exceptions and conventions

The names of some organizations that are in the database will not be highlighted by the extension when that name of the organization appears on a page. You can still get the extension to generate popups for these organizations, however. You just have to use specific naming conventions that the extension does recognize.

Below you will first find a discussion of the different types of circumstances that make the extension ignore certain types of names, then of what conventions are used to make the extension recognize them nonetheless, and finally a list with all the specific organizations and the proper naming conventions. That list is included so that you (and search engines) can always go to this page to find that exact combination of words and generate a popup for an organization you would like to know more about.

This may all sound abstract and cumbersome but as you will see below, it is actually pretty simple and easy to do.

Note that at this time (October 4, 2022) there are still a lot of database entries that need to be corrected so that they follow the conventions discussed on this page.

Commonly used words: Some organizations have very commonly used words as their name. If the extension highlighted those commonly used words wherever they occur it would quickly get annoying.

For example, ARM is a technology company and a World Economic Forum partner organization that is also part of a network of organizations active in the ‘countering disinformation’ industry. But of course ‘arm’ is also a semantically unrelated and very commonly used noun as well as a semantically unrelated and commonly used verb. Another example is ‘path’ which can refer to PATH, the large global nonprofit but also to a ‘trodden track or way’ or a ‘course of action.’ 

So to avoid getting too many distracting false positive highlights the extension ignores organizations whose names exactly match very commonly used words. We made a few exceptions for some key organizations such as Apple and Shell. 

The organizations that the extension now ignores are still in the database however. And you can still get popups for them. Here’s how: Just search for “[name of organization] database”, so for example “arm database”. Be sure to use the quotation marks. That way the extension will detect and highlight them and show you the proper popup. That exact combination of words may not appear anywhere online but a search engine should still find and direct you to the page that you are on now as this combination of words is in the list at the bottom of this page. So just hover over or click on the highlighted words at the bottom and you will get a popup.

Country names: For similar reasons the extension will ignore country names. So if the government of Germany directly or indirectly funds a number of organizations it will be in the database but the extension will not highlight occurrences of ‘germany’ on a page. Either the name of the specific ministry or department will be highlighted or “government of Germany” will be.

If you want to find out which organizations are funded by the government of Germany then select all categories in the menu and do a search for “government of Germany” (don’t forget the quotation marks). The extension will highlight that exact combination of words in the results and create a popup.

Wherever it feels correct to use “the” before the country name “the” is used, so for example: “government of the United States.”

Same name, different country: When there are two or more organizations that have the same name and are in the same category but in different countries, you can type “[name of organization] [country of organization]”—e.g. “demos United Kingdom”— to let the extension detect and highlight the name of the organization and activate the popup.

If you type the name of the organization without the country then the extension will highlight that name on a page but the popup that appears will let you know there are different organizations with the same name and redirect you to this page to select the specific organization from the list at the bottom of the page.

Same departments, different countries, varying names: Different countries also have similar departments or ministries and these may be referred to using the same names. So “ministry of foreign affairs” could refer to the Dutch, Canadian, Czech or any number of countries’ ministries of foreign affairs. When the extension sees ‘ministry of foreign affairs’ on the page it can’t know whose country’s ministry it is. To get a specific country’s ministry of foreign affairs search for “[country name] ministry of foreign affairs” and the extension will detect it and highlight it in the results. So for example “netherlands ministry of foreign affairs” or “Japan ministry of foreign affairs”. If this exact combination of words does not occur online then a search engine will at least see that combination of words on the current page and direct you there.

The same convention is used for departments of the United Nations and the European Union unless these already have “United Nations” or “European Union” in their names. So for example “European Union External Action Service.”

For English speaking countries “department of” rather than “ministry for” is used. So “united states department of education” or “united states department of foreign affairs” although the extension also recognizes “united states department of state” or simply “state department”.

For state and municipal governments the same convention is used using the term “department” rather than “ministry”, e.g. “Idaho Department of Education”.

For embassies this is the convention: “embassy of [country whose embassy it is] in [country where the embassy is located]”. So for example “embassy of Czechia in Ukraine”.

