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Developers

A guide to open source for the social sector

January 23, 2024
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Cynthia Lo

@csmlo

Policy

New data and visualizations highlight the resilience of international developer collaboration

January 18, 2024
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Mike Linksvayer

@mlinksva

Skilling

Empowering Uruguay’s future workforce with AI

January 11, 2024
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Karen Bella

@karenbella

Skilling

Update on the All In CHAOSS DEI Badging Initiative

November 22, 2023
Sarah Oyetubo
Elizabeth Barron

Sarah Oyetubo, Elizabeth Barron

Developers

For Good First Issue: Introducing a new way to contribute

November 21, 2023
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Sidney Espinosa

@sidespinosa

Developers

Celebrating the GitHub Awards 2023 recipients

November 9, 2023
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Lee Reilly

@leereilly

Accessibility

Leveraging AI to empower all developers at GitHub Universe 2023

November 2, 2023
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Ed Summers

@edsummersnc

Skilling

Diversity, inclusion, and belonging at GitHub in 2023

November 1, 2023
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Marie Carasco

@MCarasco

Policy

Introducing the GitHub transparency center

October 31, 2023
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Margaret Tucker

@margaret-tucker

Skilling

Ensuring the next generation of open source leaders are truly all in

October 12, 2023
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Sarah Oyetubo

@soyetubo

Skilling

Skilling African developers through All In Africa

October 9, 2023
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Sarah Oyetubo

@soyetubo

Policy

Announcing the GitHub Innovation Graph

September 21, 2023
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Mike Linksvayer

@mlinksva

Skilling

Apply now for GitHub Universe 2023 micro-mentoring

September 13, 2023
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Camaley Jennings

@camaleyjennings1

Developers

GitHub will be at Rails World! Register for our workshop.

September 1, 2023
Cynthia Lo
Sean Marcia

Cynthia Lo, Sean Marcia

Strategy

AI-powered impact: GitHub Social Impact’s year ahead

August 23, 2023
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Sidney Espinosa

@sidespinosa

Policy

How to get AI regulation right for open source

July 26, 2023
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Peter Cihon

@pcihon

Policy

No cyber resilience without open source sustainability

July 12, 2023
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Mike Linksvayer

@mlinksva

Policy

Developers need the right to challenge junk patents

June 19, 2023
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Mike Linksvayer

@mlinksva

Skilling

Announcing the All In CHAOSS DEI Badging pilot initiative

June 7, 2023
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Demetris Cheatham

@demetris11

Developers

Skills-Based Volunteering case study - How GitHub Actions help Ersilia to open source endemic disease research in low-and-middle-income countries

June 6, 2023
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Cynthia Lo

@csmlo

Accessibility

GitHub celebrates developers with disabilities on Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 18, 2023
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Ed Summers

@edsummersnc

Skilling

All In for Students 2023 cohort: our biggest group of open source leaders yet!

May 4, 2023
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Demetris Cheatham

@demetris11

Developers

Moving The MERL Center to its New Home

April 27, 2023
Sidney Espinosa
Bonnie Wolfe

Sidney Espinosa, Bonnie Wolfe

Policy

GitHub joins industry commitment to curb cyber mercenaries

April 18, 2023
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Mike Linksvayer

@mlinksva

Developers

Skills-Based Volunteering case study - Open Source in the Social Sector for the United Nations Workshop

April 3, 2023
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Cynthia Lo

@csmlo

Developers

Commission on the Status of Women, 2023 GitHub event recaps

March 24, 2023
Mala Kumar
Cynthia Lo

Mala Kumar, Cynthia Lo

Policy

Partnering with EU policymakers to ensure the Cyber Resilience Act works for developers

March 17, 2023
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Mike Linksvayer

@mlinksva

Skilling

GitHub celebrates the ingenuity of developers with disabilities in new video series

March 14, 2023
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Ed Summers

@edsummersnc

Developers

Apply now to our Open Source Community Manager Program to support DPGs!

