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Center for Democracy and Technology

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Censorship, Freedom of Speech & Press, Civil Rights, Crime & Law, International, International Development, Public Interest Law

Mission: CDT works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT seeks practical solutions to enhance free expression and privacy on the Internet and in the other new communications technologies. Combining the functions of think tank, convener and advocate, CDT is dedicated to building consensus among all parties interested in the future of the Internet and other new communications media.

Target demographics: every internet user

Geographic areas served: Techology policy

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a graduate student researching American response to privacy and have found CDT consistently at the forefront of dialogue. I believe as connectivity becomes even more embedded on a granular level, societies will rely even more on the critical educational, awareness and advocacy resources like those CDT is already providing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My partner works for CDT, and I've been floored to learn about tech policy through his experience. I knew nothing about the policy side of the internet prior to our nightly convos over dinner, and needless to say I'm grateful places like CDT are paying attention.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A superb, consequential organization , a thought leader with a conscience, dedicated to crafting practical solutions to some of the great issues of our time while remaining true to first principles of human dignity and individual worth.

Bhrigu K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great initiative and warranted in today's day and age. I fully support the cause and request you to do the same.

Advisor

Rating: 5

CDT is a key driver of DC's policy discussion around technology and its impact on our society. In city full of hyperbole and rhetoric, CDT is consistently thoughtful, pragmatic and fact-driven. For this reason, CDT respected and trusted across the political spectrum. difference in issues that affect each and every one of us. I greatly appreciate CDT's work to ensure that the Internet remains a tool of freedom, access, and empowerment.

Advisor

Rating: 5

CDT is out in front of the big issues we face relative to maintainting a free Internet, protecting users' rights, and addressing challenges to our democracy. As an advocate myself, I turn to CDT to be most educated about these topics and appreciate the work they do to protect citizens.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For as long as I have been in Washington, CDT has brought expertise and creative thinking to solving the digital issues impacting our world. I am confident going into meetings that their analysis will be thoroughly researched and firmly grounded, and that they will bring well-reasoned solutions to the table. They are an important and reasonable voice in today's increasingly strident public policy debates -- We need more such groups willing to roll up their sleeves and do this critical work!

Previous Stories

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having collaborated with CDT for almost a decade, I continue to be impressed by the team and their work. Great legal minds + technical competence + political savvy = great results.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CDT Is a True champion for Digital rights in the tech and non profit world; the work they do fosters real growth within our ever-changing technological society. They have-and will continue to be on the forefront of complex issues protecting our democracy.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CDT is a true thought leader on tech policy, a defender of digital rights, and a savvy influencer in DC. I attended a recent event of theirs -- excellent, diverse speakers with forward-looking ideas. I'd also call them "the sensible nonprofit" in the tech space: A fierce advocate for privacy and free speech, without being shrill and undermining their credibility with policymakers.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having worked for CDT, and having worked for years with many of my former colleagues there at other non-profits, I can say from experience that it has some of the most dedicated, hard-working and brilliant civil libertarians in both the worlds of technology and non-profits. As a convener of disparate viewpoints, CDT fills a crucial role among civil liberties advocates, and is able to foster dialogue among groups and individuals who would not otherwise be willing to talk to one another, let alone think productively about answers to the hardest questions in privacy, free expression, national security, internet governance and regulation, and so many other issues. The work CDT has been doing to facilitate these difficult conversations--such as looking at the freedom to tinker and its tension with computer crime laws, or the promise and peril of identifying ethical redlines in security research--will deliver real answers that can be translated into concrete policy. It's crucially important work, and I applaud all my former colleagues and friends for doing it with such enthusiasm, good cheer and conviction. And, it bears noting, CDT's work is so much more important given the current political landscape.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CDT has great respect in the tech community for its balanced and practical approach to policy issues in Internet governance, privacy and surveillance, and tech policy generally. Its positions are thoughtful and balanced.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

An outstanding organization. Works with any and all sides of the political spectrum Respected for their intellectual prowess and their ability to bring complex issues to the table in a way that resonates with those with no knowledge to those who are experts. A pleasure to work with.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It's hard to imagine a conversation regarding tech policy that doesn't include CDT. They simply are that central. The team is diverse and filled with decades of experience in both civil liberties and the implications of technology. They seems to find unique and important issues that they seize the leadership of and that leads to far better informed policymakers and corporate decision makers.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

CDT is a highly professional operation. Have enormous respect for the intellectual heft of so many people who work there. Many of their key staff are former exemplary ACLU leaders, a fact that only adds to their credibility. They have a real impact on the policies developed by the federal government, and not many groups can say that.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked closely with members of CDT over the last five years on Electronic Communications Privacy Reform. This is a great team. They are dedicated to their work, and always upfront on their positions.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization sits at the heart of the debate around the Internet, government, business and individuals. It is respected by the major players and yet remains independent of them. It is an organization that is filled with smart, thoughtful, policy-based pragmatists. They are making a difference in issues that affect each and every one of us.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Well-regarded organization in the tech policy arena. A constructive voice in our coalition, with a pragmatic approach, and inclusive dialogue. A great thought leader for two decades!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CDT steadfastly holds on to its principles while being a rational actor that is willing to listen to others and consider different points of view. CDT's smart, fair approach to advocacy made them a joy to work with, and I will continue to support their cause without hesitation.

Donor

Rating: 5

One of my favorite "go to" organizations for the straight information about privacy and security. There website is an awesome resource.