With good data, we can do great things

Data for Democracy is a worldwide community of passionate volunteers working together to promote trust and understanding in data and technology.

Of the people, for the people

As our community grows and new standards for data are adopted by business, government, and NGOs, we are able to make positive change in the world in which we live.

We’re a community-run group of people who are passionate about shaping a stronger future for all by making sure data and technology serve the common good. What started as a small grassroots group of people with the shared goal of using data to advance positive change, quickly grew into a global organization of over 4000 people (and counting).

Together, we work to drive better decisions, take civic action, improve our communities and use our combined knowledge to make a positive impact on society.

What we do

Our community is constantly working on solving a wide range of real-world problems.

Community projects

Our community is constantly working to solve a wide range of real-world problems. We participate in a mix of community-led projects, which are proposed and self-organized by our members. Our partner-led projects are more formal collaborations with city governments and non-government organizations.

The best way for us to maximize our impact is by helping facilitate social change in a public forum.

Policy work

One of the best ways for us to maximize our impact is to help facilitate social change in a public forum. We work with lawmakers and legislators to help bridge the gap between technology and policy to thoughtfully improve the way that data and technology affects legislation and impacts society.

Project highlight

The Global Data Ethics Project

Our community-driven, industry-agnostic group of data practitioners, ethicists, and advocates invite you to join this movement towards applied ethics in our fields.

We’re a diverse global community with a united vision for the future

Data for Democracy is a group of dedicated volunteers from around the globe - with members from all 24 time zones - who use data to make the world a better place. What started out as an idea for people to work together on data-related problems has grown into a vibrant and diverse global community of over 4000 people. Unified by shared principles to affect positive change, the grassroots community collaborates on civic- and social-minded projects that have a meaningful influence on the world around us.

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In the press

“Future Innovators Index: Renée brought her expertise to Capitol Hill when she testified at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about social-media foreign interference.”

Vanity Fair

“There’s a real need to try to understand inauthentic cross-platform distribution, and the only way that we can do that is through collaboration with third-party researchers and government”

Venture Beat

“It’s the beginning of a series of hard decisions about how to balance the preservation of free speech ideals with the need to reduce the impact of all accounts that rely on manipulative tactics”


People who work with data have a lot to offer

Ready to help define the future of data + technology?

Become a member of our growing global community.

Do you have a data problem that needs solving?

Let us help on your next data project.

Sign the Global Data Ethics Pledge

Send a message to business and government leaders that ethics in data matters to you, and to this community.