Craigslist entrepreneur, Craig Newmark donates $6 million to Consumer Reports through his foundation, Craig Newmark Philanthropies. The gift is to support journalism and research into the ways modern technology has led to breaches in consumer privacy. The donation is noted as the largest single contribution from Newmark Philanthropies since the foundation was started in 1936.
CR to Use Donation for New Program
The $6 million will fund the Digital Lab initiative, a program focused on testing new services, apps and smart products. CR plans to raise $25 million by next year for Digital Lab, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Marta Tellado, CR CEO told The New York Times that while technology has its benefits, it is troubling how social media sites like Facebook haven’t been able to protect consumer’s privacy.
“Companies like Google and Facebook have shown that while they’re offering great conveniences, they aren’t always policing themselves. A lot of our laws are not keeping pace with innovations,” says Tellado.
This is the second donation to CR from Newmark to support journalism and tech research. An earlier donation of $2.8 million helped CR to launch Digital Standard, a tech monitoring effort.
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