Here follows a selection of projects the the Open Technology Fund has supported.

This project aims to improve the state of current standards used for multi-party encrypted instant messaging.

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This project aims to find a solution to some of the disconnects between tool developers, digital security trainers, and end-users in the Internet freedom community.

In many repressive countries USB data transfer is the most common method of transferring information but presents significant security concerns.

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Cryptocat is a web application that aims to provide an open source, browser-based communication environment with security that is comparable to desktop-based encrypted chat applications.

Tor bridges are Tor relays that aren’t listed in the main Tor directory. They are a step forward in the blocking resistance race.

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Working with the Berkeley Anti-Censorship Lab and Incubator, the project will expand the Lab’s test-bed to mobility-based tools and proliferate the development of new security tools.

GlobaLeaks is the first open-source whistleblowing framework. It empowers anyone to easily set up and maintain a whistleblowing platform.

It is expected that heavier information controls will be imposed around political events such as an election, when access to information is highly critical.

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To better understand online information controls in Iran, this project will use network measurement tools to track and document ongoing and event based information controls in Iran.

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Magic Folders will be a safer, free and open source alternative to existing cloud storage solutions that people in repressive countries can use to collaborate and to share their work.

Mailvelope facilitates email encryption for users of browser based email providers.

Journalists and human rights defenders face grave threats to themselves and to their sources that trust them with their stories.

This project will build a new software client for M­-Lab testing by developing a browser extension or similar software integration for one or more of the popular open source browsers.

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NoScript is a popular privacy and security enhancing browser extension for Mozilla Firefox and is pre-installed in the Tor Browser, an OTF supported project, to increase the online safety of people

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The OpenNet Africa initiative ( by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) is documenting internet rights violations, reviewing cybe

Proxy Looking Glass (PLG) aims to build a safe, feasible alternative for technical data collection for forensic analysis of attacks, intrusions, interference or censorship events inside countries w

Qubes OS is a security-focused free and open source operating system that tries to secure typical workflows through controlled interaction and minimize the attack surface for adversaries as much as

Satori provides tamper-resistant downloads of circumvention and security tools often blocked in repressive countries, such as Iran and China.

SecondMuse is an innovation and collaboration agency. They co-create prosperity by applying the art and science of collaboration to solve complex problems.


Subgraph OS is a desktop operating system that is designed to be both usable for non-technical users and secure against active interference and targeted attacks.

Armies of online drones, compromised social network accounts, and surrogate users known as “Internet sock puppets” are used to drown out the voice of the voiceless.

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Transparency Toolkit is open source software that lets journalists, activists, and human rights workers chain together tools to collect, combine, visualize, and analyze documents and data.

This project will support a resource center for circumvention & digital security for the average Vietnamese netizen; the No Firewall online platform to continue to loca