The Center for Digital Democracy is recognized as one of the leading NGOs advocating for citizens, consumers and other stakeholders on digital privacy and consumer protections online. Since its founding in 2001 (and prior to that through its predecessor organization, the Center for Media Education), CDD has been at the forefront of research, public education, and advocacy protecting consumers in the digital age. CDD (then known as the Center for Media Education) led the campaign for the enactment of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA, 1998).
Since 2003, CDD has been spearheading initiatives designed to ensure that digital media in the broadband era fulfill their democratic potential. The organization is known for its cutting-edge analysis of digital media industry developments, as well as its capacity to bring critical issues to the forefront of public debate. It has played a key role pressing the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to develop safeguards on such issues as online behavioral advertising (OBA), mobile marketing, social media, and other digital marketing practices. CDD has also called for policies to regulate the role of “Big Data” connected mergers that have helped fuel a global commercial surveillance apparatus. Central to CDD’s work is the goal to shape more equitable, fair, participatory, and just policy outcomes.
The Center for Digital Democracy was founded in 2001, but its work can be traced back to 1991, when CDD founder Jeff Chester helped create the Center for Media Education. He now works with Deputy Director Katharina Kopp and the rest of the CDD staff to keep CDD at the forefront of research, public education, and advocacy protecting consumers in the digital age.
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