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Tech in the Time of Coronaviris

Tech in the Time of Coronavirus is a series of virtual salons guiding the tech sector to deploy most effectively in the COVID-19 crisis. The series consists of several virtual salons connecting experts from the crisis response, social, and tech sectors around targeted subject areas and is designed to support cross-sector productive action and collaboration.

The series builds on the existing Tech Salon infrastructure, expanding into the online space and allowing for global participation. In each event, lead discussants speak first, level-setting group awareness of the subject matter. These portions are recorded and shared below. The remainder of the salon is an off-the-record discussion among participants in smaller break-out groups.

The series is made possible by engagement with a selection of key partners, including ThoughtWorks, Pivotal Act, Digital Impact Alliance, GitHub, Vodafone Foundation Americas, and Inveneo.

To get notifications or join one of the upcoming salons in the series, please sign up here, or browse the archive of previous salons below.

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  • How Should Funders Support the COVID-19 Digital Response?

    COVID-19, New York | By on June 16, 2020 | Comments Off on How Should Funders Support the COVID-19 Digital Response?

    Our sixth virtual Salon in the “Tech in the Time of Coronavirus” series revolved around the role of funders in the COVID-19 digital response. The pandemic has laid bare the vulnerabilities in our economic models and systems. As we look to the future and strive to build a world that is more resilient, funders have…

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    How to Use Behaviour Change Communications for COVID-19 Digital Response

    COVID-19, London | By on May 29, 2020 | Comments Off on How to Use Behaviour Change Communications for COVID-19 Digital Response

    As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, we are faced with travel bans, project funding restrictions, and the increasing need to operate remotely. A multi-faceted COVID-19 Digital Response, including behaviour change communication on personal and respiratory hygiene, proper handwashing, social distancing, and so on remains a critical need. Trying to get these vital messages out to…

  • Advice on Volunteering and Managing Volunteers During COVID-19 Digital Response

    COVID-19, New York | By on May 29, 2020 | Comments Off on Advice on Volunteering and Managing Volunteers During COVID-19 Digital Response

    Demand for digital-skills based volunteering has surged as skilled workers search for ways to contribute to the response efforts to COVID-19. As a result, nonprofits are faced with an unprecedented opportunity to bring volunteers into their work and use new talent to advance their missions. However, many nonprofits don’t have a standing volunteer program. And…

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  • Data Ethics, Power, and Privacy in COVID-19 Digital Response

    COVID-19, New York | By on May 13, 2020 | Comments Off on Data Ethics, Power, and Privacy in COVID-19 Digital Response

    Data is top of mind during the COVID-19 response. Quality data can help to direct the response and to make decisions, but it’s not the silver bullet that everyone is hoping for. We need to remain aware of the power dynamics represented in how data is collected, treated, protected and interpreted. There needs to be…

  • COVID-19 Challenges for Refugee Settings and Low-Income Countries

    COVID-19, San Francisco | By on April 30, 2020 | Comments Off on COVID-19 Challenges for Refugee Settings and Low-Income Countries

    To date, over 3 million people globally have coronavirus and the world is bracing for it to overwhelm low income countries. As the death toll rises, and health systems in developed countries struggle, health responders and activists around the world are racing to understand how best to prepare and protect refugee settlements. Where water, a…

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    COVID-19 and the Tech Sector: Guidance for Effective Digital Responses

    COVID-19, New York | By on April 23, 2020 | Comments Off on COVID-19 and the Tech Sector: Guidance for Effective Digital Responses

        Since its emergence in late 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has reached almost every corner of the globe. By April 20, 2020, the number of recorded cases worldwide had reached 2.4 million with over 161,000 resulting deaths. As the virus spreads, so do the technological responses. Never before has a global crisis been so digital….