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Building Bridges in Times of War

With support from OTF’s Rapid Response Fund, the Tor Project provides continued access to the open internet in the face of increased censorship surrounding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Surge and Sustain Fund Established to Respond to Growing Demand for Circumvention Tools

The Surge and Sustain Fund will be the primary way that OTF provides resources to leading VPN and circumvention solutions to support user costs in highly restrictive environments.

Countering Digital Authoritarianism Will Require Support from Governments and Philanthropists


Open Technology Fund Announces ‘Free and Open Source Software’ Sustainability Fund

OTF’s newest fund helps to support sustainable FOSS ecosystems.

OTF & Geographic Focus

OTF relies on the country or geography being focused on to make funding determinations. This post seeks to clarify and highlight the ongoing opportunities for support to a wide range of potential candidates.

OTF’s Budget for the 2023 Fiscal Year


Information Controls Fellowship Program Open for Applications

OTF’s Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) is open for applications for its ninth fellowship cohort, with a final deadline of February 20, 2023.

2022 Review and Cheers to 2023

It has been a crucial year in the fight for internet freedom.

Profiling Internet Censors: Methods to Measure and Locate Censorship Devices

The following blog post was written by ICFP fellow Ram Sundara Raman as a summary of their research on censorship devices.

Mirroring Uncensored News for the Masses

With support from OTF’s Internet Freedom Fund, oLink offers residents of China access to previously blocked information without ever going beyond the Great Firewall

OTF’s FY2019 and FY2020 Annual Report

OTF’s FY2019/2020 Annual Report highlights the innovative projects, impassioned research fellows, and incredible initiatives that work to advance internet freedom around the globe.

An Application and Operational Security Assessment of 'Partisan Telegram'

Telegram is one of the world’s most popular cross-platform cloud-based instant messaging services. However, it’s important to remember that on Telegram, private and group chats are not end-to-end encrypted.

Request for Proposal: OTF’s Rapid Response Fund

The Open Technology Fund (OTF) is soliciting proposals from service providers, organizations and individuals interested to provide services to OTF’s Rapid Response Fund.

Introducing the 2022 Class of Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) Fellows

OTF’s ninth cohort of ICFP fellows selected to advance research and analysis on information controls, specifically repressive censorship and surveillance.

Addressing burnout among human rights defenders facing violence online

“Well-being and self-care are collective efforts”

China’s National Anti-Fraud Center - Security Assessment

Editor’s Note: The auditors did not go through a coordinated disclosure process regarding the vulnerabilities discovered in this report due to the risks involved with engaging a potentially sensitive adversary. However, due to their commitment to privacy and security transparency, the auditors still wish to share their findings.

FileZilla: Making Old School Protocol Cool Again


2020 ICFP Wrap Up

OTF’s seventh class of Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) fellows consists of researchers from both social science and computer science backgrounds. This cohort focuses on research related to various censorship techniques employed by China and the avenues for circumvention. With the cohort’s fellowships completed, we’d like to highlight these fellows and the accomplishments they achieved during their time as ICFP fellows.

7ASecurity, OTF Red Team Lab partner, completes Blackbox Pentest and Privacy Audit of LeaveHomeSafe App


Nation-State Censorship Infrastructures Pose a Risk to the Entire Internet

IFF-supported Geneva project discovers attackers can weaponize censors to launch attacks on victims beyond state borders

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