Draft Methodology for RDR’s 2017 Index: Now Seeking Feedback

Since the launch of our 2015 Corporate Accountability Index in November, our hard-working team has undertaken a thorough review of the Index methodology, research process, and results. We have also expanded the methodology to cover more types of companies, products and services.

The result is a revised methodology for public comment and final stakeholder consultation. In order to facilitate feedback and enable easy comparison between the new draft version and the 2015 version, we are providing four separate PDF documents that can be downloaded via the following links:

Feedback on the revised methodology should be sent to feedback@rankingdigitalrights.org by August 5, 2016.

Readers of the above documents are also encouraged to review the results of the 2015 Index as well as the downloadable report and raw data, all available here.

As part of our effort to collect as much feedback as possible from a range of sources, members of our team will be reaching out to all companies ranked in 2015, companies that we are considering for inclusion in the next round, and other key stakeholders.

After feedback is absorbed and final revisions are made, data collection and analysis will begin in Fall 2016. We aim to publish the next iteration of the RDR Corporate Accountability Index in the first half of 2017, with more precise timing to be determined. Up to six companies will be added for the 2017 Index. The names of those companies will be made public when we publish the final revised methodology and launch the new research cycle.

RDR on Internet Monitor Dashboard


We are excited to announce that data from the Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index is now available in new ways and to new audiences through the Berkman Center’s Internet Monitor Dashboard. The Internet Monitor Dashboard helps policymakers, researchers, advocates, and user communities understand trends in the Internet’s “health” and activity through data analysis and […]

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Work for RDR!!

Would you like to be part of a dynamic and innovative team working to improve ICT sector policies and practices affecting freedom of expression and privacy around the world? We have three job openings!! Research Director or Manager (depending on seniority and experience): This person will oversee the planning and execution of research for the Ranking […]

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Access Now launches advocacy campaign based on Corporate Accountability Index

Access Now logo

The RDR team welcomes the launch of Access Now’s latest advocacy campaign, targeting 10 of the companies evaluated in the 2015 Corporate Accountability Index. The campaign is a prime example of how advocacy groups can use the RDR Index findings for direct advocacy with companies in support of freedom of expression and privacy for technology […]

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RightsCon 2016: Corporate Accountability Enters the Mainstream

The RDR team at RightsCon

Issues of transparency, encryption, and corporate accountability played a central role at last week’s RightsCon conference in San Francisco, and RDR’s Index and data helped inform many discussions at the annual technology and human rights conference. Participants in various panels and workshops highlighted the value of RDR’s Index. Three public sessions organized by RDR, including […]

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