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News from Luminate

In celebration of International Women’s Day this week, Luminate's Africa team highlighted the women leaders in their portfolio who are building and leading organisations that make our societies more just and fair.  Their work has enabled people to better participate in the decisions that affect their lives, and to bravely hold governments accountable.

Webinar: Deplatforming Trump - Implications for Latin America
In the days following the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, social media platforms suspended President Trump’s accounts. This "deplatforming" was an unprecedented step against an incitement of violence. This webinar, hosted with Inter-American Dialogue and moderated by Gabriela Hadid, delved into the implications for online speech and whether social media companies should consider similar steps for political leaders in Latin America.
International Fund for Public Interest Media: The next steps forward

After over two years of consultation and development, the International Fund for Public Interest Media recently achieved two key milestones in its evolution. Nishant Lalwani and BBC Media Action’s James Deane announced the appointment of Sheetal Vyas, as the founding Executive Director, and the news that Craig Newmark Philanthropies has joined The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Luminate in providing the fund with its initial operating capital. 

Luminate's wellness stipend programme for partners
Laura Bacon reflected on what inspired our wellness stipend initiative and how she's structured the programme to support our partners' efforts to be resilient and healthy workplaces. The programme allows partners to take small but important steps toward support, healing, and resilience.  
Strengthening audit for the benefit of stakeholders, the environment, and society
Andrew Clarke outlined our work around audit reform in a new blog. We hope to support a clearer understanding globally of why audit matters, more resolute action by regulators to increase audit quality, and a stronger role for civil society in determining the social and economic purpose of financial audits. 
The Markup: Data-driven journalism holding big tech to account
The Markup team pursues deeply data-driven investigations that serve the public, demonstrating how technology impacts our daily lives and particularly our privacy. Nkirote Koome shared more about our recent support of the non-profit newsroom.
Coda and Outriders: independent media in Central & Eastern Europe
Olena Boytsun and Maari Ross wrote about our recent funding to Coda and Outriders, whose innovative business models can strengthen the independent media ecosystem in Central & Eastern Europe and contribute to expanding press freedom in the region.
Why financial transparency matters in Africa
Transparency and Accountability Initiative recently interviewed Stan Getui for their TPA Full Disclosure Series, where they talk with people working in transparency, civic participation, and accountability. Watch their conversation to hear Stan’s perspective on anti-corruption drive fatigue in Africa and how our partners are moving the needle. 
Podcast: Inside the drive to create a 'global fund' for public interest media
Public interest media matter now more than ever, not only as a critical partner in tackling the global pandemic but as a fundamental pillar of democracy, good governance, and sustainable development. Nishant Lalwani joined this week's Global Dispatches podcast to speak about a potential solution: the International Fund for Public Interest Media.
News from our partners

Many of these inspiring organisations are hiring. Check out open positions with our partners here.

Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition documented at least 155 internet shutdowns in 29 countries in 2020. Their new report details last year’s shutdowns and its devastating impacts.

In an article for the University of Illinois Law Review, the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law’s Laura Moy proposed new taxonomy that parses the ways in which police technology may aggravate inequity as five distinct problems. 

In response to the ongoing coup in Myanmar, EngageMedia, in partnership with MIDO and other CSOs, has created a centralized database of digital security resources in Burmese - these toolkits and guides provide key information and strategies to activists, journalists, and others to more safely operate as they continue their important work in the midst of internet disruption and crackdown.

In its latest report, Full Fact made 10 recommendations to help improve the government's collection, use, and communication of information in the UK. 

Fundación Vía Libres Beatriz Busaniche talked with El Diario about data exploitation during the pandemic.

Following almost a decade of litigation of a case challenging the criminalisation of LGBT people in Jamaica, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights found the country in violation of international law. This case, brought by Human Dignity Trust, is a historic moment in the decades-long struggle for LGBT equality and marks a real turning point in the battle for decriminalisation in the Caribbean. 

InternetLab’s Francisco Brito Cruz joined Folha de S.Paulo’s podcast to talk about free speech and social media. The organisation also recently released a report on the regulation of the use of personal data in electoral campaigns in Latin America. 

Privacy International’s new guide shows how the UK’s borders, immigrations, and citizenship system tracks and spies on people, and which companies profit. 

Ranking Digital Rights published the 2020 Corporate Accountability Index, which evaluates the world’s most powerful digital platforms and telecommunications companies on their disclosed policies and practices affecting people’s rights to freedom of expression and privacy. Watch their webinar launching this year’s index here.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Foxglove, and openDemocracy were involved in a lawsuit against the UK government over the role of Palantir in the country’s National Health Service. The Guardian also profiled Foxglove co-founder Cori Crider and her role taking on tech giants. 

The Guardian highlighted the critical role that Temblores is playing in fighting the structural and systematic abuses in Colombia's police force.

Where you can find us
Mozilla Festival (8-19 March)
Join Martin Tisné at MozFest this Friday for the official launch of The Data Futures Lab, which connects and funds people around the world who are building product and service prototypes using collective data governance models. Luminate was proud to co-found the Lab with Mozilla.
FTWeekend Digital Festival (18-20 March)
Martin Tisné will also be speaking on the “Big data: is privacy dead?” panel at the FTWeekend Digital Festival on 19 March.
The Good Web Festival (19 March)
The International Fund for Public Interest Media’s Executive Director Sheetal Vyas will present on the fund at The Good Web Festival.
Join our team
Associate, Partner Support | Nairobi
Contribute to the growth and execution of Luminate’s Partner Support programme, which provides above-and-beyond assistance to organisations after they’ve received our primary grant or investment

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