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Examples of CC-licensing in social justice and human rights projects.


The Association of Progressive Communications which works for human rights and social justice in ICT's uses CC on their website, and some publications.

Open Democracy "is committed to human rights and democracy. We aim to ensure that marginalised views and voices are heard" uses CC BY NC as default but not all articles are CC By NC (and their link to the licences from the logo is broken)

Global Voices is a community of more than 200 bloggers around the world who work together to bring you translations and reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media. All content created by Global Voices is published under CC BY.

The WITNESS Video Hub (the “Hub”) is a service that allows anyone, anywhere to upload and view human rights related media and create or engage with communities and proposed calls to action around the abuses they witness. connects people, organizations, and resources using mobile technology for social change.

The Open Society Institute works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens.

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.

Architecture for Humanity a non-profit organisation which promotes social design, seeking architectural solutions to humanitarian crises. See also the CC case study for AFH.

Breakthrough is an innovative, international human rights organization using the power of popular culture, media, and community mobilization to transform public attitudes and advance equality, justice, and dignity.

International IDEA Publishing is an intergovernmental organisation seeking to strengthen democratic processes and institutions worldwide. See the case study for more info.

Arab World

Social Media Exchange (SMEX) is a Lebanese NGO that runs digital and social media training programs throughout the Arab region, empowering citizens to promote public participation in the governance of their societies. SMEX conducts CC workshops and publishes all course material in English and Arabic under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.


EngageMedia is an open video platform for presenting and disseminating social justice and environmental film in the Asia Pacific. See also the CC case study for EngageMedia.

The Association of Progressive Communications Australia ( is the Australian affiliate of The Association of Progressive Communications. Like APC, uses CC on their website.

Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) is a non-profit national organisation representing Internet users concerned with on-line freedoms and rights. EFA uses a CC BY 2.5 Australia licence on their website.


Sur – International Journal on Human Rights is a biannual journal published in English, Portuguese and Spanish by Sur – Human Rights University Network.


EyeSteelFilm is a film production company concerned with projects that catalyze social change.

Czech Republic

Big Brother Awards is a Czech version of Big Brother Awards run by a non-govermental organization Iuridicum Remedium (also the Legal Lead of CC Czech Republic). All content is under BY-SA

European Union

Open Rights Group is a non-profit company funded by donors representing Internet users.

Hong Kong

InMediaHK is the main citizen media website in Hong Kong, specialising in social issues, current affair commentaries and citizen reportage.

Latin America and Caribbean

Knowledge Management Unit is part of the UNDP Regional Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean and is the responsible facility for implementing UNDP knowledge management strategy in the region.

New Zealand

Creative Freedom Foundation (artists' rights) in New Zealand uses CC for their website here


A watchdog organization called "Indeks 73" ("Index 73") uses CC BY SA for all its content. The organization deals with censorship issues, in particular artistic freedom, and to some extent deals therefore with free culture.

South Africa

The South African Civil Society Information Service, which is a nonprofit news agency promoting social justice in South Africa, uses CC By SA 2.5_Za

OER Africa is a dynamic network of educators and learners in all levels of society that focus on developing, sharing, and customizing educational resources.

The Treatment Action Campaign works to increase equal access to HIV prevention and treatment services. With 16,000 members, TAC is a regional leader in South Africa, at the same time building a global campaign to bring awareness to HIV and AIDS issues.


Cool Loud a website for labor rights advocacy and news in Taiwan that uses CC licenses. It is operated by the Taiwan Association for Information about and Education for Labors, 台灣勞工資訊教育協會.

United States

Health and Human Rights is published by the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights within the Harvard School of Public Health.

The Center for Constitutional Rights is a nonprofit legal and educational organization that uses creative legal means to "[advance and protect] the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a nonprofit that protects the public interest by defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights in the networked world.

TeachAIDS "is dedicated to addressing the challenges associated with providing health education through the creation of free, research-based, culturally-appropriate learning materials." All materials are available via CC BY-NC-ND.