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Private individuals

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 work since 2011 in the form of project and core funding. In 2018 OSF supported campaign on consumer data protection rights in the EU run in cooperation between Panoptykon and the European Digital Rights.

In the previous years OSF supported our research on the implications of algorithmically driven categorization and resource distribution to the Poland's unemployed citizens (June - September 2015) and “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 Sigrid Rausing Trust

The Sigrid Rausing Trust supports our core activities (2017-18, 2018-2021, 2021-24).

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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Digital Freedom Fund

The Digital Freedom Fund (DFF) supports strategic litigation to advance digital rights in Europe. DFF provides financial support and seeks to catalyse collaboration between digital rights activists to enable people to exercise their human rights in digital and networked spaces.

DFF has provided funding to Panoptykon to support the case SIN vs Facebook.

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Civitates has provided funding for a research project on political microtargeting on Facebook in Poland. The project is carried out between April 2019 and May 2020 in partnership with ePaństwo Foundation and SmartNet Research & Solutions. In 2021 thanks to Civitates we continue our research, focusing on algorithms responsible for optimalisation of content in the social media.

Civitates is a collaborative philantropic initiative for democracy and solidarity in Europe. Civitates strengthens the capacity of civil society to play its indispensable role in shaping vibrant open European democracies that work for all.

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European Digital Rights

EDRi supported us with a donation to carry out our advocacy activity in the field of internet platform regulation and the regulation of Artificial Intelligence.

The EDRi network is a dynamic and resilient collective of NGOs, experts, advocates and academics working to defend and advance digital rights across the continent. For almost two decades, it has served as the backbone of the digital rights movement in Europe.

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European AI Fund

With the European AI Fund grant we are planning to strengthen our capacity to influence the public debate and the policy discourse on AI/ADM at the EU level and contribute to the capacity of the European network of social organizations working in the same area.

The European AI Fund is a philanthropic initiative to shape the direction of AI in Europe. Our long-term vision is to promote an ecosystem of European public interest and civil society organisations working on policy and technology, based on a diversity of actors and a plurality of goals that represents society as a whole.

Active Citizens – National Fund

Our project “Everything Under Control” is implemented with a grant from the Active Citizens – National Fund funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Funds. The project tackles the problem of unscrutinized powers of secret services in Poland.

The Active Citizens Fund – National programme is one of eleven programmes run in Poland using funds from the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism (known as the Norwegian and EEA funds) 2014-2021, and one of two programmes designated to provide support for activities of social organisations.

The aim of the Fund is to strengthen the civic society and civic activity, and empower vulnerable groups.

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The Avast Foundation

The Avast Foundation (Stichting Avast) from the Netherlands supported our core activity in 2022 with a donation of 10,000 USD.

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Samsung Poland

Samsung Poland supports our educational activities regarding Artificial Intelligence. Samsung used to support our Digital Toolkit programme (2015, 2018).


Lubasz i Wspólnicy

Lubasz i Wspólnicy law firm supports our litigation agains data protection infridgement by the Polish Posta, as well as other initiatives related to GDPR.

Lubasz i Wspólnicy is a law firm from Łódź, Poland, specilizing in data protection law, e-commerce law, IT law, as well as economy law, real estate law and compliance. The firm receive numerous recognitions for their work in the privacy and data protection field.

Our supporters in the past years were also:

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The Stefan Batory Foundation

The Stefan Batory Foundation supported our core and capacity building activities (2016-17, 2018-19). Since 2016 it also founded the “Safe NGO” project, aimed at increasing the safety of Polish NGOs against cyber and physical risks.

In the past the 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.

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 supported our organizational development (2012-14). Its funding allowed us i.a. to launch a movie series 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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Renewable Freedom Foundation

In 2017 The Renewable Freedom Foundation supported us with 3 small grants: to plan educational activities related to GPDR, Facebook Algorithmic Factory and Why Are You Tracking Me campaing addressing the problem of tracking Internet users. In 2018 it supported us with a grant for core activities.

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

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Mozilla Foundation

Mozilla supported the work of Panoptykon’s lawyer and policy analyst Karolina Iwańska with the Mozilla EU Tech Policy Fellowship (2019-20).

Polish-German Foundation for Science

The Polish-German Foundation for Science supported the research project on surveillance in workplace, carried out in 2018-19. The project is realized in cooperation with the Viadrina European University and the Warsaw University.

The Polish-German Foundation for Science supports research and Polish-German dialogue, by funding innovative cooperations of students and researchers from Poland and Germany.

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The Heinrich Boell Foundation

In 2018 the Heinrich Boell Foundation supported our series of workshops for journalists on fighting disinformation, and The Academy of Digital Toolkit in 2019. In the former years it supported our research and educational activities implemented in the framework of the project "Digital surveillance - digital rights" (2013).

The Heinrich Boell Foundation is a German green politics foundation. Since 60 years it supports various initiatives for sustainable development, interculturalism and education. The patron, writer and a Noble prize laureate, is a symbol of the values HBF stands for: freedom, civil courage, tolerance and openness.

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Civic Fund

The Civic Fund supported our case against the Polish Post.

The Civic Fund, run by the Foundation for Poland, is an independent initiative financed by citizens. The Fund supports local civic activities for the protection of civil rights and liberties, social peace and dialogue in Poland.

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Google Poland

Google Poland supported our educational activities for journalists. In 2018 it supported the series of workshops and a report on fighitng disinformation. In 2016-17 it engaged in a series of workshops on how to manage sensitive information in journalistic work.

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).

Kantar Millward Brown

In the years 2011-13 Kantar Millward Brown supported us pro bono by conducting a research on social attitudes towards privacy protection and various surveillance practices. In 2018 it contributed to our communication strategy with an opinion survey conducted among broader Polish audiences.

Brand24 S.A.

Since 2018 provided Panoptykon with its social media and Internet monitoring tool. Brand 24 helps to follow Internet users' opinions about companies, brands and products. The company is a leader in its field in Poland, but it's services are also available for American and Asian customers. Named best web application in The Next Web Startup Awards and best mobile app for business in Mobile Trends Awards.

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SSW Pragmatic Solutions

SSW Pragmatic Solutions provided us with the pro bono legal advice and counselling regarding selected internal issues.

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The Ministry of Administration and Digital Agenda

The Ministry of Administration and Digital Agenda co-financed production of educational resources within the “Digital Toolkit for Adults” in 2013 and 2014.

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The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

In 2013-15 the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage supported the educational activities of our Digital Toolkit.

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Internet Policy Observatory

The Internet Policy Observatory (IPO) supported our research on Polish Twitter (2017-18).

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.


ZIPSEE “Digital Poland”

In 2017 ZIPSEE “Digital Poland” supported Panoptykon's research on data analysis and microtargeting, labeled DATA | DEMOCRACY.

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The Velux Foundations / The Nobody's Children Foundation

The Velux Foundations within the “Safe Childhood” program operated by the Empowering Children Foundation supported our educations activities addressed to children, youth and teachers, realized under the Digital Toolkit brand (2013-14).

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Wolters Kluwer

In the years 2012-18 Wolters Kluwer provided us with the pro bono access to its Legal Information System LEX.

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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.