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Ranking Digital Rights

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New America

Geographical Area
International
Theme
New technologies

The project works with a global community of partners to set global standards for evaluating and benchmarking the world’s most powerful internet, mobile and telecommunications companies on their commitments and policies affecting users’expression and privacy.

Project

Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) works to promote freedom of expression and privacy on the internet by creating global standards and incentives for companies to respect and protect users’ rights. The RDR Corporate Accountability Index ranks the world’s most powerful internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies on relevant commitments and policies, based on international human rights standards. The project works with companies as well as advocates, researchers, investors, and policymakers to establish and advance global standards for corporate accountability, based on the shared vision of a global internet that supports and sustains human rights. 2019 RDR Index, scheduled for release in May 2019, will rank 24 companies on their policies and disclosures affecting the freedom of expression and privacy of internet users across the world.

Having proven its impact on company policies and disclosures, the project is now moving into a new phase of development. In 2019 and 2020, the goal is to expand the Index, through an update of the methodology and the development of new indicators and areas such as algorithmic accountability, as well as transparency standards for advertising technology. The project leaders would also like to increase the visibility of the RDR Index, strengthen the engagements of the investors and diversify the donor partners. The Paris Peace Forum Scale-up Committee provides strategic and technical advice and support to the project leaders: Supporting the promotion of the Index, increasing the project’s visibility and connecting the project leaders with key policy makers and investors.

Organization

Ranking Digital Rights works with a global community of partners to set global standards for how the world’s most powerful internet, mobile and telecommunications companies should respect users' expression and privacy rights.

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