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Ranking Digital Rights

Selected at the 2018 Paris Peace Forum to receive one year of support in 2019

Project led by : 

New America

Geographical Area
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.


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. This is achieved by producing a Corporate Accountability Index that ranks the world’s most powerful digital platforms and telecommunications companies on relevant commitments and policies, based on international human rights standards. RDR works with companies as well as advocates, researchers, investors, and policymakers to establish and advance global standards for corporate accountability.

Project leaders aim to increase the visibility of the Index, strengthen investors' commitments and diversify their partners. 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.


Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) is an independent project, part of the Open Technology Institute (OTI), which works at the intersection of technology and policy to ensure universal access to communication technologies.


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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