Information and communications technologies continue to transfigure every area of civic and social life. The Information Program focuses on new opportunities and threats that emerge from these developments, fostering public goods, institutions, and experiments that are essential to open society in three areas:
- increasing public access to knowledge;
- facilitating civil society communication;
- protecting civil liberties and the freedom to communicate in the digital environment.
The program pays particular attention to the information needs of disadvantaged groups and people in less developed parts of the world.
The Program further aims to stimulate experimentation and innovation across the Open Society Foundations network and beyond. Work in areas such as human rights and justice, transparency and accountability, education and youth, or public health is undertaken in partnership with other Open Society programs. We collaborate closely with 15 of the national and regional foundations in the network, and with more than half of the Foundations’ programs and initiatives. The program has staff based in offices in Budapest, London, New York, and Washington, D.C.