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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

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Center for Democracy & Technology is one of the very best consumer/citizen advocacy organizations that works to preserve our digital freedoms, from privacy and data protection to fighting for an open Internet. Nuala O'Connor's recent testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee is an excellent example of the values they are working so hard to uphold. If you care about secure elections, net neutrality and freedom from government surveillance, they are worth your attention and support.

Advisor

Rating: 5

CDT provides thought leadership on issue areas that underpin our democracy. Their role is more important today than it ever was.

Donor

Rating: 5

CDT is an organization that is near and dear to my heart. Given the growing importance of the internet, both in our daily lives and in the management of free and fair elections, we need to ensure that government policy with respect to the internet is fair and evenhanded; CDT has taken a leading role in advocating for such reasoned policies, and in providing policymakers with the information they require to defend our rights effectively.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Doing great, important work that's needed now more than ever!

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was at Microsoft, as Microsoft was entering the anti-virus and anti-spyware space, there were no consensus definitions across industry describing software behaviors or the inherent harms of specific behaviors. Each vendor in the space described things slightly differently which, as an unintended side effect, made is very easy for the darkest of grey vendors to argue that their software was "fine" and should not be removed even when many individuals would argue they should be removed. Partnering with CDT to bring together all of the major players in the space demonstrated to me the high degree of knowledge, skill, and diplomacy they are able to bring to bear to solve a thorny problem like this. The Anti-Spyware Coalition was formed and I participated along with my counterparts and Symantec, McAfee, and numerous other AV providers to reach consensus on behaviors and harms. ASC was, in my opinion, wildly successful-- largely because of CDT's leadership and domain excellence around privacy and security. I have nothing but the highest regard for them, their leadership, and their staff.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have supported CDT at with a grant and very much appreciate all their work to sit at the important juncture of technology and public policy. The work that Nuala and Joe Hall does to improve how we run (and secure) elections is incredibly important, and we have been proud to be a small part of their work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an amazing outfit that collects and analyzes important information on the ways technology is affecting the democratic process (e.g. the security of voting machines) and then works to act on that knowledge and to advocate in meaningful ways. I have been very impressed by the professionalism, efficiency, and smarts of this organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The summer before my final undergraduate year, I interned here with the Communications team. Both because of the high quality of work and the learning opportunities afforded to me, I am so happy to have had this experience. I continue to follow CDT's work closely and look forward to what they will accomplish in the coming years.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked for a non-profit with a similar mission and consistently admired CDT's work. It was effective and practical, and consistently of high quality.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been a Fellow with the Center for Democracy and Technology since 2016. In my capacity as a university professor, I have an enormous amount of appreciation for CDT's expertise-based advocacy on technology policy issues. I have also found their work in communicating about these issues to policymakers and the general public to be of tremendous use in teaching university students about the fundamental importance of technology policy issues like privacy and security.

In my view, there is no other organization that outpaces CDT in this space. Given the continued need for expertise about issues at the intersection of democracy and technology, CDT will remain indispensable to the continued health of democracy in the United States and beyond.

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!

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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.