Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Democracy Fund

Data for Black Lives

Data for Black Lives (D4BL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of using data and technology to make concrete change in the lives of Black people. With a national network of over 4,000 scientists and activists, D4BL supports racial justice organizations with challenging discriminatory use of data and algorithms across systems.

Why We Invested

Data for Black Lives (D4BL) works with grassroots organizations around the country to support advocacy and research efforts that challenge discriminatory social media policies. Their Policy Working Group program uses the collective expertise of researchers, activists, policy experts, journalists, and directly-impacted people on the front lines of algorithmic discrimination to advocate for a bold, pro-active policy agenda, while providing a series of resource toolkits that will offer alternative pathways to governance, culture, and ethics.

Currently, D4BL is planning a convening that will result in a project plan to produce the tools for big tech to give Black researchers, data scientists, and Black communities access to their data. This will allow engagement in the design of a model framework for building one of the first public data trusts in the nation.

Total Commitment

2020: $175,000 over 2 years