Ranking Digital Rights: Corporate accountability in the ICT sector
Ranking Digital Rights evaluates information and communications technology (ICTs) companies on their respect for freedom of expression and privacy.
"Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) works to promote freedom of expression and privacy on the internet by creating global standards and incentives for companies to respect and protect users’ rights.
"We do this by ranking the world’s most powerful internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies on relevant commitments and policies, based on international human rights standards. We work with companies as well as advocates, researchers, investors, and policymakers to establish and advance global standards for corporate accountability.
"The 2019 RDR Corporate Accountability Index, released in May 2019, ranked 24 companies on their disclosed commitments, policies, and practices affecting the freedom of expression and privacy of internet users across the world."
Since 2015, RDR has published various reports and an annual Corporate Accountability Index. RDR, Access Now, and Business & Human Rights Resource Centre have used these material to engage with ICT companies on improving their policies and practices to safeguard digital rights. Our coverage of key publications and company engagement is collected here:
- 2015: Ranking Digital Rights: Internet & telecommunications companies ranked on freedom of expression & privacy
- 2016: Access Now sends digital rights demands to tech and telco firms
- 2017: Ranking Digital Rights freedom of expression & privacy index of Internet & telecommunications companies
- 2018: Access Now urges action by 22 internet, mobile & telco cos., based on 2018 Corporate Accountability Index
- 2018: Ranking Digital Rights' Investor Update highlights that good governance in ICT sector requires focus on consumer privacy & expression-related risks
- 2019: 2019 Index evaluates 24 companies on commitments & policies affecting freedom of expression & privacy
- 2019: 2019 Index finds tech companies 'still failing' to curb abuse on privacy and free expression
- 2019: Access Now asks for at least one improvement from 24 internet, mobile & telco companies, based on 2019 Corporate Accountability Index
- 2019: Ranking Digital Rights releases draft indicators on targeted advertising, algorithmic systems
- 2019: Middle East & North Africa: Telecommunication cos. Ooredoo & Etisalat backslide in Ranking Digital Rights benchmark
- 2019: Interview: Ranking Digital Rights explains new proposed indicators on targeted advertising & algorithmic decision-making
- 2020: Ranking Digital Rights finds Facebook Oversight Board bylaws reflect improved remedy but do not sufficiently center human rights
- 2020: Winter 2020 investor update
- 2020: Tech companies' surveillance-based business models raise human rights concerns & threaten democracy, says Ranking Digital Rights' report
- 2020: Ranking Digital Rights calls for input on draft 2020 Corporate Accountability Index methodology
- 2020: Ranking Digital Rights study finds that use of internet shutdowns is ineffective at suppressing protests
- 2021: 2020 Corporate Accountability Index evaluates 26 companies on free expression & privacy
- 2021: Spring 2021 Investor Update calls for investor focus on accountability
- 2021: Ranking Digital Rights pays tribute to departing founder Rebecca MacKinnon