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Priscilla Chan to discuss Chan Zuckerberg Initiative at Disrupt SF

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is one of the biggest philanthropic organizations in the world, and the most technology-forward foundations in history. By integrating technology, CZI believes it can affect social change at a much more rapid pace than by simply infusing initiatives with cash. With that said, we’re absolutely thrilled to have Priscilla Chan join us […]

Can SaaS principles transform political campaigns as we know them?

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In life, they say you get what you pay for. That is no less true in politics, which is fueled by campaign donations and lobbying dollars that move policy on every important issue under the sun. The disclosed expenditures of the DC lobbying industry are more than $3 billion per year, while just the presidential […]

Alexa users can now donate to charity with their voice

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Just in time to be too late for your 2017 taxes, Amazon’s added a new skill for Alexa that lets users donate with their voice. The command is pretty much as you’d expect — say, “Alexa, donate $20 to the American Cancer Society” and the smart assistant will pull that money from your associated account. […]

Cisco commits $50 million to end homelessness in Silicon Valley

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Homelessness in Santa Clara County has gotten worse, with the overall homeless population increasing 13 percent to 7,394 in 2017 over the course of two years. That puts Santa Clara’s homelessness crisis in the same ballpark as San Francisco’s, which has a homeless population of 7,499, according to a 2017 homeless census and survey. Santa […]

Are corporations that use Wikipedia giving back?

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YouTube’s plan to combat conspiracy videos with information sourced from Wikipedia got push back from a number of different quarters — including, surprisingly, Wikimedia itself. Seems Google didn’t mention the plan to the foundation before unveiling it at SXSW earlier this month. Whoops. Wikimedia executive director Katherine Maher responded with an even-keeled statement reiterating that, […]

Facebook’s plan to build community with hiring and $10M in grants

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Facebook will award up to $1 million to five community leaders and $50,000 to 100 more to fund their ideas for how to strengthen people’s online and offline connections. Facebook will also hire double the number of engineers currently working on safety-related causes in its London office. These were a few of the big announcements […]

Jeff Bezos donates $33 million to fund college scholarships for Dreamers

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are donating $33 million in the form of a scholarship grant to help 1,000 undocumented immigrant high school graduates with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status attend college. The Bezos grant comes through TheDream.US, a scholarship fund for Dreamers. The organization, which is less than four years […]

Girls Who Code gets a Disney Imagineering boost

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The room is a raw warehouse space that is partitioned off with curtains, hiding the bulk of it from view. I’m at the back of a group of girls who is nervously dropping its phones into a plastic box for safekeeping, to be returned on exit. The reason for the curtains, and the no phone […]

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