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Open Empowerment

Open Empowerment

Digital natives are changing the world. The Open Empowerment Initiative combines advanced analytics with field-based case studies to explore how cyberspace is rewiring the ways that groups, individuals and states engage with politics, economics, social action, crime and governance.

Open Empowerment is an accelerated form of political, social and economic agency enabled by the digital revolution. Open Empowerment is self-empowerment that is scaling faster than institutions, rules and norms can respond.

In 2013, the Foundation partnered with the Igarapé Institute to produce ground-breaking research on Open Empowerment in Latin America. MIT Press will publish the results in early 2014. In 2014, the Latin American focus will be deepened, even as the OEI expands to undertake research in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia.

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