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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.

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Why Snowden Won’t Get the Public Interest Defense He Deserves

European members of parliament have called on the United States to give Edward Snowden a chance to defend his disclosures as being in the public interest.

Digital Echoes: Understanding Patterns of Mass Violence with Data and Statistics  

Patrick Ball of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group presents real-world cases of how accurately understanding patterns of violence is increasingly important to advancing rights and justice.

Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Warfare

Scott Horton discusses his new book, Lords of Secrecy, which explores national security debates including the turn to private security contractors, sweeping surveillance methods, and the use of robotic weapons such as drones.

From the Front Lines in Ferguson: A Conversation about Policing, Race, and Justice  

Open Society grantees discuss the context of racially charged troubles in Ferguson, Missouri, and current prospects for change.

Five Years After Citizens United, Signs of a Backlash

A coalition of unlikely allies is forming to oppose the free flow of dark money in political campaigns.

After the Dead Are Counted: U.S. and Pakistani Responsibilities to Victims of Drone Strikes

The United States and Pakistan could be doing more to provide redress and compensation for civilian harm from U.S. drone strikes.

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