Digital Democracy’s mission is to empower marginalized communities to use technology to defend their rights. We believe that as technology becomes more accessible to communities that have been otherwise ignored by dominant society, it can and should be used to meet their needs and bring their voices to the table. Digital Democracy helps our partners achieve transformative change and works toward a world where all people can participate in decisions that govern their lives.
Over the past 14 years, we’ve seen firsthand that change does not come from technology, but from how people use it. Our local partners represent the global majority who face historic and ongoing marginalization. We have worked with communities from Haiti to Burma to Peru. Working at the intersection of human rights and technology, Dd supports local leaders with the strategic use of tools to catalyze community-driven solutions.
Digital Democracy is a values-driven organization. These are our core values and how they guide our work.
Our process is both technology and issue agnostic – that is, not bound to one platform or cause. We recognize that our partners’ issues are diverse, but many of the challenges they face are shared. Using a listening-based, human-centered design process, Dd helps to strengthen our partners’ access, communication, resources and reach
Equipped with the tools they need, our partners become better storytellers, advocates and leaders. Together, Dd and its partners are empowering communities to become their own voice for change. Digital Democracy works in three primary ways:
Direct work with groups
We train communities to use basic digital tools, such as cameras, mobile phones, maps and data collection tools. We conduct ongoing support and capacity building for our partners whose programs are designed to defend their human & environmental rights.
We co-create tech solutions with our partners and help them adapt existing tools to their needs. We also collaborate with other technologists to support the greater eco-system of open-source tools which can support our partners’ needs.
We scale our impact beyond our direct partners. Through events, workshops, and tool-kits, we build bridges between our work and the work of advocates and decision-makers around the world.