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Data For Good

Data for Good is a technology enhanced social movement that aims to bring the power of data and data science to solving social problems. Volunnteers with data science and related skills work with nonprofits that are addressing today's most serious issues. This is an exciting new area of social change practice. There are interesting commonalities with civic technology, citizen science and data activism.

Websites

Bloomberg Data4gd  https://www.bloomberg.com/company/d4gx/

Center for Civic Media MIT https://civic.mit.edu/

Data for Black Lives  http://d4bl.org/

Data For Good  https://dataforgood.ca/

Data Kind https://www.datakind.org/

The Data Culture Group https://dataculturegroup.org/

Engagement Lab at Emerson College  https://elab.emerson.edu/

NYU GovLab  http://www.thegovlab.org/

Radical AI Podcast  https://www.radicalai.org/

SAS Data for Good  https://www.sas.com/en_us/data-for-good.html

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