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Center for Democracy and Technology

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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

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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Saving my life and my family
Without the embarrassment or shame of my struggles

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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.

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.

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CDT is that rare group in Washington that is more interested in getting things done than in self promotion. It brings a reasonable voice to the policy discussion, and I've enjoyed working with them in coalitions!

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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.

Former staff

Rating: 5

CDT does important, impactful work on critical technology policy issues. As an alum I can say it was a wonderful place to work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Does great work regarding internet and tech policy, allowing us to freely express ourselves (like here) on the internet.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although often confronting companies and legislators that prefer a simplistic view of technology policy, CDT continues to provide nuanced, thoughtful evaluations of the potential values and harms that new technologies provide. How we deal with these issues will have significant impacts in the years to come, and it is comforting to know that the technologists and policy experts at CDT are asking the kind of questions that, as a society, we need to answer to successfully move forward in the 21st century.

Donor

Rating: 5

The information revolution is a 'real' revolution, akin to the agricultural and industrial revolutions in its sweeping impacts on culture, civilization, economics, politics, and values. Among those guiding developments in this field, CDT is unparalleled in its thoughtfulness, balance, creativity, and pragmatism. The Internet offers an unprecedented set of global opportunities to advance the human prospect, but it often threatens instead to evolve into a marriage of ultra-intrusive, manipulative government control with pervasive 24/7/365 private marketing. The worst things happen when we are not looking. Most of us are too busy with our lives to be vigilant on all fronts. CDT is the group I trust to stay vigilant on my behalf, and to immediately alert me whenever I need to get involved.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work with a number of nonprofits and have always been very impressed by the work that that CDT does. Their impact for our digital rights is fantastic, I always am excited to see what they do next!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As someone interested in a public dialogue to encourage growth in technology while also using it responsibly, I appreciate the bipartisan approach that CDT brings to the table. I feel like I can learn without any "spin" and use that knowledge to formulate my own understanding and opinions. Having a safe and informed space to gain knowledge on issues you care about is so important, and CDT offers that. They also cover a wide range of topics to allow a more comprehensive snapshot of the challenges in tech policy today.

Andy32

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The CDT addresses a breadth of issues impacting the online/digital space - from consumer privacy to security/surveillance. The news and insights uncovered by this great firm keep important digital issues at the forefront of the public conversation and are critical to keeping the Internet free and innovative.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Center for Democracy and Technology is one of those organizations that you don't hear much about but is doing very important work that helps tons of people. Organizations like this one help all of us. Keep up the good work!