Together, we can make a difference

Data for Democracy is an inclusive and passionate community of citizen activists who are working every day to make a positive impact on society.

Join our community

Whether you’re an experienced data scientist or are just trying to figure out how you can help, we welcome you to join us. Our global community consists of volunteers of all levels of skill, commitment, education, expertise and experience passionately working to use data for good, Together we’re able to make a positive impact on society and the world around us.

Some of what we’ve accomplished over the past year includes: We analyzed campaign spending data to support the non-profit investigative journalism organization ProPublica, our Insight Lane project combined open data with the power of data science to help cities like Boston, MA build safer roads, and we supported the fight to end gerrymandering with the Princeton Election Consortium.

We also launched our Global Data Ethics Program, a joint effort with Bloomberg, DJ Patil, and other industry luminaries, which now has over 1650 members!

Partner with us

Partner with us

In our ongoing efforts to improve our communities and build a stronger society, we actively pursue partnerships with people and organizations who are seeking help to solve real-world problems in data science. These important collaborations help Data for Democracy maximize our impact by productively applying our abilities and extending our reach by working with the people who are already working to affect positive social change.

Sign the ethics pledge

Sign the Ethics Pledge

We propose a “Hippocratic Oath” for data handlers. More than ever, there is a need for accountability and transparency in the use of data technology. Identity theft is rampant, black hat hackers are planting ransomware on machines, foreign states are meddling with their adversaries infrastructure.

A lot hangs in the balance, which is why we ask that you commit to Data for Democracy’s Global Data Ethics Pledge and help us generate a powerful movement to create positive change in the collective work we produce, how we produce it, and how it’s perceived.