Center for Democracy and Technology

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Center for Democracy
& Technology
CDT logo
Type Non-profit organization
Founded 1994

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote an open, innovative, and free Internet.[1]

As an organization 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.[2]

History and approach[edit]

In 1994, CDT was founded by Jerry Berman, the former policy director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. CDT's launch was assisted by seed donations from AT&T Corporation, Bell Atlantic, Nynex, Apple, and Microsoft.[3]

One way CDT differs from other pro-internet advocacy groups is that CDT prefers to use a more pragmatic inside strategy when working with companies and government officials.[4] CDT often works with legislators on controversial legislation. For example, CDT offered opinions on the rework of the Internet Integrity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2000 (S.2448),[5] a computer-crime bill introduced in the 106th Congress by Senators Orrin Hatch, Patrick Leahy, and Chuck Schumer.

Name Position at CDT Background
Jerry Berman Founder, Board Member Director, EFF; Chief Legislative Counsel ACLU
Deirdre K. Mulligan Chair of the Board Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley School of Information
Nuala O'Connor President & Chief Executive Officer, General Electric, the first Chief Privacy Officer of the United States Department of Homeland Security, United States Department of Commerce, DoubleClick
Jim Dempsey Vice President for Public Policy Deputy Director, Center for National Security Studies; Assistant Counsel to the United States House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights


Thirty-three percent of the organization's support comes from foundations and other associated grants; another third of the organization's annual budget comes from various segments of the tech industry and the remainder split among an annual fund-raising dinner (known in Washington circles as the "Tech Prom"), Cy pres awards and other miscellaneous sources.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Helft, Miguel (March 30, 2010). "Technology Coalition Seeks Stronger Privacy Laws". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Privacy in Context: Technology .... Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ Meeks, Brock (December 20, 1994). "Changes in the Wind At EFF". Cyberwire Dispatch. 
  4. ^ Protect your digital privacy .... Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ "S.2448: Internet Integrity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2000". 
  6. ^ "CDT Funding 2012". 

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