Technology and legal empowerment around the world

Tom Walker

We partnered with the Open Society Justice Initiative to research how legal empowerment actors worldwide are using technology to give people information about the law, connect them with legal advice, and provide them with legal services.

Can beneficial ownership transparency really be compatible with data protection?

Tom Walker

This blog post was co-written by Zosia Sztykowski, Project Lead, OpenOwnership and Tom Walker, Research Manager, The Engine Room. It originally appeared on the Open Government Partnership stories blog. In recent years, we’ve seen significant progress on clamping down on the abuse of anonymous company ownership through beneficial ownership transparency, both from international bodies like […]

How small data can improve access to justice for the poor

Tom Walker
Matthew Burnett

Learnings from our report on the use and impact of technology in case management in Indonesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, and South Africa, informed by interviews with a range of civil society organizations, technologists, and government representatives.

Announcing our new guide to investigative web research

Tom Walker

We’ve just finished working with a partner to create an introductory guide to investigative web research. As part of our aim to encourage shared, open documentation about the use of technology in social change, we’re publishing it so that other people can use it too. The guide is designed for researchers, activists and journalists who […]

Announcing our new research on humanitarian futures for messaging apps

Tom Walker

Messaging apps are the fastest growing form of digital communication ever, with smartphone ownership rising rapidly around the world and messaging becoming many people’s favourite way to communicate. But what does this mean for humanitarian organisations? Our new research report, produced in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the messaging […]

Using Data on Rainforests to Influence Investors: Our New Quick-Start Guide

Tom Walker

How can social change organisations influence companies to do the right thing for the environment? One way is to influence the people and organisations who invest in them. For example, Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) has successfully made the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), adopt tropical deforestation as a priority issue in reducing […]

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