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 for free speech, the internet empowers, emboldens and equalizes people around the world.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we work to preserve the user-controlled nature of the internet and champion freedom of expression. We support laws, corporate policies, and technology tools that protect the privacy of internet users, and advocate for stronger legal controls on government surveillance.

Headquartered in Washington, with an international presence in Brussels, CDT works inclusively across sectors and the political spectrum to find tangible solutions to today's most pressing internet policy challenges.

View our Annual Report to learn more about how CDT’s team contributed to so many of the critical tech and internet policy debates and advancements.


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.


Our funding is diverse, balanced, and impartial.

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Exchanging views and seeking actionable solutions.

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Collaborating Attorney Network

Our pro bono lawyers network.

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Annual Dinner

The most influential minds of today's tech policy world, the most pressing issues in the field, and the opportunity to connect with attendees from all sectors. CDT's Annual Dinner, Tech Prom, was held on March 29, 2018. It was a wonderful night, and we look forward to seeing you at next year's event!