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

While email is used and relied on by one third of the world’s population, it remains very vulnerable to a variety of surveillance methods.

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This project aims to enable those in the MENA region to bypass Internet censorship by providing dedicated Arabic language user support for widely used circumvention tools.

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

Clatter is a suite of extremely lightweight and standalone libraries, which aims to create common protocols and standards for existing projects to add in secure nearby communication without having

Working with the University of California-Berkeley’s Anti-Censorship Lab and Incubator, the project is focused on (1) researching and developing user-friendly, high-performance and secure circumven

For over 20 years, the Belarusian civil society and particularly human rights defenders have been operating in an increasingly restrictive environment.

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K-9 Mail is the go-to mobile secure email application for Internet Freedom defenders globally.

The project will significantly improve the sustainability and cross platform compatibility of the OONI-probe platform.

Afro-columbian and rural communities in Colombia are under frequent surveillance for their efforts to promote their rights.

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Net Alert will bring together well respected researchers in the circumvention tech space to investigate targeted digital attacks against at-risk populations.


NetBlocks ( is a modular technology framework for transparent internet governance and real-time monitoring of network controls.

Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) is founding the first 24/7, free, and confidential support service for anyone experiencing online harassment in Pakistan.

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Ooni-probe, the Open Observatory of Networking Interference, is an open source network testing framework and associated tests for detecting internet censorship.

Open Integrity is a platform allowing the collaborative fact-checking of software security and privacy claims.

The OpenNet Africa initiative ( by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) is documenting internet rights violations, reviewing cyber security policies and their impact on internet freedom, promoting information availability and creating awareness about internet freedom, with a focus on Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

The Rights Action Lab is focused on building the capabilities of three Tibetan civil society organizations (CSOs) so they can better respond to emergency response situations quickly and effectively

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Serval allows users to communicate when the usual mobile phone network is unavailable, as in disaster situations, remote areas without infrastructure or political unrest that results in communicat

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SourcesDB is an open-source annotation tool and database for social media sources that gives a rich view of metadata that can help establish the credibility of a given account.

The project will carry out a detailed comparative study of information controls in the Gambia, Rwanda, Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo - countries with various forms of repressive governments. The study focuses on periods around elections.

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

The Guardian Project aims to create easy to use apps, open-source firmware MODs, and customized, commercial mobile phones that can be used and deployed around the world, by any person looking to pr

The Tor BSD Diversity Project (TDP) is an initiative seeking to extend the use of the BSD Unix operating systems in the Tor public anonymitynetwork.

For the past ten years, the Tor Project has been providing the world with technology and research essential to protecting privacy and freedom of speech online.

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.

‘Umbrella’ is a mobile app that seeks to provide all the information needed for a human rights defender to operate safely.

This project builds on existing work to scale up the capacity of the existing Viet Tan helpdesk and launch a public awareness campaigns to target Vietnam’s Facebook users, inclusive of journalists,

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