Day One Project Receives $350K Grant from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to Advance Efforts on Technology Policy Issues


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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Day One Project announces the receipt of a $350K grant from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to advance its work on technology policy and opportunities to harness “technology for good.”

"The generous support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies allows us to expand on our work democratizing the policy process, giving diverse perspectives and fresh thinking a voice in important technology policy conversations at a critical juncture,” Daniel Correa, Director of the Day One Project said.

“Serious support for science and technology policy will help rebuild America and restore American prosperity and security. The Day One Project helps make that real,” Craig Newmark said.


The Day One Project has made significant progress over the course of the last year in developing a portfolio of innovative science and technology (S&T) policy ideas premised around working backwards from the needs of actual policymakers. The Project has:


● Released 100+ actionable and specific proposals on pressing issues in technology and science policy that the incoming Administration can embrace;

● Convened 500+ experts and former policymakers for workshops to surface agency-specific priorities and implementation insights;

●Through widespread dissemination, issue education, and engagement with relevant stakeholders, generated initial adoption of several Day One Project proposals.


In the coming year, with support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the Day One Project will build on this extensive foundation to expand its work on technology policy issues, leveraging existing infrastructure and expertise. Through policy workshops and additional convenings in 2021, the Project will focus resources on driving policy development related to key technology priorities including disinformation, cybersecurity, privacy, and competition issues.


"I'm thrilled that Craig Newmark Philanthropies is partnering with the Day One Project to generously support the organization's important work in technology policy as the new presidential administration establishes its economic agenda. Mr. Newmark and his organization have had tremendous impact in driving the discussion on crucial issues at the juncture of technology, the economy and national security, including the disinformation problem, the spread of online hate, and the burgeoning concern over algorithmic bias. I'm eager to see the Day One Project advance the conversation on technology policy in the coming months," Dipayan Ghosh, Co-Director of the Digital Platforms & Democracy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School said.


“Over the course of the past year the Day One Project has put together a portfolio of more than 100 diverse and innovative proposals across science and technology policy. In the months ahead, with the support of Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the Project has a tremendous opportunity to think in new and innovative ways about the future of technology policy and I’m eager to see the work the Project produces,” Jason Matheny, founding director of the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University said.


The Project will also expand the scope of its work and offer guidance to the incoming administration on how to leverage “technology for good” on priority issues. For example, the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted weaknesses in global supply chains including with respect to medical supplies and food. More than 50 million Americans have been subject to food insecurity as a result of this pandemic. Fresh thinking and technology-driven approaches can and should be leveraged by the government to tackle this urgent priority. Similar efforts will focus on policy development and guidance related to the Biden-Harris Administration’s core priorities of COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity, and climate change.

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