Statement from Brian Hooks, President, Charles Koch Foundation

“We’re proud to join the Hewlett Foundation, Knight Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Democracy Fund, Omidyar Network, Arnold Foundation, and Facebook in supporting independent scholarship that addresses the urgent and profound questions regarding technology’s role in civic discourse, the open exchange of ideas, and other hallmarks of a liberal democracy, here and around the world. These questions, like others addressing some of the most pressing issues of our day, will benefit from open inquiry and academic exploration.”

Read the project announcement here.

 

Background

This builds on our body of work in this area and grants we have supported with many of the partners we join today. The Charles Koch Foundation supports students, scholars, and organizations across the country to enhance an understanding of the design, structure, rights, and obligations of digital forums to enable an open exchange of ideas and social progress.

Related work includes commitments to the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and its scholars’ work to explore the legal implications of rapid advances in technology. We also join with the Newseum Institute and the Center for Democracy & Technology in exploring issues around free speech online today, as well as supporting hundreds of scholars around the country. To learn more, visit our request for proposals.

04-26-2021 09:05am

The Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University uses data to help immigrants succeed

GeoMatch asks migrants about themselves — their skills, education, and hopes — and helps them find communities where they can flourish.

Read more

04-21-2021 08:24am

mikeroweWORKS Foundation helps Americans find meaningful work

An annual scholarship program rewards people who show work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude.

Read more

03-25-2021 01:32pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation expands effort to reduce barriers between educators and employers

An expansion of the Talent Pipeline Management project will match individuals with dynamic careers and help learners build new skills.

Read more