executive chairman Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy, have awarded New Digital Age Grants totaling $1 million to ten nonprofit organizations using technology to address global challenges.
Funded by a private donation from the Schmidts, the grant program supports groups that use technology to fight problems highlighted in the recently released book The New Digital Age, by Schmidt and Google ideas director Jared Cohen. Recipients of the grants include (San Francisco), which works with nonprofit organizations to build tech capacity in the Global South; (Washington, D.C.), a nonprofit research team that has unmasked Somali pirate networks, Russian arms-smuggling rings, and other illicit actors entirely through searches of public records; the Citizen Integration Center (Monterrey, Mexico), which has developed an innovative public safety broadcast and tipline system on social media; the (Rio de Janeiro), a think tank focused on violence prevention and reduction solutions; and (Cambridge, Massachusetts), whose platform enables fieldworkers in remote conflict and disaster zones to gather information without an active Internet connection.
"The recipients chosen for the New Digital Age Grants are doing some very innovative and unique work, and I'm proud to offer them this encouragement," said Schmidt. "Five billion people will encounter the Internet for the first time in the next decade. With this surge in the use of technology around the world — much of which we in the West take for granted — I felt it was important to encourage organizations that are using it to solve some of our most pressing problems."