For the past 25 years, the Center for Democracy & Technology has been the leading voice for individuals in the digital age. We got our start at the very beginning of the commercial internet, working on critical issues that have touched every single internet user over their lifetime.
Whatever the challenge of the day, our support of fundamental human rights and civil liberties has never wavered, whether we are pressing forward on federal privacy legislation, making elections more secure, pushing back against censorship, or curtailing invasive government surveillance.
The CDT you know was started back in 1994 by a scrappy bunch of visionaries, including Jerry Berman, Janlori Goldman, Deirdre Mulligan, Jonah Seiger, and Danny Weitzner. That beginning has grown to a team of 30, with offices in Washington, D.C. and Brussels. CDT was most recently led by Nuala O’Connor for six years, and in spring of 2020, Alexandra Reeve Givens will join CDT as President & CEO, leading us into an exciting new chapter.
As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we are excited to share this special edition of our annual report. We look back on CDT’s history of ensuring that fundamental rights are built into the technologies we still rely on, and look forward to a future where the ability of digital technology to serve us grows every day. Thank you to our partners on this ongoing journey – together we can shape a digitally-empowered world where democracy and individual rights flourish.