Universities, departments and schools: When referring to a department within a university, this is the convention “[department], [university]”. When referring to a school within a department the convention is “[school], [department], [university]”. When referring to a school that does not belong to a specific department it is “[school], [university]”. When referring to a specific part of a university that is designated by a location name, the convention is: “[university], [location]”, so for example “University of Texas, Arlington”.

List of organization names using the conventions mentioned above

organizations with names that are commonly used words

Arm database – world economic forum, disinformation
PATH database – public health, gates foundation
Orange database – public health, think tank
pact database – think tank
quest database – disinformation
rebellion database – revolving door, think tank
BEST database – public health

countries, states and municipalities

government of Abu Dhabi
government of Afghanistan
government of Albania
government of Alberta
government of Algeria
government of Andorra
government of Angola
government of Anguilla
government of Argentina
government of Armenia
government of Australia
government of Austria
government of Azerbaijan
government of Bahrain
government of Bangladesh
government of Belarus
government of Belgium
government of Belize
government of Benin
government of Bosnia and Herzegovina
government of Botswana
government of Brazil
government of British Columbia
government of Brunei
government of Bulgaria
government of Burkina Faso
government of Burundi
government of Cabo Verde
government of Cambodia
government of Cameroon
government of Canada
government of Central African Republic
government of Chad
government of Chile
government of China
government of Colombia
government of Comoros
government of Congo
government of Costa Rica
government of Côte d’Ivoire
government of Croatia
government of Cyprus
government of Czechia
government of Democratic Republic of Congo
government of Denmark
government of Djibouti
government of Dominican Republic
government of Ecuador
government of Egypt
government of El Salvador
government of Equatorial Guinea
government of Eritrea
government of Estonia
government of Eswatini
government of Ethiopia
government of Finland
government of Flanders
government of France
government of Gabon
government of Georgia
government of Germany
government of Ghana
Government Of Gibraltar
government of Great Britain
government of Greece
government of Guatemala
government of Guinea
government of Guinea-Bissau
government of Guyana
government of Honduras
government of Hong Kong
government of Hungary
government of Iceland
government of India
government of Indonesia
government of Iran
government of Iraq
government of Ireland
government of Israel
government of Italy
government of Jamaica
government of Japan
government of Jordan
government of Kazakhstan
government of Kenya
government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
government of Kosovo
government of Kuwait
government of Kyrgyz Republic
government of Laos
government of Latvia
government of Lebanon
government of Lesotho
government of Liberia
government of Lichtenstein
government of Liechtenstein
government of Lithuania
government of Luxembourg
government of Macao
government of Madagascar
government of Malawi
government of Malaysia
government of Maldives
government of Mali
government of Malta
government of Manitoba
government of Mauritania
government of Mauritius
government of Mexico
government of Moldova
government of Monaco
government of Mongolia
government of Montenegro
government of Morocco
government of Mozambique
government of Namibia
government of Netherlands
Government of New Brunswick
government of New South Wales
government of New Zealand
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
government of Niger
government of Nigeria
government of North Macedonia
government of North Rhine-Westphalia
government of Norway
government of Nova Scotia
government of Nunavut
government of Ontario
government of Pakistan
government of Palestine
government of Panama
government of Papua New Guinea
government of Paraguay
government of Peru
government of the Philippines
government of Poland
government of Portugal
government of Prince Edward Island
government of Qatar
government of Quebec
government of Romania
government of Russia
government of Rwanda
government of San Marino
government of Sao Paulo
government of Sao Tome and Principe
Government of Saskatchewan
government of Saudi Arabia
government of Schleswig-Holstein.
government of Senegal
government of Serbia
government of Seychelles
government of Sierra Leone
government of Singapore
government of Slovakia
government of Slovenia
government of Solomon Islands
government of Somalia
government of South Africa
government Of South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands
government of South Korea
government of Spain
government of Sri Lanka
government of Sudan
government of Suriname
government of Swaziland
government of Sweden
government of Switzerland
government of Taiwan
government of Tajikistan
government of Tanzania
government of Thailand
government of the Maldives
government of the Netherlands
government of the Northwest Territories
government of the United Arab Emirates
government of the United Kingdom
government of the United States
government of the US Virgin Islands
government of Timor-Leste
government of Togo
government of Tunisia
government of Turkey
government of Uganda
government of Ukraine
government of United States
government of Uruguay
government of Venezuela
government of Vietnam
government of Wales
government of Western Australia
government of Western Sahara
government of Yemen
government of Yukon
government of Zambia
government of Zimbabwe
government of Apulia
government of Bhutan
government of Victoria, Australia

