An open society is a place where we can write and speak what we think, make and enjoy art freely, and engage in informed debate about how we want to live.
Open Society supports efforts to strengthen freedom of expression, privacy, and access to information—against the background of a constantly evolving digital environment that has enhanced the capacity of both state and corporate power to influence and affect our private lives. We work to make the use of digital technology more accountable to society. We seek to advance cultural and artistic freedom that inspires positive change. And we support independent journalism and media groups whose work helps build informed, engaged societies.
A handful of private technology firms wield enormous power over our daily lives, but with no genuine accountability—while providing governments with new surveillance technologies that can suppress dissent and reinforce discrimination against vulnerable groups. Open Society supports the creation of global standards and rules for the behavior of existing corporate digital platforms—including measures to protect user privacy and to counter hate speech and disinformation.
We are proud to be among the funders of media initiatives and organizations that have time and again exposed deep-rooted political corruption and malfeasance. We support the search for new models of media investment and funding that will preserve editorial independence. And we work with groups around the world that help protect journalists from threats of violence and legal intimidation.
Open Society is a leading funder of ongoing efforts to identify and return cultural artifacts now in leading museums and galleries around the world that were acquired by theft, looting, and pillage under colonial administrations. We also support the work of creative and socially-engaged artists and institutions with an emphasis on voices from excluded communities and the Global South. This includes our support for individual artists through our Soros Arts Fellowships program.
In Africa, Taking on Viral Hate
Facebook users in some African countries are exposed to higher levels of violent content, hate speech, and misinformation. The consequences can be deadly. A legal challenge seeks to force the social media giant to fix it.
Ukraine’s Independent Media
Q&A: Telling War Stories Under Fire
It is incredibly tough to cover war against an enemy who wields disinformation amid the bombs and bullets. Yet thousands of displaced Ukrainian journalists carry on. What it takes to keep their stories coming.
Q&A: Harnessing the Power of Documentary Storytelling
Orwa Nyrabia, artistic director of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, talks to Open Society about his experiences in Syria as a child and during the war, and its impact on his worldview and creative path