The fight to free PACER, the federally managed database of public court records that has sat behind a paywall since its inception, has stretched on for more than a decade now. These efforts may finally pay off in 2022 with a bill poised for the Senate floor that achieves many of the aims of the "free PACER" movement.
Freedom of the Press Foundation releases its 2021 Impact Report, outlining the work we’ve accomplished in the past year, an overview of our major projects and programs, and how we will be expanding on our work in 2022.
Ten years ago, a powerful online activism campaign against the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act stopped the bill in its tracks, much to the surprise of the lobbyists and legislators who had considered its passage inevitable. Led by grassroots organizers and civil liberties groups, sites big and small “went dark” for the day in a “blackout” designed to draw attention to the issue and direct calls to Washington.
Through this widely used open source platform, we are enabling whistleblowers to communicate anonymously and securely with news organizations.
U.S. Press Freedom Tracker
We are systematically documenting press freedom violations in the United States. A partnership with the Committee to Protect Journalists and leading press freedom groups.
Archive the News
By archiving threatened outlets, we are preventing billionaires from deciding what news is fit to stay online.
An open source app that anyone can use to protect personal spaces and possessions using a smartphone. A partnership with the Guardian Project.
In order to make the public aware of its importance, we are highlighting news stories that are only possible thanks to the Freedom of Information Act.