ministries and departments

Alaska Department of Education and Early Development
Alberta Ministry of Health
Arkansas Department of Education
Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Australia Attorney-General’s Department
Australia Department of Defence
Australia Department of Defense
Australia Department of Finance
Australia Department of Foreign Affairs
Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Australia Department of Health
Australia Department of Home Affairs
Australia Department of Premier & Cabinet
Australia Ministry of Defense
Austria Ministry of Health
Bahrain Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Bahrain Ministry of Health
Belgium Ministry of Foreign Affairs
British Columbia Ministry of Health
Brunei Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Bulgaria Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria
Bulgaria Ministry of Defense
Bulgaria Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Burkina Faso Ministry of Health
Cambodia Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Cameroon Ministry of Public Health
Canada Department of Defense
Canada Department of Foreign Affairs
Canada Department of National Defence
Canada Department of National Defense
Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs
Chile Ministry of Health
China Ministry of State Security
Colombia Ministry of Culture
Colorado Department of Education
Colorado Department of Higher Education
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Costa Rica Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Czechia Ministry of Defence
Czechia Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Czechia Ministry of Industry and Trade
Delaware Department of Education
Delaware Department of Health and Social Services
Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro
Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom
Delegation of the European Union to Turkey
Denmark Ministry of Defense
Denmark Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Denmark Ministry of Immigration and Integration
Estonia Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Estonian Ministry of Defense
Ethiopia Federal Ministry of Health
Ethiopia Ministry of Agriculture
Ethiopia Ministry of Urban Development and Construction
Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Resources
European Union
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
European Union Center of Excellence for Research in Social Media and Information Disorder
European Union Delegation to Moscow
European Union Delegation to the United States
European Union Delegation to Turkey
European Union Delegation to United Kingdom
European Union European Community Humanitarian Office
European Union External Action Service
European Union Hybrid Fusion Cell
European Union Institute for Security Studies
European Union Internet Forum
European Union Office in Kosovo
European Union Satellite Centre
Fiji Ministry of Economy
Fiji Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism
Finland Interior Ministry
Finland Ministry of Defence
Finland Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Finland Ministry of the Interior
Finnish Ministry of Defense
Florida Department of Education
Florida Department of State
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
France Ministry of Economy
France Ministry of Foreign Affairs
France Ministry of Justice Division of Criminal Affairs & Pardon
Georgia Ministry of Defense
Georgian Ministry of Defence
German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Germany Department of Foreign Affairs
Germany Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
Germany Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Germany Ministry of Defense
Germany Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development
Germany Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Development
Germany Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
Germany Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Germany Ministry of Foreigtn Affairs
Germany Ministry of health
Germany Ministry of health,National Institutes of Health
Germany Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
Hamilton County Department of Education
Harvard Department of Economics
Hindsville Rural Fire Department
Human Resource Development Unit of Ministry of Health & Family welfare
Indiana Department of Education
International Development Research Department
International Revival Ministry
Iowa State Department of Education
Ireland Department of Foreign Affairs
Italy Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Japan Ministry of Defence
Japan Ministry of Defense
Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Japan Ministry of Finance
Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Japan Mission to the European Union
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
Jones-Johnson Family Ministry Foundation
Kansas State Department of Education
Kentucky Department for Libraries & Archives
Kentucky Department of Education
Korea Ministry of National Defense
Lagos State Ministry of Health
Laos Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Latvia Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia
Latvia Ministry of Defence
Latvia Ministry of Defense
Latvia Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Lithuania Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania
Lithuania Ministry of Defence
Lithuania Ministry of Defense
Lithuania Ministry of Energy
Lithuania Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Lithuania Ministry of National Defense
Lithuania Mobilization and Civil Resistance Department
Louisiana Department of Education
Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
Maine Department of Education
Maryland State Department of Education
Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Developmen
Michigan Department of Technology
Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget
Micronesia Department of Health
Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene
Minnesota Department of Children
Minnesota Department of Education
Mississippi Department of Education
Montenegro Ministry of Public Administration
Multnomah County Health Department
Nebraska Department of Education
Netherlands Ministry of Defense
Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Netherlands Ministry of Justice
Netherlands Ministry of the Interior
New Hampshire Department of Education
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs
