The Information Program supports those who seek new methods to understand and respond to the technological changes that affect people’s basic rights.
Our work focuses on countries or regions where grantees can shape law or change corporate practice. The Information Program has three main areas of work:
- Supporting a resilient public sphere: The spread of disinformation through social media is undermining the ability of both policymakers and the public to make informed decisions, which is indispensable to an open society. We support efforts to make major internet platforms more accountable to the public, and we support new ways of using technology and data for evidence and advocacy.
- Defending rights and 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.
- Ensuring access to knowledge: 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.