Support THE CITIZENS in holding power to account

We exist to hold big tech, bad actors and the government to account for abusing their power at the expense of public interest. We are a collective of journalists, creatives, campaigners, lawyers, researchers and technologists. As citizens first and foremost, we have come together to pool our skills, often on a voluntary basis. 

Since we launched in May 2020 we've been developing a series of projects and need your help to keep them going and to launch new ones. 

The Real Facebook Oversight Board 
In 2016, we didn’t understand how Facebook was being used to subvert the presidential election. This time we did and we couldn't leave Facebook to police itself. We brought together 40 world renowned activists, academics and civil rights leaders, they issued 3 demands. Facebook caved to 2 of them. Yet, there is still harmful content, misinformation and incitements to violence on its platform. We have to keep up the pressure and address its ongoing impact on global democracies. 

Independent SAGE 
Independent SAGE is a group of scientists who are working together to provide independent scientific advice to the UK government and public on how to minimise deaths and support Britain’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Every Friday at 1.30pm we hold a public live-streamed briefing giving UK COVID-19 updates and answering questions from the public and the press. Our scientists make TV and Radio appearances every day and have become a trusted source of information for millions during the pandemic. 

Covid Contracts 
In just three months this summer, Britain accounted for 30 per cent of the overall EU/UK spending on PPE.  We've been investigating concerns about fast-track VIP channels; contracts issued to companies whose directors are Conservative Party donors; companies listed on the Panama Papers offshore leaks database; huge contracts issued to companies that are dormant, dissolved, or in debt; and over a billion pounds given to companies linked to a single religious group. We've created an open-source contract database - publicly available and creating the transparency that government has failed to. 

You can learn more about our other projects here .

Please support our efforts to hold power to account and better inform you, the public, of vital issues that affect your lives. Even the smallest donation helps our team keep doing this work.

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