Internet Freedom Fund [Open Technology Fund]

Closing Date: 1.5 2019. Through the Internet Freedom Fund, OTF strives to uphold and increase capacity for individuals, organizations, and companies who support technology-centered efforts that aim to strengthen internet freedom and promote human rights by circumventing repressive censorship and surveillance, improving related digital security capabilities, and contributing to the overall health of the internet.

Ideal applicants are making use of, supporting, or developing open and accessible technologies promoting human rights and open societies; and helping to advance inclusive and safe access to global communications networks. Preference is given to organizations and individuals without a history of prior support, and who have a deep understanding of the surveillance, censorship and security issues affecting communities from the Global South living in repressive environments.

Target Range per project: USD $50,000 to $200,000. OTF prioritizes projects coming from individuals or organizations who are new to the Internet freedom community, identify as under-represented within the field, and are requesting less than $300,000 for efforts with a duration less than 12 months.

Open to individuals of all ages irrespective of nationality, residency, creed, gender, or other factors. Non-profit organization/non-government organizations, research institutions, for-profit organizations, and consortia from any country may also apply. Strong priority goes to projects with the potential for immediate impact and long-term sustainability, and that make intellectual property publicly available via open licensing and open source code.