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Information Controls Fellowship Program Now Accepting Applications for Ninth Cohort

OTF’s Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) is open for applications for its ninth fellowship cohort, with a final deadline of March 13, 2022.

Automating Censorship Evasion Strategies to Unlock Closed Societies

IFF-supported Geneva project revolutionizes censorship circumvention via real-world deployment of genetic algorithms

OTF Conducts Security Audit of Hypha


Connecting and Building: Welcome to Our Secure Usability and Accessibility Lab

OTF is excited to announce the revamp of our Secure Usability and Accessibility Lab (formerly called “Usability Lab”) and share lessons learned from our community-led consultation and evaluation, which informed this update.
2021-12-08 | By: Ramy Raoof

Methodologies and tools for open dialogue in the defense of digital rights

Sursiendo is a Mexican organization working to defend digital rights in order to achieve a more open and collaborative environment. As part of Sursiendo’s work, the organization has accompanied social organizations in digital care by working to ensure that skill-building processes are closer to contexts and methodologies adapted to each reality. That is why Sursiendo believes that analyzing one’s own actions is essential to improving this approach. Sursiendo’s collaboration with OTF has contributed to this direction.

GFWatch: A Longitudinal Measurement Platform Built to Monitor China's DNS Censorship at Scale

The following blog post is authored by Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) fellow Hoàng Nguyên Phong. As an ICFP fellow, Phong's research examines China’s DNS filtering mechanism, one of the techniques deployed by China's Great Firewall (GFW). DNS filtering is a process of interfering with DNS resolutions, which are used to map human-memorable domain names (such as "") to their hosting IP address(es), to prevent access to undesired content. Working with the host organization, Citizen Lab at University of Toronto, Phong built GFWatch, a measurement platform that allows researchers to continuously monitor the GFW’s DNS filtering behavior.
2021-11-04 | By: Hoàng Nguyên Phong

Open Technology Fund Announces 2020/2021 Internet Freedom Fund (IFF) Advisory Council Cohort


Request for Proposal for OTF Rapid Response Fund


Request for Proposal for OTF Secure Usability and Accessibility Lab


2019 ICFP Wrap Up

OTF’s sixth class of Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) fellows is a diverse group that is comprised of civil society and social science researchers, computer scientists and engineers. With the cohort’s fellowships completed, we’d like to highlight these fellows and the accomplishments they achieved during their time as ICFP fellows.

Investigative Series on Xinjiang Detention Camps Wins Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting

An investigative series funded by Open Technology Fund brought to light the scale of China’s internment of Uyghurs.
2021-06-17 | By: Jason Aul

Understanding India’s Troubling Rise in Internet Shutdowns

ICFP fellow Kris Ruijgrok examines the motivations and decision-making processes behind the recent trend

Open Technology Fund is hiring - Join the OTF team!


OTF to Accept Applications (May 17-June 30, 2021) for Information Controls Fellowship Program

Apply by June 30, 2021 to join OTF’s eighth ICFP fellowship cohort

Join the OTF Team!


A Call for More Expansive and Holistic Digital Security Training Materials

DIFP fellow Tawanda Mugari’s work in rural Zimbabwe reveals glaring gaps in training coverage - particularly for children of at-risk adults

Securing Critical Infrastructure

OTF launched the Core Infrastructure fund in 2015 to make sure internet freedom tools runs on secure internet infrastructure they can rely on. As part of our revamp, we simplified our intake process, and while CIF will no longer have it's own application, it still remains an important area of work for us. In this blog post we outline why.
2021-04-08 | By: Tara Tarakiyee

IFF Application Update #2

In this blog post we will explain our reasoning behind adding categories, removing deadlines, and debuting our concept note walkthrough video.

TikTok vs Douyin - A Security and Privacy Analysis

2021-03-23 | By: Pellaeon Lin

OTF is Accepting Applications for the Internet Freedom Fund + Single Button Apply

OTF is extremely pleased to announce that we are reopening our Internet Freedom Fund for applications.

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