Who We Are

At the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), we believe in putting democracy and individual rights at the center of the digital revolution.

Mission & Principles

CDT works to promote democratic values by shaping technology policy and architecture, with a focus on the rights of the individual. We will:

  • 1.

    Champion policies, laws, and technical designs that empower people to use technology for good while protecting against invasive, discriminatory, and exploitative uses.

  • 2.

    Insist online platforms be transparent, accountable, and respect human rights. Regulation should set limits on the collection and use of personal information and give people greater control.

  • 3.

    Curtail government censorship and enable all people to access and share information of their choosing without harassment or undue interference.

  • 4.

    Free people from unwarranted surveillance. Government surveillance should have strict, independent oversight and checks against bias.

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    Reflect and support the global nature of the internet in our work.

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.

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 2021 Annual Report

In 2021 – at a pivotal time for democracy – CDT was at the forefront, advancing a tech policy agenda focused on equity and democratic values. Read more about how we took advantage of the year’s new beginnings in tech policy in our 2021 Annual Report.

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CDT's 2021 Annual Report. Photo collage - on top left, a couple sitting outside and enjoying something on their tablet. On bottom left, a person riding a train while taking a phone call on their cell phone. On top right, a masked election official working on election technology. On bottom right, a student smiles while they work amongst a group of other students at a computer lab.

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).

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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.

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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Want to get in contact with CDT? Send us a note – but we will flag first, we’re unable to respond personally to all messages received, but do review all messages and share them with relevant staff. Please note that CDT does not offer legal advice or provide legal referrals.

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