Digital Activism Directory
Directory of organizations working in technology and activism
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Access is a non-profit organization premised on the belief that the realization of human rights and democracy in the twenty-first century is increasingly predicated on access to the internet and other forms of information communication technology.
We called it a revolution. The people-powered movement fueled by the Internet and technology has forever changed the world of activism + media + policy.
Ashoka strives to shape a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector: one that allows social entrepreneurs to thrive and enables the world’s citizens to think and act as changemakers.
Aspiration helps nonprofits and foundations use software tools more effectively and sustainably. We serve as ally, coach, strategist, mentor and facilitator to those trying to make more impactful use of information technology in their social change efforts.
BNNRC is a national networking bidy working for building a democratic society based on the principles of free flow of information, equitable & affordable acces to Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT$D) of remote & marginalized population. The mission of the BNNRC is to organize strategically important activities, studies, and advocacy so that the population of the rural areas will have easy, manageable, and low cost communications facilities .
Nonprofit that creates national issue based campaigns by organizing coalitions of non-profits, social entrepreneurs, policymakers, private sector and civic leaders, academics, and citizens.
The Better World Foundation was established to help the Egyptian youth advance in the critical areas of academia and technology. Through experienced volunteers, high-quality equipment, and established methods, Better World is changing the professional outlook for hundreds of Egyptians every year by teaching world-languages, international skills, and proactive attitudes.
Bloggers choose which kinds of opportunities they're open to being pitched about. Brands find and connect with the right bloggers for their projects or campaigns boom. Opportunities are created that actually helps both sides.
The Center for Democracy and Technology is a non-profit public interest organization working to keep the Internet open, innovative, and free. As a civil liberties group with expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT works to enhance free expression and privacy in communications technologies by finding practical and innovative solutions to public policy challenges while protecting civil liberties. CDT is dedicated to building consensus among all parties interested in the future of the Internet and other new communications media.
The MIT Center for Civic Media creates and deploys technical and social tools that fill the information needs of communities, foster civic media and political action
Twitter: @civicMIT Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MIT-Center-for-Civic-Media
The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) is dedicated to improving U.S. efforts to promote independent media in developing countries around the world.
Twitter: @NEdemocracy Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Center-for-International-Media-Assistance
Supports and publicizes petitions/protests.
Provide everyday citizens the tools and networks they need to work directly with communities in need around the world.
Protects bloggers worldwide with a focus on highlighting the plight of bloggers threatened and imprisoned by their government. We support the right of bloggers, regardless of professional status or engagement in activism, to speak and we do so regardless of their ethnicity, national origin, religion or political beliefs.
CrowdVoice is a project by MideastYouth.com, an independent grassroots network whose mission is to amplify diverse and progressive voices advocating for change throughout the Middle East and North Africa using digital media.
We pledge to fight tirelessly for the freedom of democratic online dissidents. We will research and analyze Internet activists, translate and republish their works and highlight repression against this group by authoritarian regimes.
Helping grassroots activists around the world use the Internet and mobile phones to increase their impact. Our goal is a world of activists made more powerful and more effective through the use of digital technology.
We are catalysts for 21st century democracy. Dd is composed of an adaptive, creative and effective team. We create agile programs with human-centric design and on-the-ground analysis & evaluation. We write and publish reports for global academic and institutional use. We combine unique passion, youthful drive, human rights expertise and experience pioneering technology in 21 countries to date.Our Programs. Dd digs deep to build long-lasting partnerships and the capacity of our partners, continuing our work as programs in three primary theatres in: countries with repressive regimes like Burma/Myanmar, countries suffering the after-effects of disaster like Haiti, post-conflict transitioning states like Iraq.
Powering Offline Action. Using the power of online to get teens to do good stuff offline.
Who is solving what and how? We highlight creative approaches to social change in order to help people understand how to build better communities and a better world. We envision a day in which everyone is as well-informed about potential solutions to social problems as they are about the problems themselves.
EchoDitto empowers leading organizations to have a greater impact through the creative use of new technologies. We design participatory campaigns and build tools that enable individuals to make the world a better place.
We build online and mobile tools that allow grassroots organizations to easily create their own websites, and provide larger NGOs better tools to support and communicate with these local efforts
The Free Kareem Coalition is an interfaith alliance of young bloggers and college students committed to the principles of freedom of thought and freedom of speech.
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports the expansion of freedom around the world. Freedom House supports democratic change, monitors freedom, and advocates for democracy and human rights.
Gen Next is a nonprofit, 501(c)(4) membership organization that connects, informs and engages executives and entrepreneurs to empower individuals and causes to provide long-term solutions for future generations.