March 13, 2023
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Mala Kumar

@malakumar85

Policy

Don’t leave developers behind in the Section 230 debate

March 10, 2023
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Shelley McKinley

@shellsmck

Policy

Measuring government policy on open source with a new dataset

February 23, 2023
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Mike Linksvayer

@mlinksva

Developers

Social Impact, Tech for Social Good at CSW 2023

February 21, 2023
Mala Kumar
Cynthia Lo

Mala Kumar, Cynthia Lo

Policy

2022 Transparency Report

February 15, 2023
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Kevin Xu

@khxu

Skilling

Announcing the launch of the All In for Maintainers DEI Resource Hub

February 1, 2023
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Sarah Oyetubo

@soyetubo

Skilling

Skilling for the future: How GitHub is advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within open source communities

January 31, 2023
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Demetris Cheatham

@demetris11

Policy

Unpacking the value of open source and code collaboration

January 20, 2023
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Mike Linksvayer

@mlinksva

Developers

How Tech for Social Good supported the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2022

January 9, 2023
Mala Kumar
Cynthia Lo

Mala Kumar, Cynthia Lo

Employees

GitHub Gives 2022: Creating positive, lasting contributions in our communities

December 21, 2022
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Toya East

@toyae

Developers

Tech for Social Good 2022 Recap

December 20, 2022
Mala Kumar
Cynthia Lo
Sean Marcia
Bonnie Wolfe

Mala Kumar, Cynthia Lo, Sean Marcia, Bonnie Wolfe

Employees

Social Impact at GitHub Universe 2022

December 5, 2022
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Camaley Jennings

@camaleyjennings1

Employees

Skills-Based Volunteering case study - Digital Development Compass with the United Nations Development Programme

November 30, 2022
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Cynthia Lo

@csmlo

Policy

The changing nature of governmental policies around open source

November 9, 2022
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Mike Linksvayer

@mlinksva

Policy

Advocating for developers to the US Copyright Office

November 3, 2022
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Margaret Tucker

@margaret-tucker

Skilling

All In for Students: expanding the next generation of open source leaders

November 1, 2022
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Demetris Cheatham

@demetris11

Developers

Now available! Spanish and Arabic versions of our OSS report.

October 21, 2022
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Mala Kumar

@malakumar85

Developers

GitHub at the 77th United Nations General Assembly

October 18, 2022
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Mala Kumar

@malakumar85

Developers

Volunteer on digital public goods for Hacktoberfest 2022!

October 1, 2022
Mala Kumar
Cynthia Lo
Sean Marcia
Admas Kanyagia

Mala Kumar, Cynthia Lo, Sean Marcia, Admas Kanyagia

Employees

Apply now for GitHub Universe 2022 micro-mentoring

September 21, 2022
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Toya East

@toyae

Developers

Read our new research report on Open Source Software in India, Kenya, Egypt and Mexico

September 8, 2022
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Mala Kumar

@malakumar85

Developers

Social Impact, Tech for Social Good at UNGA77

August 31, 2022
Mala Kumar
Cynthia Lo

Mala Kumar, Cynthia Lo

Developers

Skills-Based Volunteering case study - Security rapid risk assessments with the Norwegian Refugee Council

June 14, 2022
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Cynthia Lo

@csmlo

Employees

Employee Community Engagement through Volunteer Month 2022

June 8, 2022
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Toya East

@toyae

Skilling

GitHub All In: Our first student cohort and what’s next

June 2, 2022
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Demetris Cheatham

@demetris11

Tech for Social Good

External: Tech industry is uniquely placed to make the world a better place

May 21, 2022
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Mala Kumar

@malakumar85

Developers

External: Exclusion begets Exclusion!

April 28, 2022
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Mala Kumar

@malakumar85

Environmental Sustainability

Skills-Based Volunteering case study - Accessibility and technical documentation with Greenpeace

April 26, 2022
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Cynthia Lo

@csmlo

Developers

Tech for Social Good is hiring two contractors

April 4, 2022
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Mala Kumar

@malakumar85

Developers

The second MERL Center stipend application is now open

March 21, 2022
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Mala Kumar

@malakumar85

Humanitarian Response

The World Health Organization is launching its Open Source Programme Office

March 14, 2022
Mala Kumar
Bassem Dghaidi
Dusan Milovanovìc

Mala Kumar, Bassem Dghaidi, Dusan Milovanovìc

Developers

GitHub Social Impact at MozFest 2022

March 1, 2022
Mala Kumar
Cynthia Lo
Camaley Jennings

Mala Kumar, Cynthia Lo, Camaley Jennings

Developers

Participate in our new research project on standardized GitHub metrics

February 15, 2022
Mala Kumar
Cynthia Lo
Peter Cihon
Tarunima Prabhakar

Mala Kumar, Cynthia Lo, Peter Cihon, Tarunima Prabhakar

Developers

How Tech for Social Good supported the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2021

