Senior Program Officer, Open Society Foundations
Elizabeth Eagen is a Senior Program Officer in the Open Society Foundations’ Information Program, where she leads a portfolio of grants on emergent technologies and advanced data techniques for advocacy. Her work is concerned with knowledge and its role in supporting organizational stability and creating multi-use data; the use of data visualization tools, data science, and statistics; and the future of new media tactics for civil society and policymakers. Previously she led country portfolios in the former Soviet Union for the Human Rights Initiative, where she founded the Human Rights Data Initiative. In 2016, she was awarded a sabbatical to study corporate conscience and CEO activism in social-good business models.She holds a dual MPP–MA in public policy and Russian–East European studies from the University of Michigan.
As nonprofits and funders increasingly deploy technological solutions to address social issues, the social sector should be paying much more attention to cybersecurity threats that could threaten the very undergirdings of that work — and our democracy as a whole. How can funders ensure that their giving, regardless of program area or geography, is protected from threats that seek to undermine and undo the progress they are making? What are reasonable tradeoffs between convenience and safety?