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Tomorrow’s VPN…Today: Revolutionary WireGuard protocol enhanced, upstreamed, and incorporated into Linux 5.6

The integration of WireGuard—a revolutionarily simple open source VPN—into the Linux kernel is poised to lead the technology into a faster, more secure future with just 4,000 lines of code.
2020-04-17

Join the OTF Team!

OTF is looking for passionate, creative Internet freedom defenders to join our amazing team!
2020-04-13 | By: Laura Cunningham

Announcing the latest class of DIFP Fellows

The Open Technology Fund (OTF) has selected 8 individuals as the newest Digital Integrity Fellowship Program (DIFP) fellows. The group will focus on providing digital security assistance to organizations facing internet freedom threats including targeted malware, DDoS attacks on their websites, mobile security needs and others to be discovered and remedied.
2020-04-10 | By: Lindsay Beck
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Detecting a New Form of Censorship in Iran

2020-03-30

Increasing Rapid Response Support for COVID-19

2020-03-27

“Fake News” As National Security Threat And Its Implications For Censorship, Digital Dissent, And Resistance in Malaysia

ICFP fellow Gabrielle Lim explores the use of “fake news” as justification for censorship-enabling legislation and the strategies of resistance used by civil society to combat such legislation.
2020-03-25 | By: Gabrielle Lim

February 2020 Monthly Report

2020-03-24
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OTF’s Budget for the 2020 Fiscal Year

2020-03-09
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OONI Highlights: 2017-2019

2020-03-02
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The Silencing Effect of Digital Transnational Repression

ICFP fellow Marcus Michaelsen examines the online efforts of authoritarian regimes to intimidate activists living abroad
2020-02-26

January 2020 Monthly Report

2020-02-25

Let’s Encrypt Launches Multi-Perspective Validation to Improve Domain Validation Security

OTF-supported effort seeks to mitigate the threat posed by a fundamental flaw in the way websites are verified
2020-02-21

Studying Information Control Diffusion: an Agenda for Further Research

As an OTF Information Controls fellow, Valentin Weber studied the spread of authoritarian technologies from China and Russia to other countries around the world. Here, Weber reflects on his research and the need for more focus on these issues, offering specific ideas for further research on the increasing adoption of information controls tools and techniques, and their impact on societies worldwide.
2020-02-06 | By: Valentin Weber

Alternative Sources of Support - January 2020

Funding opportunities from OTF and elsewhere
2020-01-30

Announcing OTF’s Newest Class of Information Controls Fellows

Sixth cohort of ICFP fellows to research potential or existing circumvention techniques; the use of circumvention tools during censorship events; mitigating potential security vulnerabilities in access and privacy tools; identifying the specific tools used in individual countries for information controls; and more
2020-01-29

December 2019 Monthly Report

2020-01-22

Helping Quantify Online Controls

The magma guide launches the world’s first public framework for network interference research
2020-01-16

Open Application: Information Controls Fellowship Program

Apply by February 24, 2020 to join OTF’s seventh ICFP fellowship cohort
2020-01-09
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Taking Anonymous Online Whistleblowing Global

This Learning Lab post looks at recent developments made by the team at secure submission platform GlobaLeaks through OTF support, including the project's goals, outcomes, and lessons learned in the process.
2019-12-19

November 2019 Monthly Report

2019-12-16