Updates from and about OTF

Long in the crosshairs of authoritarian actors, a variety of tools relied on to circumvent censorship have recently been met with a new wave of aggressive tactics to limit or prevent their adoption.

In September, the Open Technology Fund continued to both receive a large number of support requests and to support a diverse portfolio of internet freedom projects and fellows addressing internet censorship and surveillance threats in closed socie

Despite the proliferation of digital security tools that aim to help journalists, activists, and ordinary citizens in at-risk communities, the adoption and secure use of these tools is often adversely affected by usability issues.

The Rwandan government continued to block access to the websites of several independent media outlets leading up to and during the country’s recent presidential election, a new OTF supported

In August, the Open Technology Fund continued to both receive a large number of support requests and to support a diverse portfolio of internet freedom projects and fellows addressing internet censorship and surveillance threats in closed societie

Within the global internet freedom field, time and experience have shown OTF that teams who continually interweave diversity, equity, and inclusion practices into their day-to-day work create better technologies.

In July, the Open Technology Fund continued to both receive a large number of support requests and to support a diverse portfolio of internet freedom projects and fellows addressing internet censorship and surveillance threats in closed societies

The Kingdom of Lesotho unsuccessfully attempted to shut down access to certain websites twice during the period leading up to last month’s general elections, a new OTF supported

In June, the Open Technology Fund continued to both receive a large number of support requests and to support a diverse portfolio of internet freedom projects and fellows addressing internet censorship and surveillance threats in closed societies

Today, we at OTF are pleased to share our 2016 annual report, summarizing the 9 months of OTF’s operations between Spring 2016 and Winter 2017.

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