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Beyond Encryption: Our Vision for Trustworthy Messaging in a Viral World

January 11, 2022

Private messaging platforms like Messenger, Signal, Telegram, WeChat, and WhatsApp are seminal technologies. By assuring private communication on a global scale, these innovations expand and protect democracy as well as our human rights. They have fundamentally reshaped human connection.Omidyar Network believes in the promise of this type of technological innovation. We also believe tools with this depth of political, economic, social, and cultural influence must be held to the highest standards of trustworthiness and safety.For the past three years, we have invested in individuals and organizations that are working to make private messaging platforms more trustworthy (and as a result, safer). We have seen firsthand the pivotal role of private messaging platforms in empowering diverse ideas and social movements. And we have witnessed the inequality, injustice, and trauma that result from risky design choices which preference the technology's scale, virality, and monetization over its users' well-being. To preserve the best qualities of these innovations, all stakeholders must engage in renovating the product designs, policies, and incentives that introduce and increase risk.

America's Giving Challenge 2009: Assessment & Reflection Report

July 15, 2010

Based on a survey of participants and "conversational case studies," outlines lessons learned about social media outreach and giving contests, such as winners' common attributes, fundraisers' online media adoption, and best practices in vetting contests.

America's Giving Challenge: Assessment and Reflection Report

June 22, 2009

Provides an overview of Case's 2007-08 online Giving Challenge and its impact on grassroots fundraising. Outlines the types of participating causes, charities, and donors; characteristics of successful efforts; lessons learned; and recommendations.