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New America Foundation

Washington, D.C.

New America Foundation was awarded $4,405,000 between 2001 and 2019, including 16 grants in Human Rights, International Peace & Security, Technology in the Public Interest, and Policy Research.


2019 • 4 months • Technology in the Public Interest

The award supports travel and related activities for launching and promoting the 2019 Corporate Accountability Index published by Ranking Digital Rights.


2018 • 3 years

Ranking Digital Rights is a project of New America that is setting global standards for how companies in the information and communication technology sector should respect human rights. The project produces the annual Corporate Accountability Index that ranks the world's most powerful internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies on their disclosed commitments and policies that affect users' freedom of expression and privacy. The results inform the work of civil society, policymakers, and investors and can serve as a roadmap for companies to improve their practices. The grant provides flexible support to Ranking Digital Rights as it continues to publish the Index and carryout a range of related activities.  


2018 • 4 months

The award supports activities related to launching and sharing the results of the 2018 Corporate Accountability Index published by Ranking Digital Rights, a project of New America.


2016 • 2 years • Human Rights

New America Foundation is a think tank and civic enterprise committed to renewing American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age. The award supports the activities of New America's Open Technology Institute and Ranking Digital Rights project. The Open Technology Institute operates at the intersection of technology and policy to ensure that every community has equitable access to digital technology and benefits. Core to its work is seeking to advance civil liberties and civil rights protections in the digital environment. Ranking Digital Rights produces the Corporate Accountability Index that evaluates leading technology and telecommunication companies according to indicators focused on corporate disclosure policies and practices that affect users' freedom of expression and privacy.


2015 • 1 year • Human Rights

Housed within New America's Open Technology Institute, the Ranking Digital Rights project is creating a first-of-its-kind public ranking system that evaluates the world's major Information Communication Technology companies on polices and practices related to free expression and privacy in the context of international human rights law. The project increases company transparency while improving their policies and practices as they relate to freedom of expression


2015 • 1 year, 8 months

New America Foundation is a think tank and civic enterprise committed to renewing American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the digital era. It develops and promotes new ideas, bridges
the gap between technology and policy, and sparks broad public conversations. Its current projects address a wide array of issues, including cybersecurity, drones, income inequality, and early childhood education. This grant contributes to New America's "Reinventing the Think Tank Initiative," which is designed to create a national network with hubs in different parts of the U.S., potentially including Chicago, to advance the way public problems are addressed throughout the country. The objective is to bring New America's ideas, expertise, experience, and other resources to several cities across the country. It will link successful approaches to public problems developed in those cities with other cities and regions and to national policy conversations in Washington. Specifically, this grant helps support the staff time to develop extensive knowledge of Chicago's existing infrastructure of civic innovation, and to assess how that work could be advanced by New America's particular skills and resources. The grant period
will conclude with a decision about whether to establish a New America office in Chicago and, if the decision is made to do so, a plan for the work in Chicago.


2015 • 1 month

The award supports a day-long policy discussion convening technical and policy experts to discuss encryption as an important defensive cybersecurity tool.


2014 • 2 years, 2 months • Human Rights

The grant will support the Open Technology Institutes efforts to advance transparency, accountability, and security on the Internet and related technologies through evidence-based research and policy analysis focused on the U.S. government and private sector actors.


2013 • 1 year • Human Rights

This one-year planning grant to New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute will support the development of a new annual ranking of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies on free expression and privacy criteria. While ICT companies – ranging from Internet service providers to social media platforms – exercise growing influence over the political and civil lives of people all over the world, little is often known about their commitment to core human rights issues. The rankings would aim to increase transparency and public knowledge about influential ICT company policies and practices that impact free expression and privacy on the Internet.


2013 • 2 years • Human Rights

The grant supports two pilot annual reports of the Ranking Digital Rights project, which will assess the world's largest information and communication technology companies on free expression and privacy criteria in the context of international human rights law. The reports will also shed light on how specific elements of legal and political regimes prevent companies from protecting basic human rights in the digital world.

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