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Web address
Slogan Free thinking for the world
Commercial? Nonprofit
Available in English
Owner openDemocracy Foundation for the Advancement of Global Education
Created by Anthony Barnett, David Hayes, Susan Richards and Paul Hilder
Editor Magnus Nome
Launched May 2001; 14 years ago (2001-05)
Current status Active

openDemocracy is a website for debate about international politics and culture, offering news and opinion articles from established academics, journalists and policymakers covering current issues in world affairs. openDemocracy was founded in 2000 by Anthony Barnett, David Hayes, Susan Richards and Paul Hilder. Publishing started in May 2001.[1]

Prominent contributors to the webzine have included Kofi Annan, George Soros, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Shirin Ebadi, Sidney Blumenthal, Peter Hain, Pierre Bourdieu, Manuel Castells, Fred Halliday, and David Blunkett. openDemocracy's mission statement asserts: "openDemocracy is committed to human rights and democracy. We aim to ensure that marginalised views and voices are heard. We believe facilitating argument and understanding across geographical boundaries is vital to preventing injustice".[2]

openDemocracy is owned and published through a non-profit foundation.[3] It has been funded by a number of philanthropic organisations, including the Ford Foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, as well as a base of individual donors.[4] High profile individual supporters have included Heidi Bergemann, John Cleese, Carl Djerassi, and Pamela Raspe, and Reinhard Hesse.[4]

Today the principal columnists are Paul Rogers (Global security), Li Datong (China from the inside), Taki ("High Life" since 1977), Mary Kaldor (Human security) and Daniele Archibugi (Cosmopolitan Democracy).

Founder Anthony Barnett, Charter 88 organiser and political campaigner, was the first editor (2001-2005) and Isabel Hilton was editor from 2005-2007. She was succeeded by Rosemary Bechler who has been editor since 2010. Since 2012 editor-in-chief has been Magnus Nome, with former editor-in-chief Tony Curzon Price as contributing editor.


  1. ^ Tony Bennett (Autumn/Winter 2005-06). "Opening up democracy, interview with the founder of Anthony Barnett" (PDF). Society Matters (8): 15. Retrieved 2008-08-17.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "About openDemocracy". openDemocracy. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  3. ^ openDemocracy Foundation for the Advancement of Global Education listed at Companies House
  4. ^ a b "Our supporters". openDemocracy. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 

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