2021 marks DuckDuckGo's eleventh year of donations—our annual program to support organizations that share our vision of raising the standard of trust online. This year we're proud to donate to a diverse selection of organizations across the globe that strive for better privacy, digital rights, greater competition in online markets, and access to information free from algorithmic bias.
Thanks to our continued growth, we've been able to increase the donation amount this year to $1,000,000, bringing the total over the past decade to $3,650,000. Below are details of how the funds were allocated this year and we encourage you to check out the valuable work of each recipient. Everyone using the Internet deserves simple and accessible online protection. These organizations are all pushing to make that a reality.
$200,000 to the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP)
"The Center for Information Technology Policy's [...] research, teaching, and events address digital technologies as they interact with society."
$150,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
"Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development."
$75,000 to European Digital Rights (EDRi)
"We defend rights and freedoms in the digital environment. EDRi's key priorities for the next years are privacy, surveillance, platform power and artificial intelligence."
$75,000 to The Markup
"The Markup is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates how powerful institutions are using technology to change our society."
$75,000 to Public Knowledge
"Public Knowledge promotes freedom of expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works. We work to shape policy on behalf of the public interest."
$25,000 to Access Now
"Access Now defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world. By combining direct technical support, comprehensive policy engagement, global advocacy, grassroots grantmaking, and convenings such as RightsCon, we fight for human rights in the digital age."
$25,000 to the Algorithmic Justice League
"AJL’s mission is to raise public awareness about the impacts of AI, equip advocates with empirical research to bolster campaigns, build the voice and choice of most impacted communities, and galvanize researchers, policymakers, and industry practitioners to mitigate AI bias and harms."
$25,000 to American Compass
"American Compass publishes research and commentary exploring how the technology sector's evolution and its effects on markets and competition pose novel regulatory challenges, and how policymakers should respond."
$25,000 to the Australia Institute's Centre for Responsible Technology
"The Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology develops public policy and research that advocate for a fairer and healthier online experience and gives back agency to individuals in our networked world."
$25,000 to Bits of Freedom
"Bits of Freedom strives to influence legislation and self-regulation, and empower citizens and users by advancing the awareness, use, and development of freedom-enhancing technologies."
$25,000 to Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2)
"UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2) is an intersectional research community committed to reimagining technology, championing racial justice, and strengthening democracy through a mix of research, culture, and policy."
$25,000 to CERRE
"CERRE is the European think tank dedicated to ever better regulation for the energy, tech, media, telecom, mobility and water sectors."
$25,000 to the British Institute for International and Comparative Law
"The Competition Law Forum is a centre of excellence for European competition and antitrust policy and law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)."
$25,000 to the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP)
"Detroit Community Technology Project builds healthy digital ecosystems by training Digital Stewards and supporting the development of community governed internet networks."
$25,000 to Fight for the Future
"Founded in 2011, Fight for the Future works to ensure that technology is a force for empowerment, free expression, and liberation rather than tyranny, corruption, and structural inequality."
$25,000 to Freiheitsrechte (GFF)
"The GFF (Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte / Society for Civil Rights) is a Berlin-based non-profit NGO founded in 2015. Its mission is to establish a sustainable structure for successful strategic litigation in the area of human and civil rights in Germany and Europe."
$25,000 to the Open Rights Group
"Open Rights Group protects the digital rights of people in the UK including privacy and free speech online."
$25,000 to the Open Source Technology Improvement Fund (OSTIF)
"The Open Source Technology Improvement Fund, or OSTIF for short, is a corporate non-profit dedicated to securing critical open-source projects. This is done mainly by facilitating and managing security reviews and associated work for projects and organizations."
$25,000 to Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
"Privacy Rights Clearinghouse works to make data privacy more accessible to all by empowering people and advocating for positive change."
$25,000 to Restore the Fourth
"Opposing unconstitutional mass government surveillance."
$25,000 to the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP)
"The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (S.T.O.P.) advocates and litigates for privacy, working to abolish local governments’ systems of discriminatory mass surveillance."
$25,000 to the Tor Project
"We believe everyone should be able to explore the internet with privacy. We advance human rights and defend your privacy online through free software and open networks."