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The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker is now open source software

December 16, 2020

The source code that powers this website is now available on GitHub under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License, commonly known as AGPL. If you want to know how the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker works under the hood, or if you would like to contribute features and improvements, you can now do so by following the instructions in the repository.

We believe that opening up the technical infrastructure for monitoring press freedom violations will enable us to better collaborate with other organizations that share our goals. At this point, the Tracker codebase is still very specific to this project: You cannot easily use it to run a Tracker for another country or region. If you’d like to help us change that, please get in touch!

In addition to our codebase, you can also download our data about press freedom incidents recorded in the Tracker.

Credit goes to the web and infrastructure teams at Freedom of the Press Foundation for making this first open source release possible. The Tracker is built on top of the Wagtail Content Management System, which is in turn based on the Django Web Framework. These and other projects we rely on are also free and open source software, and we’re indebted to the international community that maintains them.