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- are a digital commons not a magazine – a public service on the web not a commodity
- are an independent, public interest, not-for-profit; a counter to the corporate media
- champion human rights
- seek out and debate forms of democratic change
- delight in good ideas vigorously debated and argument backed by investigation
- critique vested interests
- support pluralist inclusion without populism and try to a give voice to those marginalised
- try neither to blink at the crisis of government nor cultivate alarmism
- oppose fundamentalisms, including market fundamentalism
- regard the freedom and liberty of others as our own
- practice 'openness', rather than grasp at stultifying ‘neutrality’
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- are clear about our views, argue honestly and provide a platform for exchange
- support peace-making and reconciliation
- are committed to global education and encourage good and creative writing
- welcome a range of forms to enable us to respond swiftly and interrogate deeply
openDemocracy in numbers
Since it was founded in May 2001, oD has published almost 20,000 articles, analyses, podcasts, videos and exchanges by 5,000 authors.
The openDemocracy model
We have an open, federal organisation that reflects our values in the architecture of the website and the way we operate, with Sections that are editorially independent, do their own publishing and raise their own funding - while the Main Site publishes on all general issues, inspires and hosts new debates, encourages guest editors and manages production and the business side.
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