As society goes digital we wish to preserve its openness. We want a society built on laws, free from disproportionate, unaccountable surveillance and censorship. We want a society in which information flows more freely. We want a state that is transparent and accountable, where the public's rights are acknowledged and upheld.
We want a world where we each control the data our digital lives create, deciding who can use it and how. We want the public to fully understand their digital rights, and be equipped to be creative and free individuals. We stand for fit-for-purpose digital copyright regimes that promote free expression and diverse participation in culture.
We believe people have the right to control their technology, and oppose the use of technology to control people.
We uphold human rights like free expression and privacy. We condemn and work against repressive laws or systems that deny people these rights.
We campaign, lobby, go to court — whatever it takes to build and support a movement for freedom in the digital age. We believe in coalition, and work with partners across the political spectrum to support an informed population of Internet users who understand and fight for their rights in the digital age.
We scrutinise and critique the policies and actions of governments, companies, and other groups as they relate to the Internet. We warn the public when policies — even well-intentioned ones — stand to undermine the freedom to use the Internet to make a better society.
Founded in 2005 by 1,000 digital activists, ORG is a non-profit organisation. We have grown with the help of funding from charitable trusts concerned about citizens' rights. However most of our financial support comes from ordinary people, contributing small regular amounts.
ORG is a member organisation of European Digital Rights (EDRi).
EDRi is a network of 36 civil and human rights organisations from 21 European countries. Their goal is to promote, protect and uphold fundamental human rights and freedoms in the digital environment. EDRi's offices are in Brussels. They campaign at a European level and co-ordinate members including ORG on Europe-wide work.
Our latest financial statement is published in our Annual Report here. in 2009, we received £62,973 from supporters, £22,000 from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust and £13,336 from the Open Society Institute.
During 2011-12 we have received grants from FreeBMD, Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, Open Society Institute and Sigrid Rausing Trust.
We have additionally received generous in-kind sponsorship from ByteMark and financial support from them for ORGCon. AAISP have also given us support for our Blocked project, and sponsored ORGCon2013.