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The latest on our programs, press and research

FY 2017 Annual Report

A fiscal year marked by a growing diversity of funded efforts and increased requests for support
2018-12-07 | By: Dan McDevitt

Alternative Sources of Support - November 2018

Funding opportunities from OTF and elsewhere
2018-12-04 | By: Dan McDevitt

Research Corner: “Blocking the Bottleneck: Internet Shutdowns and Ownership at Election Times in Sub-Saharan Africa”

The below is a guest blog post by Tina Freyburg and Lisa Garbe, authors of “Blocking the Bottleneck: Internet Shutdowns and Ownership at Election Times in Sub-Saharan Africa,” a paper analyzing the relationship between state ownership of Internet service providers (ISP), regime type, and presence of violence in seeking to explain why internet shutdowns occur in certain situations, focusing on election periods in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This post is part of a new series from OTF, Research Corner, where we’ll be highlighting interesting research relevant to internet freedom on topics such censorship, circumvention tool development, and security analysis, for example. Note that the research we feature here was not supported with OTF funding and does not constitute an endorsement of any of its findings or technologies, but is recapped here in an effort to further connect such research efforts with the broader internet freedom community. If you'd like to see your own research featured here, send us an email at [email protected]
2018-11-30 | By: Adam Lynn

October 2018 Monthly Report

2018-11-26 | By: Dan McDevitt

Research Corner: “How Sudden Censorship Can Increase Access to Information”: China’s 2014 Instagram Block

The below is a guest blog post from Margaret (Molly) Roberts and William Hobbs, authors of “How Sudden Censorship Can Increase Access to Information,” a paper exploring China’s blocking of Instagram in 2014 and its effect on access to information for users in the country. The post is part of a new series from OTF, Research Corner, where we’ll be highlighting interesting research relevant to internet freedom on topics such censorship, circumvention tool development, and security analysis, for example. Note that the research we feature here was not supported with OTF funding and does not constitute an endorsement of any of its findings or technologies, but is recapped here in an effort to further connect such research efforts with the broader internet freedom community. If you'd like to see your own research featured here, send us an email at [email protected]
2018-10-29 | By: Adam Lynn

Alternative Sources of Support - October 2018

Funding opportunities from OTF and elsewhere
2018-10-26 | By: Dan McDevitt

September 2018 Monthly Report

2018-10-25 | By: Dan McDevitt

FY18 Budget Update

2018-10-16 | By: Dan McDevitt

OTF's Responsible Data Policy

Formed in collaboration with The Engine Room, OTF’s new responsible data (RD) policy is grounded in our guiding values and principles, emphasizing both transparency and privacy. The policy, CC-licensed, is open for adoption and adaptation by others - including other funders in the human rights and technology space.
2018-10-10 | By: Nat Kretchun

Match Made in Heaven: Authoritarian States and Digital Surveillance; A Case Study From Azerbaijan

This post, authored by former Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) Fellow Arzu Geybullayeva, is a summary of the research conducted from January 2018 through June 2018 on the state of information controls in Azerbaijan.
2018-10-08 | By: Arzu Geybullayeva

Alternative Sources of Support - September 2018

Funding opportunities from OTF and elsewhere
2018-09-28 | By: Dan McDevitt

Research Corner: MassBrowser

The below is a guest blog post from Amir Houmansadr, co-author of “MassBrowser: Unblocking the Web for the Masses, By the Masses.” The post is part of a new series from OTF, Research Corner, where we’ll be highlighting interesting research relevant to Internet freedom on topics such censorship, circumvention tool development, and security analyses, for example. Note that the research we feature here was not supported through OTF funding and does not constitute an endorsement of any of the technologies involved or the research findings found herein, but is recapped here in an effort to further connect such research efforts with the broader internet freedom community. If you'd like to see your own research featured here, send us an email at [email protected]
2018-09-27 | By: Adam Lynn

Straightening Up the Digital Security of Activists in Belarus

The following blog post was prepared by the Barys Zvoskau Belarusian Human Rights House following the completion of their OTF-supported project bolstering the digital security practices of Belarusian human rights defenders, providing insight into the work carried out and observations on how this effort served to benefit at-risk groups and individuals in their digital security practices and know-how.
2018-09-21 | By: Dan McDevitt

August 2018 Monthly Report

2018-09-18 | By: Dan McDevitt

Request for Partners: Learning Lab

2018-08-31 | By: Dan McDevitt

Update: OTF’s FY18 Funding

2018-08-31 | By: Dan McDevitt

App Targeting Uyghur Population Censors Content, Lacks Basic Security

2018-08-31 | By: Adam Lynn

Open Technology Fund Summit 2017: Community Snapshot

2018-08-31 | By: Sandra Ordóñez Dan McDevitt

Alternative Sources of Support - August 2018

Funding opportunities from OTF and elsewhere
2018-08-30 | By: Dan McDevitt

July 2018 Monthly Report

2018-08-22 | By: Dan McDevitt