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Access to Knowledge

Access to knowledge is a founding principle of any open society. From classroom textbooks to scholarly research, legal information to scientific data, new technologies bring new opportunities for knowledge creation and dissemination. We support work that promotes access to knowledge, particularly among disadvantaged groups.

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Machinations and Manipulations: Bots, Big Data, and the Internet of Things

Philip Howard, professor of technology and international affairs, will present his latest book, Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up, followed by an open discussion.

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The Tricky Practice—and Vast Potential—of Public Polling in Burma

A new study shows that even in a society where freedom of expression is restricted, pollsters can learn a lot about what people want from their government.

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Is This the End of Jobs as We Know Them?

In the future, which workers will “win” and which ones will “lose”?

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Can Investigative Journalism Flourish in the Arab World?

Secretive governments and social norms that discourage debate have held back quality journalism in many Arab countries. A new initiative aims to change that.

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For Students in the Balkans, an Education in Corruption

For university students in the Balkans, corruption, bribery, and intimidation are all part of the learning experience.

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The Role of the Internet in Building Just and Open Societies

The Open Society Foundations and others are making a public commitment to work towards an internet that is built, used, and governed in ways that allow everyone to access it and benefit from its potential.