Support the IDH
We all know technology is tearing our lives, communities, and country apart. It’s scaring the hell out of all of us. And the time to fix it is running out.
But we can still win. And whoever you are – regardless of your politics, faith, or identity – the Institute for Digital Humanity is the best investment you can make to:
Protect our privacy and secure our data before it is used against us.
Fight against the biased, illegal, and unethical algorithms that are ruining lives.
Defend reality by combating disinformation that is destroying the country.
Mediate disputes between protecting free speech and regulating hate speech
Training students as digital ethics consultants, researchers, and educators.
Providing solutions -- for teachers, lawyers, governments, companies, and programmers -- that are non-partisan and teachable to anyone.
Extending olive branches to all groups to start conversations between organizations that are supposed to “hate” or "cancel" each other. IDH partners include liberals, conservatives, Christians, Muslims, Jewish-Americans, evangelicals, the Anti-Defamation League, the ACLU, the Little Earth Native American community, elected officials from both sides, and attorneys, educators, artists, and advocates of all faiths, races, genders, and abilities.
The IDH’s story – of citizens putting their differences aside to work together –
is the story America desperately needs to hear right now.
IDH FUNDRAISING GOALS:
Ironically, the IDH actually worked too well. And now we need your help to scale up. We have quickly outgrown our initial small ambitions and now are leaving serious money and opportunities -- in education, technology reform, consulting, publishing, class action lawsuits, and legislation -- on the table. We need to fix this. Fast.
In the first quarter of 2023, our priority is securing financial partners and investors in the education, legal, and tech sectors.
We have the leadership team to grow: 30 years of experience in technology mergers and acquisitions; 20+ years in legal practice (including a stint as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Nebraska), and 20+ years in educational entrepreneurship (including a Fortune 500 partnership).
The IDH has a game plan. Speed is essential. But your support ultimately determines how quickly we can level up and how we do it:
Goal #1: $15,000
Allows the IDH to hire and expand its student staff, continue servicing its existing clients, upgrade the website, and pursue national media exposure.
Goal #2: $25,000
Allows the IDH to finish one more civic initiative (on privacy) and, for quick cash and publicity, begin pitching its video series/podcast (IDH TV), and complete its multi-media memoir/textbook project. (Literary agents are already interested.)
Goal #3: $50,000
Allows the IDH to hire a dedicated Associate Director for 6 months, grow its education network, execute an existing new civic education project (an after-school program on disinformation), launch an international art exhibition, and begin legal consulting and legislative initiatives.
And, in case we have any serious investors or donors looking, here is our ultimate goal to be self-sustaining by the end of 2023. (So we can seize opportunities.)
$500,000: The IDH Dreams Big. This Is Achievable.
Allows the IDH to hire an Executive Director (full-time), Associate Director (full-time), attorney (part-time), Legislative Director (part-time), and dedicated contracted personnel in marketing, curricular design, and video production.
At full staffing, the IDH would have the capacity to say "yes" to the opportunities we are already being presented (and that are available to any tech ethics org): Building educational programs for companies or universities; partnering with a major city interested in becoming the "national standard" for community-based technology ethics; growing, organizing and leading our national coalition of advocates and experts; and working with attorneys and law firms on high-impact civil litigation.
Hitting our $50k goal, fast, allows us to hire the teams to give us the best chance to hit the $500k in time in 2023.
FINALLY CONVINCED? PLEASE SUPPORT THE IDH TODAY.
(Otherwise, we'll try one last thing.)
To make a long story short:
Since 2019, the Institute for Digital Humanity – a student-run, bipartisan, digital ethics think-tank located in downtown Minneapolis – has been building new educational and civic coalitions across the digital divide.
In less than 3 years, the IDH has become a recognized local, national, and international thought leader among tech startups, educators, advocacy groups, lawyers, and governments. And our approach to digital ethics – with a focus on partnerships with diverse ideologies and on student advocacy – makes us a unique asset as we start to rebuild post-digital America.
The students at the IDH dream big and don't quit: COVID, the summer of Floyd, and their coach getting benched; nothing stops them. And the fight -- for a just, equitable, just, and sane post-digital world -- isn't over. No matter who you are, the IDH is the team you want in the national conversation on how to fix privacy, algorithms, misinformation, hate speech and free speech.
So please, donate to the IDH today.
(See all of our victories, partners, publications, and media appearances here.)