January 24, 2022
Mala Kumar
Cynthia Lo
Camaley Jennings

Mala Kumar, Cynthia Lo, Camaley Jennings

Developers

Tech for Social Good, 2021 Recap

December 13, 2021
Mala Kumar
Cynthia Lo
Camaley Jennings

Mala Kumar, Cynthia Lo, Camaley Jennings

Employees

Employee Champions inspire colleagues to give back

December 9, 2021
Camaley Jennings
Toya East

Camaley Jennings, Toya East

Employees

Volunteering with Brazil’s Social Opportunity Institute

November 18, 2021
Camaley Jennings
Pedro Lacerda

Camaley Jennings, Pedro Lacerda

Employees

Guide to initiating a Skills-Based Volunteering Program

October 26, 2021
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Cynthia Lo

@csmlo

Developers

Social Impact at GitHub Universe 2021

October 15, 2021
Mala Kumar
Toya East
Cynthia Lo
Camaley Jennings

Mala Kumar, Toya East, Cynthia Lo, Camaley Jennings

Employees

Apply now for GitHub Universe 2021 micro-mentoring

October 12, 2021
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Toya East

@toyae

Employees

Skills-Based Volunteering case study - Data visualization with Mobile Pathways

October 4, 2021
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Cynthia Lo

@csmlo

Developers

Dive into Skills-Based Volunteering’s Pilot Project with DHIS2

September 21, 2021
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Cynthia Lo

@csmlo

Developers

The MERL Center website is now live!

September 8, 2021
Mala Kumar
Stephanie Coker

Mala Kumar, Stephanie Coker

Developers

The Epidemiologist R Handbook, a new open source public health resource

August 16, 2021
Neale Batra
Mala Kumar

Neale Batra, Mala Kumar

Employees

Removing Barriers with Code Tenderloin

August 9, 2021
Toya East
Camaley Jennings

Toya East, Camaley Jennings

Policy

Standing up for developers: the GitHub Developer Rights Fellowship at Stanford Law School

July 27, 2021
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Mike Linksvayer

@mlinksva

Developers

Participate in our research project on OSS in the social sector in low- and middle-income countries

June 21, 2021
Mala Kumar
Gina Assaf

Mala Kumar, Gina Assaf

Strategy

GitHub Social Impact: How We're Driving Change with Social Sector Organizations

June 1, 2021
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Admas Kanyagia

@admaskan

Developers

What are digital public goods and the DPGA?

May 31, 2021
Lucy Harris
Mala Kumar

Lucy Harris, Mala Kumar

Developers

How Tech for Social Good Supported the SDGs in 2020

May 31, 2021
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Mala Kumar

@malakumar85

Developers

Skills-Based Volunteering Program Design

May 24, 2021
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Cynthia Lo

@csmlo

Developers

The Collaboration Power of the MERL Center

May 21, 2021
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Mala Kumar

@malakumar85

Developers

External: Virtual Panel - How Open-Source is Helping to Change the World

May 20, 2021
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Mala Kumar

@malakumar85

Employees

Engaging employees through GitHub Gives 2020

May 10, 2021
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Toya East

@toyae

Developers

The Social Sector is Contributing to the Broader OSS Ecosystem

May 1, 2021
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Mala Kumar

@malakumar85

Media

Videos, podcasts, and other external Social Impact team appearances.

Sustainable Open Source Development

Video

Sustainable Open Source Development

FOSDEM 2024

AI x Climate: Our Make or Break Moment

Video

AI x Climate: Our Make or Break Moment

NationSwell

Demo Day Impact

Video

Demo Day Impact

Social Impact World

Digital Public Goods and the Challenges with Discoverability

Video

Digital Public Goods and the Challenges with Discoverability

Internet Governance Forum

Connecting Open Code with Policymakers to Development

Video

Connecting Open Code with Policymakers to Development

Internet Governance Forum

Harnessing Collective Knowledge: Open Source Strategies for an Inclusive Tech Industry

Podcast

Harnessing Collective Knowledge: Open Source Strategies for an Inclusive Tech Industry

