We are a non-profit
First Draft is administered as a company limited by guarantee in the UK, and is in the process of officially incorporating a sub-division non-profit 501c3 organization in the US. We welcome offers of additional sponsorship (either financial or in-kind) from any organisation keen to support a related project or event.
As a Founding Partner, Google News Initiative continues to support the work of First Draft. We are also grateful to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, News Integrity Initiative at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, Open Society Foundations, Omidyar Network, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Rita Allen Foundation for their grants and donations. We have also received financial support from the Facebook Journalism Project and Twitter.
Partnership on AI
First Draft is a member of the Partnership on AI’s Steering Committee on AI and Media Integrity. The Steering Committee, made up of organizations spanning civil society, technology companies, media organizations, and academic institutions, will be focused on a specific set of activities and projects directed at strengthening the research landscape related to new technical capabilities in media production and detection, and increasing coordination across organizations implicated by these developments. Initial members of the Steering Committee will include the BBC, CBC/Radio-Canada, Facebook, First Draft, Microsoft, the New York Times, WITNESS, and XPRIZE, among other PAI Partner organizations to be later announced.
Operational and editorial decisions will not be influenced by funding partnerships, personal interest or the potential gain of any entities involved in or related to First Draft.
As First Draft is recognised internationally for its expertise and thought leadership around the challenges posed by information disorder, our work is in high demand by a variety of groups and institutions, including governments and regulatory bodies.
We recognise the value in sharing our knowledge with policymakers. First Draft works to inform all who have a stake in the dissemination of accurate information, including governments.
At the same time, First Draft is steadfastly committed to our independence and our impartiality. Our primary target audience is journalists and academics. We do not accept funding or requests for work that might compromise our ability to work effectively with these groups.
This is First Draft’s policy regarding when, where and how we share our work with governments:
- We invite governments to use First Draft’s public materials, including our training courses, guides, research and articles.
- We invite government officials to sign up for First Draft’s daily and weekly briefings on disinformation and the online information landscape.
- We may accept invitations to provide expert testimony at government inquiries and before select committees. Please contact us at [email protected] with a description of your request.
- We may accept invitations to speak at conferences that are sponsored or co-sponsored by governmental bodies, if such conferences are open to reporting from the media. We do not accept payment for such appearances. Please contact us at [email protected] with a description of your request.
- If asked to produce documents on behalf of governments (for example, reports or summaries on disinformation), these documents must be made public. We do not produce private reports for governments.
- We do not accept funding from or perform paid work (for example, commissioned research or building bespoke training materials) for governments.
- We do not provide expertise to governments at sessions or meetings which are closed to the public or to reporting from the media.
First Draft has achieved extraordinary impact and growth since its inception in 2015. This is due to the invaluable efforts and contributions from a long list of respected friends and colleagues, to whom we extend sincere thanks and credit. In particular, we thank the individuals who formed or worked for our original coalition:
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Daniel Bramatti is the president of Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (ABRAJI). He also serves as the editor of Estadão Data and Estadão Verifica. Daniel previously worked as a subeditor at POLITICO and as a correspondent in Buenos Aires.
Liz Carolan is the Executive Director of Digital Action, which works to counter digital threats to democracy. In 2018 she set up and ran the Transparent Referendum Initiative, a project to enable scrutiny of online activity during the Irish referendum on the 8th Amendment. She has spent the last 10 years working on governance, transparency and data issues at the Institute for Government, the Africa Governance Initiative and Open Data Institute.
Phil Chetwynd is the Global News Director of Agence France-Presse. Prior to that, he served as the editor-in-chief of AFP and as the organisation’s special correspondent in over 20 countries.
Sam Dubberley manages the Digital Verification Corps at Amnesty International. He has over ten years’ experience in broadcast news and was head of the Eurovision News Exchange from 2010 to 2013, managing the world’s largest exchange of TV news content.
Sam Gregory is the Program Director at WITNESS and an award-winning technologist, media-maker and advocate. For 20 years, Sam has enabled people to use the power of the moving image and participatory technologies to create human rights change. Currently Co-Chair of the Partnership on AI’s Expert Group on AI and the Media, he focuses on emerging threats linked to AI and mis/disinformation including deepfakes and synthetic media.
Sameer Padania runs Macroscope, an independent consultancy supporting experimentation, innovation and learning in journalism, human rights and philanthropy. He has worked and consulted for organisations such as Open Society, Ariadne, Transparency and Accountability Initiative, WAN-IFRA, the European Cultural Foundation, The Philanthropy Workshop and Google DNI Innovation Fund, on a wide range of journalism, digital media, activism and policy initiatives.
Adam Rendle is a partner at Taylor Wessing in the IP/IT group, specialising in copyright, media and brands. Adam provides a wide range of support for clients including complex, strategic advisory work, litigation and disputes, content, advertising deals and corporate transactions. His work focuses on media and tech industries, with major clients across music, publishing, broadcasting, advertising and digital service.
Maria Teresa Ronderos is a Colombian journalist best known for her work on the magazine “Semana”. She is the director for the Open Society Program on Independent Journalism, and also serves on the board of directors for the Garcia Marquez Iberoamerican Foundation and the Colombia School of Journalism Cabot Awards.
Vivian Schiller is the incoming Executive Director for The Aspen Institute’s programs on technology, media, innovation and cybersecurity. Previously, she was head of the Civil Foundation, Global Chair of News at Twitter, Senior VP & Chief Digital Officer at NBC News, and President and CEO of NPR.
Dan Shefet is the founder of Cabinet Shefet, a law firm that focuses on international IP, IT and competition law. He also founded the Association for Accountability and Internet Democracy, which aims to introduce a general principle of accountability on the internet to secure the protection of human integrity. Dan was elected to the American Law Institute in 2019.