The Democracy Council (DC) believes that a critical foundation of stable and peaceful societies is the right of people to freely access information without incrimination, censorship, or retribution. Such access to information and debate helps citizens hold their governments to be more accountable and transparent. Increased connectivity and online privacy also spurs creativity, productivity and democratic advocacy.
The same technology that can be used to empower individuals and communities is being perverted by repressive regimes to enforce minority rule and extremist policies. DC’s Cyber Security and Internet Freedom effort has helped lead the global effort to assist bloggers and activists in fighting back against cyber armies deployed by extremist groups and totalitarian regimes. We have worked in partnership with activists in highly repressive societies to train them in effective practices of communication security. We have also helped them defend themselves against DDOS and other attacks meant to shut down free private speech.