Diagnose the specific challenges of corruption and governance at various levels of government; provide those findings to stakeholders who can use them to implement evidence-based reforms; and build the capacity of others to continue the cycle of research, outreach, knowledge sharing, and monitoring in the future.
Seek to build a global anti-censorship network of bloggers and online activists throughout the developing world that is dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and free access to information online.
Encourage individuals to take steps for the betterment of humanity which can then motivate dozens of others to help humanity.
Idealist connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives.
Nonprofit communications for the third millennium. Helping you understand your goals, audiences, messages, channels, and Web 3.0 strategies.
InterMedia is a research-based consultancy working in more than 60 countries annually. InterMedia’s staff of about 40 methodologists and research specialists, based in London and Washington, DC, work closely with regional experts and analysts across the world.
To empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect, and the means to make their voices heard.
Irex is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally.
A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, IRI advances freedom and democracy worldwide by developing political parties, civic institutions, open elections, democratic governance and the rule of law.
Twitter: @IRIglobal Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/InternationalRepublicanInstitute
The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.
Kick Start is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world.
Localocracy is an online town common where registered voters using real names can weigh in on local issues. Citizens Have a real influence on issues that matter. Governments Engage with real constituents. Journalists find real stories.
The Meta-Activism Project (MAP) is a non-traditional think tank that leverages the affordances of the digital network to better understand its effects on social power.
mGive provides your organization with everything it needs to launch and maintain a successful mobile donation campaign.
Conciliation - working against repression, discrimination, and persecution.
Mobile Accord’s products and services empower major non-profits, political organizations, universities, and governmental entities to benefit from the power of mobile technology.
Expand access to knowledge, ideas and experiences about the use of mobile technology to make the world a better place; reduce learning costs for deploying mobile technology for civil society organizations; accelerate the use of effective strategies and tactics of mobile use for NGOs; provide a comprehensive platform for building partnerships, and for facilitating access to technology, know-how, and funding.
Mobilize.org empowers and invests in Millennials to create and implement solutions to social problems.
An online platform for volunteers in national and community service programs. Our Twitter-based tool allows volunteers to record, share and track their impact.
NDI and its local partners work to promote openness and accountability in government
Twitter: @NDI Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Democratic-Institute
Empowering social change advocates with knowledge, innovation and community
Twitter: @newtactics Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Tactics-in-Human-Rights
We are a national venture philanthropy fund that seeks to harness America's spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship to help solve our country's biggest social problems.
Equips and mobilizes smart activists to deploy innovative solutions to re-abolish slavery in their own backyards and across the globe.
Abolition and Restoration! We combat child sex slavery & exploitation with the unexpected and restore survivors with excellence.
Led by Oscar Morales, rallies people using social media against FARC, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and their human rights violations.
OneVoice is an international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians, empowering them to propel their elected representatives toward a two-state solution.
One World One Voice unifies people and cultures of the world as one, inspiring and empowering individuals who are making a difference in the world through peace and sustainability.
The Second annual One Young World Summit promises to be bigger, brighter, louder: 3 days of world leading and world changing talks for young leaders featuring the world's most established personalities that represent change for good.
Our aim is to investigate, expose and analyze Internet filtering and surveillance practices in a credible and non-partisan fashion. We intend to uncover the potential pitfalls and unintended consequences of these practices, and thus help to inform better public policy and advocacy work in this area.
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, we build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. The Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.
Twitter: @opensociety Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Open-Society-Foundation/
Organizing 2.0 is a collective of communicators and online organizers working for unions and social justice activists. We run events, trainings, consult and promote uncommon interactions within and between our communities. We cross boundaries between labor, progressives, nonprofits, tech firms, faith communities and techies of all stripes.
Pakistan Youth Alliance is the proud pioneer of non-politically alligned youth activism in Pakistan.
Technology and the Internet are changing democracy in America. This site is one hub for the conversation already underway between political practitioners and technologists, as well as anyone invigorated by the potential of all this to open up the process and engage more people in all the things that we can and must do together as citizens. We value your input and ideas.
Pencils of Promise builds schools in the developing world and trains young leaders to take action at home and abroad.
Our mission, in collaboration with local leaders, is to identify and complete educational projects in rural villages that bring sustainable and meaningful benefit to the lives of individuals and the community where they live and work.
Challenging extremism, promoting pluralism, inspiring change.
RFE/RL's mission is to promote democratic values and institutions by reporting the news in countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established. Our journalists provide what many people cannot get locally: uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open debate.
