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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.

Recent Work

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From a “Situation Room,” Democracy Spreads in West Africa

An election-monitoring process that began in a West African hotel has gone online and across oceans, providing lessons for advocates around the world.

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Building the Civil Society of Tomorrow Means Investing in Teachers Today  

An estimated 250 million children globally lack the skills essential to civic participation. To end this learning crisis, we must ensure that all children have teachers who are trained, motivated, and connected.

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From Haiti to Vietnam, HIV Treatment Needs Higher Doses of Fact

Across the world, global and national treatment guidelines do not translate into the realities of life for most people living with HIV. This needs to change.

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Georgia Activists Close Ranks Online to Open Government Data

Four advocacy groups in Georgia joined efforts to create an online tool for more transparent governance, offering valuable lessons about the role of technology in NGO strategy.

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The Unintended Consequences of Right to Information  

Open Society Fellow Prashant Sharma discusses unintended consequences of India’s Right to Information Act.

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Can the Internet Save Itself?

The open internet is an essential condition of full and equal participation in the public sphere. This is why digital-rights groups, internet companies, and activists are uniting to protect net neutrality.