Civic Hacking in Rural America

Civic Hacking in Rural America

When the idea of civic hacking was first emerging in the U.S., Rachel Hatch was at the forefront of the movement, both due to her personal beliefs and position at IFTF. Rachel is a Research Director for Institute for the Future, a Silicon Valley think tank. IFTF...
Stopping Human Traffickers with Memex

Stopping Human Traffickers with Memex

In 1945, an article by Vannevar Bush was published in The Atlantic Monthly detailing a hypothetical device which would store and automatically cross-reference a user’s books, personal records, and other types of written information. The author was working as...
Social Impact Bonds: What You Need to Know

Social Impact Bonds: What You Need to Know

In 2017, Zachary Levey, working with partners in government and the Inter-American Development Bank, launched the first Social Impact Bond (SIB) in a developing country market. Zach is a Senior Associate at the Multilateral Investment Fund, and knows the power of...
Data Analysis 101

Data Analysis 101

Have you ever set out to organize your garage, only to take one look at the enormity of the task and back slowly into the house? That’s how data analysis can feel. Not to mention the fact that it’s one task to compile the data, and a whole new task to...
Linked Open Data for an Open World

Linked Open Data for an Open World

“Linked data realizes the vision of evolving the Web into a global data commons, allowing applications to operate on top of an unbounded set of data sources, via standardized access mechanisms. I expect that Linked Data will enable a significant evolutionary step in...
Measuring the Entire U.S. Criminal Justice System

Measuring the Entire U.S. Criminal Justice System

“They can’t change what they can’t see.” The United States is comprised of 3,000 individual counties, each with its own criminal justice system. Yet, there are no metrics or data tracking the performance of these systems within any county, leaving everyone — from...