About the Project

Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) is a non-profit research initiative housed at New America’s Open Technology Institute, working with an international network of partners to set global standards for how companies in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector should respect freedom of expression and privacy. 

In March 2017, Ranking Digital Rights will issue the second edition of its Corporate Accountability Index, which will rank 22 companies according to an expanded list of 35 indicators focused on corporate disclosure of policies and practices that affect users’ freedom of expression and privacy.

RDR launched its inaugural Corporate Accountability Index in November 2015, which evaluated 16 companies based on the project’s initial methodology, comprised of 31 indicators. Companies’ scores and accompanying analysis were generated through a rigorous process including peer review, company feedback, and quality control. In 2017, the Index will build upon these findings to produce the project’s first set of year-on-year comparative data, while incorporating analysis for several new companies, services, and indicators.

The data produced by the Index is intended to inform the work of human rights advocates, policymakers, and responsible investors. It can also help companies improve their own policies and practices.

(Last updated: September 13, 2016)