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openDemocracy is a website for debate about international politics and culture, offering news and opinion articles from established academics, journalists and policymakers covering current issues in world affairs. openDemocracy was founded in 2000 by Anthony Barnett, David Hayes and Paul Hilder. Publishing started in March 2001.[1]

Prominent contributors to the ezine have included Kofi Annan, George Soros, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Shirin Ebadi, Sidney Blumenthal, Peter Hain, Pierre Bourdieu, Manuel Castells and David Blunkett. openDemocracy's mission statement asserts: "openDemocracy is committed to human rights and democracy. We aim to ensure that marginalised views and voices are heard. We believe facilitating argument and understanding across geographical boundaries is vital to preventing injustice".[2]

openDemocracy has been funded by a number of philanthropic organisations (including the Ford Foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and other funders.[3] Individual supporters have included Heidi Bergemann, John Cleese, Carl Djerassi, and Pamela Raspe, and Reinhard Hesse.[3].

openDemocracy contains a number of independent sections, currently including openDemocracy Russia, OurKingdom, 50.50 and openSecurity.Today the principal columnists are Paul Rogers (Global security), Li Datong (China from the inside), Fred Halliday (Global politics), Mary Kaldor (Human security) and Daniele Archibugi (Cosmopolitan Democracy).

Founder Anthony Barnett, Charter 88 organiser and political entrepreneur, was the first editor (2001-2005) and Isabel Hilton was editor from 2005-2007. The current editor-in-chief is Tony Curzon Price, with David Hayes as Deputy Editor. Anthony Barnett is currently editor of openDemocracy's UK politics section, OurKingdom.


  1. ^ Tony Bennett (Autumn/Winter 2005-06). "Opening up democracy, interview with the founder of Anthony Barnett" (PDF). Society Matters (8): 15. Retrieved 2008-08-17.  
  2. ^ "About openDemocracy". openDemocracy. Retrieved 2008-08-17.  
  3. ^ a b "Our supporters". openDemocracy. Retrieved 2008-08-17.  

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