Volunteers and staff from campaign group Avaaz have uncovered and taken down a network of fake online news reaching an estimating 35 million people ahead of the European Parliamentary elections. Following a Europe-wide investigation, the group warned that far-right news disseminators could weaponise social media at scale to hijack the EU elections using false or purposely misleading information. Working from Brussels, Avaaz’s team of 30 uncovered a ‘massive web’ of over 700 Facebook pages, showing how these propaganda networks operate, coordinate, use fake accounts, and mislead people. Some of this included white nationalist content target migrants, Holocaust denial, and divisive content covering a range ofRead More →

The 9th annual AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards finalists have been announced. Excitement has been building towards the annual showcase for people who use technology to improve the world for others. The awards, organised by digital inclusion charity AbilityNet, invites people from across businesses, charities, individuals or any public body in the UK. The high-profile awards are sponsored by BT and underscores the quality of charities, businesses and volunteers in the nation that use technology to help others. Award judges include Charity Digital News Contributing Editor Chloe Green, alongside a panel of tech and charity experts. The finalists will all get an opportunity to raise further fundsRead More →

Over 30% of charities who aren’t leveraging the cloud cite ‘no perceived benefit’ as their main reason (according to our recent Charity Digital Spectrum report). Yet if you ask those who are utilising cloud software already, they’ll tell you that increased mobility, easy collaboration and disaster recovery are just a few of the benefits. Charity Digital News will be teaming up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Thursday 27th June for a free lunchtime webinar exploring some of these key positives of the cloud and how charities can harness these on a budget. The webinar will raise common cloud storage use cases for charities asRead More →

Launched yesterday, the third annual release of the Charity Digital Skills Report warns that charities are still behind the curve when it comes to digitisation, with the pace of digital adoption actually declining according to some measures. While 87% of charities said that the Brexit was not holding them back, some levels of progression are at their lowest since the report first launched in 2017. Over 50% of charities do not have a digital strategy, an increase on last year’s figure of 45%, while a lack of digital skills continues to a big challenge, second only to funding. The lack of digital skills means thatRead More →

[Update] We previously said that the NCVO carried out research into the many digital assessment and benchmarking tools out there. The piece has been corrected to reflect the fact that the research was carried out by CAST and led by Nissa Ramsey of ThinkSocialTech and Helen Lang of Innovation Unboxed, who will be speaking about the findings at the next NetSquared event for charities in London on the 18th June.   Last month voluntary sector membership and advice body NCVO released an updated version of its Digital Maturity Matrix – a benchmarking tool that lets charities assess their capabilities and set goals in different areasRead More →