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Ranking Digital Rights

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New America

Geographical Area
International
Theme
New technologies

With a community of international partners, this project works to establish common 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

Lack of transparency in the digital area has aided manipulation of public discourse by malicious actors. Clear global standards for best practice are urgently needed. Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) is working 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. In order to inform the work of civil society, policymakers, and responsible investors, it produces the annual Corporate Accountability Index to evaluate companies on disclosed commitments and policies affecting users’ expression and privacy. The comparative data across countries and jurisdictions helps to clarify what policy changes are needed by companies and governments to ensure that the internet operates in a manner which maintains a respect for human rights.

The project is now entering its third phase of development. The main objective is to expand the Index to include new areas such as algorithmic accountability, as well as transparency standards for advertising technology, through an update of the methodology and the development of new indicators and areas. Indeed, Ranking Digital Rights aims to become a well-known benchmark of tech sector respect for internet users’ human rights, and to guide the tech sector to design and operate products and businesses that help build an internet that supports and sustains human rights and democracy.

Project leaders also aim to increase the visibility of the index, strengthen investors' commitments and diversify their partners. For this project, the Scale-up Committee of the Paris Peace Forum provides strategic advice and support: promoting the Index, increasing the visibility of the initiative and connecting with stakeholders and investors.

Organization

New America confronts the challenges caused by rapid technological and social change, and seizes the opportunities those changes create.

NEWS

The Economist: Russians are shunning state-controlled TV for YouTube


Blog Medium: Why we produce the Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index: People have a right to know. Companies have a responsibility to show - Rebecca MacKinnon


Launch of the 2019 Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index in:
Stockholm (Sweden) on 16 May 2019 - Stockholm Internet Forum
• Paris (France) on 17 May 2019 - Vivatech
Washington (United States) on 21 May 2019
• Palo Alto (United States) on 23 May 2019


11 - 14 June 2019 : Participation in the Summit RightsCon in Tunis

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