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The latest on our programs, press and research

OTF Solidarity Summit Recap

OTF held its seventh summit on Jan 11-15, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's meeting took place online.

The OTF Rapid Response Fund is Open!

OTF is excited to announce that we have reopened our Rapid Response Fund and are now accepting applications.

Evading Information Controls with biton

We celebrate the Internet as a safe space, where we communicate and express ourselves free of censorship and surveillance, connecting through the people we trust. And you are invited!
2021-01-12 | By: Marios Isaakidis

Announcing OTF’s Latest Class of Information Controls Fellows

Seventh cohort of ICFP fellows to research various censorship techniques employed by China and avenues for circumvention. This includes exploring DNS poisoning via forged IP addresses, interference with popular circumvention protocols and user-created censorship circumvention techniques on Chinese social media platforms.

Information Controls In An Unprotected Legal Landscape

ICFP fellow Phyu Phyu Kyaw studies the rise of online censorship and surveillance in Myanmar

2018 ICFP Wrap up

OTF’s fifth class of Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) fellows was a diverse group comprised of computer scientists, misinformation researchers, network measurement researcher, for example. With the cohort’s fellowships completed, we’d like to highlight these fellows and the accomplishments they achieved during their time as ICFP fellows.

Introducing Icarus Project

An online repository for documented Internet censorship circumvention techniques and methods.

Alternative Sources of Support - September 2020

Funding opportunities from OTF and elsewhere


Based on analysis of thousands of satellite images and interviews with former detainees, researchers identified more than 260 structures built since 2017 and bearing the hallmarks of fortified detention compounds in Xinjiang.

Alternative Sources of Support - August 2020

Funding opportunities from OTF and elsewhere

Iranian Hackers Target an International Human Rights Organization

2020-07-30 | By: Amir Rashidi

On Community Building & Rapid Response

Highlighting the long road taken to build trust with the internet freedom community and the damage recent threats to the program’s mission and independence have wrought

Stemming the Spread of Meme-Based Disinformation

Meedan develops the Claims and Memes Database to help facilitate online fact-checking

Pausing September 1st Round


April 2020 Monthly Report


March 2020 Monthly Report


May 2020 Monthly Report


The Impact of Information Controls on Womxn In Manipur

ICFP fellow Chinmayi S K studies censorship and media freedom in northeast India.

Future-Proofing Mobile Media

OpenArchive creates mobile app Save to help citizen reporters and eyewitnesses protect and preserve sensitive digital media

New Tor Browser Release


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