As the second class of OTF’s Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) wraps up their work, we’d like to take this time to highlight the fellows and the accomplishments they achieved during their tenure as ICFP fellows.
A diverse group made up of computer scientists, researchers, and lawyers, this class has been hard at work over the past year pursuing and completing goals in areas such as: conducting novel research on internet censorship developments in understudied regions; building new tools to bolster existent circumvention systems; and researching security vulnerabilities in popular peer-to-peer communication apps.
You can find below a brief description of each fellow’s area of focus, what they accomplished, and links to related materials where applicable. Throughout the year, the fellows have presented their findings publicly in the form of reports, papers, presentations, and tool launches. Some are nearing completion and will be added as they become available.
Most of the fellows were able to convene at the 2016 Citizen Lab Summer Institute, which brings together a broad and diverse range of researchers and practitioners focused on a multitude of disciplines relevant to internet censorship. This atmosphere of cross-pollination acts as a vehicle for new collaborative efforts. The event included sessions focusing on how censorship, circumvention, and surveillance have changed over the past year and emerging information controls research shared by ICFP fellows and others.
These fellows have significantly advanced critical areas of research around internet freedom. We sincerely appreciate the hard work and marked progress brought about by this class. OTF has already begun supporting a third round of ICFP fellows that are tackling a variety of compelling projects. We’ll be highlighting their work in an upcoming post.
The Open Technology Fund (OTF)’s Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) was jointly established in 2014 with Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto to cultivate research, programs, and creative collaboration focusing on information controls - specifically repressive internet censorship and surveillance. It was modeled after other successful fellowship programs. The ICFP supports fellows to work within host organizations that are established centers of expertise by offering competitively paid fellowships.
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