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"Access Now defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world. By combining direct technical support, comprehensive policy engagement, global advocacy, grassroots grantmaking, and convenings such as RightsCon, we fight for human rights in the digital age"


"We campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end abuses of human rights"

Article 19

"Article 19 is a leading organization for the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression. Its site offers in-depth information on freedom of expression, media regulation, freedom of information, Internet communication technology, press freedom, etc.  Its “Library” page provides relevant legal analysis, which can be searched by country, region, and theme"


"Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) holds a powerful sector of the economy—commercial data companies and digital marketers and media companies—accountable. We review and make public the activities of this sector, and promptly act in those areas—such as contemporary data-collection practices on mobile devices, in stores, and online— that require public education and advocacy"


"Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is a champion of global online civil liberties and human rights, driving policy outcomes that keep the internet open, innovative, and free... we believe in the power of the internet. Whether it's facilitating entrepreneurial endeavors, providing access to new markets and opportunities, or creating a platform for free speech, the internet empowers, emboldens and equalizes people around the world"


"The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) works to promote social justice through human rights. In a world where poverty and inequality deprive entire communities of dignity, justice and sometimes life, we seek to uphold the universal human rights of every human being


"The Centre for Law and Democracy believes in a world in which robust respect for all human rights underpins strong participatory democracy at all levels of governance – local, national, regional and international – leading to social justice and equality. We work to promote, protect and develop those human rights which serve as the foundation for or underpin democracy, including the rights to freedom of expression, to vote and participate in governance, to access information and to freedom of assembly and association"


"The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows"

Freedom House

"Freedom House works to defend human rights and promote democratic change, with a focus on political rights and civil liberties. We act as a catalyst for freedom through a combination of analysisadvocacy, and action. Civil and political rights have suffered a decade-long decline globally, and violations of human rights remain all too common, particularly in authoritarian countries..."


"... a one-stop portal that describes best practices, consolidates lessons learned, explains campaign strategies and tactics, and links the efforts of freedom of information advocates around the world. It contains crucial information on freedom of information laws and how they were drafted and implemented, including how various provisions have worked in practice. In the last decade, dozens of countries have enacted formal statutes guaranteeing their citizens’ right of access to government information. Elsewhere, even without legal guarantees, citizens are asserting their right to know. Throughout the world, freedom of information movements are changing the definition of democratic governance"


"The Freedom of Information Advocates Network (FOIAnet) is an international information-sharing network of organizations and individuals working to promote the right of access to information. FOIAnet runs a discussion list for news and debate on the right of access to information; there are currently over 815 individuals on this list, including civil society representatives, lawyers, academics, information commissioners and others with a specialised interest in the right to information"

Global Voices

"We are a global network of bloggers and online activists dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and free access to information online. We report on threats to online speech, share tactics for defending the work and words of netizens, and support efforts to improve Internet policy and practice worldwide. We recognize that universal human rights to free expression, access to information, and privacy are being challenged by governments, companies, and other powerful actors worldwide. With over 800 contributors in 130 countries, we believe that the Global Voices community is uniquely positioned to do something about this"


"The Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems (HURIDOCS) is an NGO that supports human rights organizations to use information and technology in the simplest and most efficient way. With smart information management, our partners are able to expose human rights violations for the protection of survivors and to hold perpetrators accountable"

Internet Jurisdiction

"The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network is a multistakeholder organization addressing the tension between the cross-border nature of the internet and national jurisdictions. Its Paris-based Secretariat facilitates a global policy process between key stakeholders to enable transnational cooperation and policy coherence. Participants in the Policy Network work together to preserve the cross-border nature of the Internet, protect human rights, fight abuses, and enable the global digital economy. Since 2012, the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network has engaged more than 200 key entities from six stakeholder groups around the world"

Share Lab

"An investigative data lab for researching invisible architecture of the Web and better understanding of privacy-related risks, network neutrality and security threats. The research results are presented in forms of maps, infographics and illustrations to make them more understandable to the general public. Share tech team performed the research using various remote sensing and network analysis tools, as well as data produced by hardware or applications"

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