The Great Retention Podcast

Open Sourcing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Video

Open Sourcing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

GitHub Maintainers Month 2023

GitHub & the Inter-American Development Bank: Open sourcing where to build schools in Brazil

Video

GitHub & the Inter-American Development Bank: Open sourcing where to build schools in Brazil

GitHub Brazil 2023

How GitHub and Ersilia open sourced endemic disease research in low-and-middle-income countries

Video

How GitHub and Ersilia open sourced endemic disease research in low-and-middle-income countries

MozFest 2023

2023 Cohort Graduation

Video

2023 Cohort Graduation

All In for Students

Centering Women's Equity in Digital Technology

Video

Centering Women's Equity in Digital Technology

67th Commission on the Status of Women Parallel Event

Social Sector GitHub Guidance

Video

Social Sector GitHub Guidance

GitHub Social Impact

OSPOs in the UN System - a Spotlight on WHO

Video

OSPOs in the UN System - a Spotlight on WHO

GitHub and WHO, UNGA77 side-event

GitHub & UNDP: Accelerating National Digital Transformation with the Digital Development Compass

Video

GitHub & UNDP: Accelerating National Digital Transformation with the Digital Development Compass

GitHub and UNDP, UNGA77 side-event

Championing Open-Source in International Public Health: WHO and GitHub

Video

Championing Open-Source in International Public Health: WHO and GitHub

Linux Foundation Public Health

Keynote: How to Combat Global Systems of Oppression in the Tech Industry

Video

Keynote: How to Combat Global Systems of Oppression in the Tech Industry

DrupalCon Portland 2022

OSS in India, Kenya, Egypt, and Mexico

Video

OSS in India, Kenya, Egypt, and Mexico

MozFest 2022

How GitHub is Working Towards Making the World a Better Place

Podcast

How GitHub is Working Towards Making the World a Better Place

The Business of Vulnerability

Impact Evaluation: Centering Equity in Data Design

Video

Impact Evaluation: Centering Equity in Data Design

Corporate Impact Leaders Forum 2021: Lead with Equity

Building tech in the Humanitarian Sector

Video

Building tech in the Humanitarian Sector

GitHub Universe 2021

OSS Research in India, Kenya, Egypt, and Mexico

Video

OSS Research in India, Kenya, Egypt, and Mexico

GitHub Universe 2021

Technology as a Tool for Social Good

Video

Technology as a Tool for Social Good

Agri-D Convention 2021

Preparing for the next generation of developer communities

Video

Preparing for the next generation of developer communities

2021 Microsoft Research Summit

From Open Software to Open Culture - Opportunities and challenges of open source to support the United Nation mandate

Video

From Open Software to Open Culture - Opportunities and challenges of open source to support the United Nation mandate

United Nations General Assembly 2021

How has covid-19 advanced stakeholder capitalism?

Video

How has covid-19 advanced stakeholder capitalism?

Technical.ly

The Case for OSPOs in Government and Academia

Video

The Case for OSPOs in Government and Academia

OpenForum Europe

How the WHO uses technology for early detection, verification and risk assessment of pandemics

Video

How the WHO uses technology for early detection, verification and risk assessment of pandemics

GitHub Universe 2020

Open Source for Good: COVID-19 Responses

Video

Open Source for Good: COVID-19 Responses

GitHub Satellite 2020

Opportunities and Barriers in Open Source in the Social Sector

Podcast

Opportunities and Barriers in Open Source in the Social Sector

ICT4D Podcast

Why Open Source is More Important Than Ever

Video

Why Open Source is More Important Than Ever

Accelerate Good Global 2019

Social Sector and Open Source

Video

Social Sector and Open Source

GitHub Universe 2019

Open Source for Good: The People and Projects Driving Change

Video

Open Source for Good: The People and Projects Driving Change

GitHub Universe 2018

Research & Reports

Comprehensive research, key findings, and supporting documentation.

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Mexico

September 2022

Open source software in India, Kenya, Egypt, and Mexico

In each of the four countries we explored how OSS is used and produced across sectors: private, government/public, and social.

pdf

April 2020

Open source software in the Social Sector

Examining Barriers, successes, and opportunities of open source software in the social sector.

Read the report
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Research report

Open Source Software in the Social Sector

Examining Barriers, Successes, and Opportunities

Download report

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