Who We Are

CDT is a champion of global online civil liberties and human rights, driving policy outcomes that keep the internet open, innovative, and free.

At the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), we believe in the power of the internet. Whether it’s facilitating entrepreneurial endeavors, providing access to new markets and opportunities, or creating a platform.

How We Work

CDT brings together thought leaders to find innovative and practical solutions to the policy challenges surrounding the Internet. We provide leadership and advocacy to help shape public policy and industry best practices while providing a forum for stakeholder dialogue.

This dialogue doesn’t always lead to consensus, but it often helps lead to an understanding of contrary points of view, and the collaborative process helps to bring new solutions to the surface. Our current working groups focus on government privacy and security issues; consumer privacy; and free expression.

Mission & Principles

CDT works to strengthen individual rights and freedoms by defining, promoting, and influencing technology policy and the architecture of the internet that impacts our daily lives. We work to:

  • 1.

    Preserve the unique nature of the Internet.

  • 2.

    Limit government surveillance.

  • 3.

    Enhance freedom of expression globally.

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    Define the boundaries of technology in our daily lives.

  • 5.

    Protect our fundamental right to privacy.

Who We Are

We are a team of experts with deep knowledge of issues pertaining to the internet, privacy, security, technology, and intellectual property. We come from academia, private enterprise, government, and the non-profit worlds to translate complex policy into action.

  1. Our Staff
  2. Our Board
  3. Advisory Council
  4. Fellows
  5. Collaborating Attorney Network

CDT’s 2018 Annual Report

In CDT’s 2018 Annual Report, we highlight what an astounding year 2018 was for advancing the privacy rights of all. It’s clear that we must rethink the old paradigms governing our data-driven world and return power to the individual. CDT is leading the way forward.

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Where We Work

With offices in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, CDT’s advocacy is guided from these two power centers, having a global reach.


CDT receives support from a range of philanthropic foundations, companies, individuals, and court settlements (“cy pres” awards). Financial supporters do not sit on the Board of Directors and have no role in decision-making regarding policy or company oversight.

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Working Groups

One of CDT’s core strengths is our working groups, which bring together companies, trade associations, public interest groups, technologists, academics, and other stakeholders to exchange views and seek solutions to the most pressing internet policy challenges.

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Collaborating Attorney Network

We simply could not advance our mission in the courts without the pro bono assistance provided by our network. We are proud that our volunteers have a diversity of experience and interest areas, and include major law firms, sole practitioners, and law school clinics.

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Do the possibilities presented by an innovative, open, and free internet inspire you? Do you find yourself engaged in passionate discussions about privacy policies? Are you yearning to put your expertise to work on Internet neutrality legislation? If so, you might be a great fit for our team. View our open opportunities.

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