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Governance & Accountability in the United States

Governance & Accountability in the United States

The Open Society Foundations support efforts to increase government transparency and accountability, and promote an active and engaged public with equal access to information, courts, and the ballot.

Recent Work

Freedom Summer: 50 Years and Beyond  

Panelists discuss Freedom Summer, a Stanley Nelson documentary about the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, which occurred 50 years ago this year and proved to be instrumental in the U.S. movement for civil rights.

Turning the Tide Against Torture

President Obama can declassify a long-awaited report written by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the CIA's rendition, interrogation, and detention program.

Unraveling Puerto Rico’s Economic Challenges
What are the people living and working in Puerto Rico doing to confront the island's economic crisis?
When “Trust Us” Isn’t Enough: Government Surveillance in a Post-Snowden World  

Open Society Fellow Chris Soghoian explains the ominous implications of widespread government surveillance.

Case Watch: A Step Forward for Constitutional Challenge to NSA Surveillance

U.S. Federal Judge Richard Leon agreed that the Fourth Amendment rights of two plaintiffs had been violated by the National Security Agency's mass surveillance of phone metadata.

Your Voice Doesn’t Stop at the Ballot Box

Too often, after people vote, the significant policy decisions take place behind closed doors. But in a tent on Canal Street, ordinary New Yorkers are having their say. There’s never been anything like it.

Open Society People

Director, Democracy Fund
Open Society Foundations–New York, U.S. Programs
Senior Advisor, Washington Office
Open Society Foundations–Washington, D.C., Open Society Policy Center