New York City Department of Education
New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications
New York State Department of Financial Services
New York State Education Department
New Zealand Department of Foreign Affairs
New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs
New Zealand Ministry of Health
Niger Ministry of Health
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Norway Ministry of Children & Families
Norway Ministry of Defense
Norway Ministry of Education
Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Norway Ministry of Justice and Public Security
Nova Scotia Department of Economic Development
Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness
Ohio Department of Education
Ohio Department of Higher Education
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
Oregon Department of Education
Paiute Tribe Department of Economic Development
Pascua Yaqui Department of Education
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Poland Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Prince Edward Island Department of Health and Wellness
Qatar Ministry of Defense
Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Romania Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Romania Ministry of Internal Affairs
Rwanda Ministry of Health
Saudi Arabia Ministry of the National Guard
Senegal Ministry of Health and Social Action
Serbia Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia
Slovakia Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Slovenia Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sonoma County Department of Health Services
South Africa Department of Health
South Africa Federal Ministry of Education and Research
South Carolina Department of Education
South Dakota Department of Education & Cultural Affairs
South Korea Ministry of Economy and Finance
South Korea Ministry of Foreign Affairs
South Korea Ministry of National Defense
Spain Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Spain Ministry of Health
Sweden Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sweden Ministry of Integration
Sweden Ministry of Justice
Switzerland Department of Defense
Switzerland Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Switzerland Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Taiwan Ministry of Education Culture Sports
Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare
Taiwan Ministry of National Defense
Tennessee Department of Education
Timor Leste Ministry of Education
Timor Leste Ministry of Finance
Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate for EU Affairs
Turkey Ministry of Treasure and Finance
United Kingdom Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy
United Kingdom Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport
United Kingdom Department for International Development
United Kingdom Department for Transport
United Kingdom Department of Defense
United Kingdom Department of Health and Social Care
United Kingdom Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
United Kingdom Department of Transport
United Kingdom Ministry of Defence
United Nations Association of the United States of America
United Nations Capital Development Fund
United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund
United Nations Children’s Education Fund
United Nations Children’s Fund
United Nations Conference On Trade And Development Unctad
United Nations Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate
United Nations Democracy Fund
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations Department of Peace Operations
United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations
United Nations Department of Political Affairs
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Development Programme Bangladesh
United Nations Dialogue for the Future
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
United Nations Educational
United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
United Nations Foundation
United Nations Foundation COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund
United Nations Geneva
United Nations Habitat And Human Settlements Foundation
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
United Nations Human Settlements Programme
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
United Nations Information Centre in Prague
United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission In Mali
United Nations Office for Project Services
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
United Nations Peace and Development Trust Fund
United Nations Population Division
United Nations Population Fund
United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security
United Nations University
United Nations University Institute for Global Health
United Nations Verified
United Nations Women
United Nations World Food Programme
United States Ambassador to the United Nations
United States Department of Agriculture
United States Department of Commerce
United States Department of Defense
United States Department of Education
United States Department of Education
United States Department of Energy
United States Department of Energy National
United States Department of Energy National
United States Department of Health and Human Services
United States Department of Homeland Security
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
United States Department of Justice
United States Department of Labor
United States Department of State
United States Department of the Air Force
United States Department of the Treasury
United States Department of Transportation
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
United States High Commission for Refugees
United States Mission to the European Union
United States Sdepartment of Defense
United States State Department
Vermont Department of Education
Vermont Department of Libraries
Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communications
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Virginia Department of Health
Washington Department of Children
Washington Department of Commerce
Washington Department of Early Learning
Washington Department of Ecology
Washington Department of Health
Washington Department of Social and Health Services
West Virginia Department of Education
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Wyoming Department of Education
Yukon Department of Education
Zambia Ministry of Health

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