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Individuals support Panoptykon by regular donations and 1% deduction of income tax. Want to join Panoptykon Supporters? Doing it, you help us to protect our rights and freedoms. You also give us a special energy bonus, showing us that our work is important for you. Thank you!

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Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations supports our “Digital surveillance – digital rights” project (3 editions realized in 2011-13, 2014-15 and 2016-17) and from 2014 also our institution building activities. In cooperation with the Ford Foundation and the Media Democracy Fund the Open Society Foundation also founded research project that investigated the implications of algorithmically driven categorization and resource distribution to the Poland's unemployed citizens (June - September 2015). Before, OSF supported our “Panoptykon Net” project (2010-11, “Internet and fundamental rights” report).

The Foundations Open Society Foundations was established in 1979 by George Soros to support democratic transformation of the former communist states. It supports, among others, actions for human rights, transparency and counteracting discrimination.

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The Stefan Batory Foundation

The Stefan Batory Foundation supported us with an institutional donation (150 000 PLN to be used from July 2016 until December 2017). The Stefan Batory Foundation also founded the "Safe NGO" project, aimed at increasing the safety of Polish NGOs against cyber and physical risks (100 000 PLN, September 2016 - June 2017).

In the past the Stefan Batory Foundation supported our watchdog activities within the “Digital surveillance – digital rights” (2011-14) and “Monitoring of law” (2010-11, “Surveillance 2011. A summary” report) projects.

The Stefan Batory Foundation was established in 1988. It is an independent, non-governmental organization operating not for profit, having the status of a public benefit organization. The aim of the Foundation is to support the development of democracy and civil society.

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The Sigrid Rausing Trust

The Sigrid Rausing Trust supported our core activities with a grant of £30,000 (to be used from July 1, 2017 until May 31, 2018).

The Sigrid Rausing Trust is a UK grant making foundation, founded in 1995 by Sigrid Rausing to support human rights globally. Since then, the Trust has given away approximately £273 million to human rights organisations all over the world, on a range of issues including civil and political rights, transparency and accountability, xenophobia and intolerance, women's rights and LGBTI rights.

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Renewable Freedom Foundation

In 2017 Renewable Freedom Foundation supported us with 3 small grants: to plan educational activities related to GPDR (1,500 EUR or 6,340.95 PLN), Facebook Algorithmic Factory (2,500 EUR or 10,610.50 PLN) and Why Are You Tracking Me campaing addressing the problem of tracking Internet users (2,000 EUR or 8,619.89 PLN). Total amount of support: 6,000 EUR or 25,571.34 PLN.

The Renewable Freedom aims to protect and preserve civil liberties, especially in the digital landscape.

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Internet Policy Observatory

In 2017 The Internet Policy Observatory (IPO) supported our research on Polish Twitter with a grant of 9,500 USD or 34,847.90 PLN.

IPO is a project at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. The overarching goal of the program is to deepen the reservoir of researchers and advocates in regions where Internet freedom is threatened or curtailed and to support the production of innovative, high-quality, and impactful internet policy research. The IPO facilitates collaboration between research and advocacy communities, builds research mentorships between emerging and established scholars, and engages in trainings to build capacity for more impactful digital rights research and advocacy.

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Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer provides us with the licence for the Legal Information System LEX since 2012.


ZIPSEE “Digital Poland”

ZIPSEE “Digital Poland” supports Panoptykon's research on data analysis and microtargeting, labeled DATA | DEMOCRACY.

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SSW Pragmatic Solutions

SSW Pragmatic Solutions provides us with pro bono legal advice and counselling regarding internal issues.

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GKR Legal Gołębiowska Krawczyk Roszkowski i Partnerzy

GKR Legal Gołębiowska Krawczyk Roszkowski i Partnerzy law firm advised us in the “Say no to nosey parkometers” action.

Our supporters in the past years were also:

EEA Funds

EEA Funds under the “Citizens for Democracy” program supported our watchdog activity in the area of the use of surveillance tools by public institutions. Project “State and surveillance industry. Monitoring of public institutions and their practices” was a combination of research, monitoring, information and advocacy activities (September 2014 - April 2016).

In 2016 EEA Funds support the „They are coming! How are we going to welcome them?” project, realized in cooperation by Panoptykon Foundation, the Association for Legal Intervention, the Institute of Public Affairs and Polish Migration Forum.

EEA Funds also supported “Digital surveillance – digital rights 2” project realized in 2014-15. The project is a continuation of our earlier activities. It responds to the problem of insufficient human rights guarantees in the area of new surveillance technologies. It is a combination on monitoring, research, advocacy, intervention and information activities.

The “Citizens for Democracy” program was run by The Stefan Batory Foundation (in partnership with the Polish Children and Youth Foundation, specializing in projects for children and youth). The program supports growth of civil society and aims at increasing participation of CSOs in fostering social justice, democracy and sustainable development. The program is financed by the EEA Funds, established by Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein as a form of support for 15 EU member states from Central and Eastern Europe.

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Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe

The Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe upported our organizational development (2012-14). Its funding allowed us i.a. to produce movies about life under surveillance.

CEE Trust was founded in the 1990s on the initiative of a group of private American foundations and until the end of 2012 supported the development of civil society in the region. In the recent years of its activity, it has concentrated on investing in the building sustainability of watchdog organizations.

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The Ministry of Administration and Digital Agenda

The Ministry of Administration and Digital Agenda co-financed the creation of education materials within the “Digital Toolkit for Adults” (2 editions: 2013 and 2014).

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The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage supported our education activities in the following projects: “Digital Rights Academy” (2014-15), "Digital Toolkit in teachers' room and library" (2015) and “Consciously and safely in the world of media and information” (2013).

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The Heinrich Boell Foundation

The Heinrich Boell Foundation supported our research and educational activities implemented in the framework of the project "Digital surveillance - digital rights" (2013).

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The Velux Foundations / The Nobody's Children Foundation

The Velux Foundations within the “Safe Childhood” program operated by the Nobody's Children Foundation supported our educations activities addressed to children, youth and teachers, realized under the common brand “Digital Toolkit” (2013-14).

Millward Brown

Millward Brown supported our research activities. In 2011-13 it conducted a series of research on public opinion towards protecting privacy and various surveillance techniques.

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Google supported our educational activities addressed at journalists („Protection of personal and sensitive information digital selfdefense for journalists and legal professionals” project, 2016-17).

Google supported production and publishing of the “Access of public authorities to the data of Internet service users”. Seven issues and several hypotheses” report (2013-14).

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Samsung Electronics Poland

Samsung supported our educational activities run under the Digital Toolkit brand with a donation of 20 000 PLN (November 2015).