Freedom of Information
The Open Society Foundations work to uphold the right to speak and to know—in order to support public involvement in government and accountability, and to challenge corruption and human rights abuses.
A Hopeful Story About a Sad Little Fact
Do facts matter in a world where powerful people lie with regularity? A new animated short takes a look at this fundamental question from an unexpected angle.
Challenging Big Tech
Facebook’s Monopoly Power Threatens Democracy Itself
Facebooks monopoly power turns something as simple as logging on into a risk. It is time to reform social media platforms and lay the foundations for a true tech democracy.
The Promise and Peril of Internet Governance
The internet was designed to be a kind of free-speech paradise—but the reality has become something much different. How should policymakers, civil society members, business leaders, and concerned citizens respond?
Patrick Gaspard on the Continuing Challenges to Open Societies Around the World
At its 20th-anniversary celebration, the Open Society Institute–Baltimore presented the final Justice for All awards and introduced the 2018 Community Fellows.
The EU’s New Privacy Rules Are Only a First Step
While the new rules governing how large tech companies use people’s data are a step in the right direction, more must be done in order to rein in the excesses of “surveillance capitalism.”
Finding Justice for Victims in the #MeToo Era
Activists and authors explore the ways that communities affected by #MeToo can find closure on their own terms.
What’s in Your Drinking Water? Too Many People Still Don’t Know
This year’s International Right to Know Day was a reminder that despite the progress that’s been made, far too many people still don’t know the basic information they need to keep themselves and their loved ones healthy.
Sri Lanka’s New Right-to-Information Law Could Save Lives
For too long, government secrets held Sri Lanka’s democracy back. Now, the law is already shifting power back where it belongs—in the hands of the people.