Data for Good

Driving Positive Change with Public
Web Data

Supporting research and data-based projects by utilizing Bright Data’s market-leading ethical data collection tools.

Data for Good is The Bright Initiative’s arm that grants its partners the tools to leverage the power of public web data to drive positive change.

Utilizing Bright Data’s diverse solutions, partners can expand their impact and tackle the most pressing global issues of our time. These solutions include structured datasets, vast proxy networks, and web unlocking tools.

Digital Innovation, Transparency, and Regulation

The Molly Rose Foundation

  • Non-profit organization based in the UK aiming to combat the phenomenon of self harm and suicide among underaged teens.
  • Utilized Bright Data’s social media datasets to uncover large volumes of harmful content, which are fed by high-risk algorithms that amplify self-harm and suicidal content.
  • Published a thorough report 'Preventable yet Pervasive' that assesses the current exposure to harmful content on major social media platforms.
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  • 1,181 Posts collected with self harm and suicide related hashtags
  • 48% Posts collected with self harm and suicide related hashtags
  • 12% Of the collected posts had over 1 million likes

HTI Labs

  • Non-profit organization based in the United States that combats commercial sex trafficking.
  • Utilizing Bright Data’s Web Unlocker for their project, LEADS (Law Enforcement Assistant for Dismantling Sex Trafficking Networks), they identify potential sex trafficking networks in the U.S. using data from online commercial sex advertisements.
  • Overcoming blocking issues and allowing a continuous flow of data and evidence for local law enforcement.
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  • 65 Traffickers identified
  • 185 Potential victims involved
  • 30 Trafficking networks involved

University of California Santa Barbara

  • Researching the intricacies of internet availability across the U.S. to shed light on disparities in broadband offerings, particularly potential discrimination against certain communities.
  • Utilized Bright Data’s vast proxy network to analyze broadband affordability and disparities in service from Internet Service Providers (ISPs) across the U.S.
  • Unveiled critical insights into the pricing strategies adopted by ISPs, highlighting the inter-city variation in ISP plans and the wide disparity in carriage value both between and within cities.
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  • 30 Cities were covered across the US
  • 837K Addresses were checked across the US
  • 95 Terabytes Of publicly available data were collected during the research

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