RIGHTEOUS PICTURES is a film production company and social action organization that creates socially driven documentary films and new media projects as a means to bring about social change. A collective of artists and social activists, we are committed to creative, character-based, global projects as a platform for dialogue on the most critical issues of our time.
Helps bring new voices from new communities and speaking new languages to the global conversation
Social innovation often starts with an individual idea, but it takes a vast community of stakeholders to spread the ideas that work. Nonprofits, foundations, businesses, and government agencies are most successful in creating lasting social impact when they work together to advance social innovations through the stages of early development, proliferation, proven outcomes, and widespread impact.
Samasource is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that connects people living in poverty to work via the Internet. In parallel, we provide high-quality content moderation, data entry, and other outsourcing services to clients including LinkedIn, Intuit, and the US State Department.
Provides an exclusive, agenda free social networking site for students around the world
Social Edge is the global online community where social entrepreneurs and other practitioners of the social benefit sector connect to network, learn, inspire and share resources.
Believes in collaborating to produce positive change. Through training workshops, reports, case studies, learning materials, blogging and consulting services, we want to make sure that everyone has access to the knowledge and tools that the social media revolution offers.
S.O.S. International facilitates and operates compassion outreaches to India, with a focus on social development. We are committed to searching for and developing not only sustainable life-saving solutions, but also truly life-changing ones to the problems the poor face every day. It is our heart to encourage and empower the local church to be a solution in their community.
Our vision is, "to unite the youth of all ethnic and religious groups across Sri Lanka in a movement that promotes reconciliation, creating a peaceful and prosperous nation for future generations”. Our mission “To be a symbol for, and an example of, the powerful potential of united Sri Lankans to work towards sustainable development, peace and prosperity”.
We believe we will see a new era in the anti-trafficking movement where ordinary people are empowered and enabled to act against slavery’s existence in their community.
Through proactive education, research, and advocacy at the policy-making and grassroots levels, we are building a future in which all people recognize the inherent equality and interdependence of social, economic, and environmental sustainability.
Our mission is to advance the skills, tools and techniques of rights advocates, empowering them to utilise information and communications as a critical asset in helping marginalised communities understand and effect progressive social, environmental and political change.
The vision of the DRM is that of a renewed political culture in Lebanon, founded on its attachment to democracy, unity, and sovereignty, through the consolidation fo the foundations of moderntiy andj justice in our society.
To empower youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges.
TechChange envisions a world where a highly trained corps of creative and tech-savvy professionals can effectively and quickly respond to the most critical humanitarian, development and peacebuilding challenges of our time.
Connecting technology with opportunity to aid U.S. diplomacy and development.
We are currently developing new, scalable ideas for the tech community to give back. We focus on education, tech, and local NY-based charities.
The mission of The Advocates for Human Rights is to implement international human rights standards in order to promote civil society and reinforce the rule of law. By involving volunteers in research, education, and advocacy, we build broad constituencies in the United States and select global communities.
Invests in people and ideas that can change the world. We create and support initiatives that leverage new technologies and entrepreneurial approaches to drive innovation in the social sector and encourage individuals to get involved with the communities and causes they care about.
In the world we are creating, partners find passion, purpose, and platforms to make a difference—the ingredients of an inspired future. But they also become agents of inspiration for their friends, families, colleagues, and neighbors, until, together, they have built communities of inspiration in all of their environments.
International reporting is diminishing at an alarming pace and these independent local journalists are filling the void left be departing foreign correspondents.
UnLtdWorld UnLtdWorld connects you to the people, tools and information you need to change the world.
Video Volunteers (VV) envisions a world in which all disadvantaged communities have their own locally relevant and locally produced media that celebrates their culture, voices grassroots concerns, and stimulates dialog to find solutions to endemic problems.
Waging Nonviolence is a source for news, analysis, and original reporting about the practice of nonviolence, as well as for discussion of the theory behind it. By drawing attention to such efforts, the site is a constant reminder that Margaret Mead was right when she said that a “small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”
Our mission is to collect and recycle cans and bottles to fundraise LifeStraws, portable water purifiers which last for up to a year, for people in third world countries who are currently without access to clean, safe drinking water.
Water.org is challenging the traditional approach to assisting people in developing countries. Our goals are to draw attention to the world’s number one health problem, unsafe and inadequate water supplies, and to raise funds to help fight this immense problem – one community at a time.
See it, film it, change it.
Brings together talented and renowned women breaking new ground in technology who use their tech savvy skills to transform the world and inspire change.
Supporting youth-led projects and initiatives by creating spaces and networks for voices to be amplified.