Technology is profoundly altering the relationship between powerful institutions and those citizens trying to hold them to account. The Information Program support those who seek new methods to understand and respond to these changes, focusing on countries or regions where grantees can shape law or change corporate practice.
The program has three broad goals: strengthening a resilient public sphere, protecting rights in the digital environment, and advancing access to knowledge.
A Resilient Public Sphere
The spread of disinformation through social media is undermining both public and policymaker ability to make informed decisions, a central tenet of an open society. We support efforts to make major internet platforms more accountable to the public, and we look for ways to use new technology to collect and distribute evidence for advocacy and public engagement.
Rights & Freedoms in the Digital Environment
Governments have grown adept at using fear of terrorism and cyberattack to justify new, highly invasive surveillance powers. We support efforts to curb surveillance powers and strengthen personal security in cyberspace. We also support attempts to expose and challenge problems caused by algorithmic decision-making, which risks creating new forms of discrimination.
Access to Knowledge
Public and private interests are clashing over the rules that determine access to knowledge, such as intellectual property laws or the business and funding models that restrict research and educational resources. We support a global movement to make knowledge more accessible by combatting regressive intellectual property laws, protecting user rights, and campaigning for public access to publicly funded knowledge resources.