Projects

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.

Technology focus

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.

Technology focus

Bazaar will build a complete distribution ecosystem for Internet freedom tools that provides secure, streamlined tools for developers and organizations, while providing an easy “app store” experience with built-in circumvention

Briar is an open­source, decentralized, encrypted messaging system that is designed for human rights activists, journalists, and anyone who needs a safe and easy way to communicate when Internet connectivity is uncertain.

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

To better understand internet censorship, shutdowns and other forms of information controls in Iran, this project will use innovative methods to document ongoing and event based information controls in Iran.

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The Tibetan community has been under siege from malware and other targeted online attacks for years; the Tibetan exile capital of Dharamsala, India is perhaps the global epicenter of malware attack

Technology focus

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

LEAP is a non-profit dedicated to giving all internet users access to secure communication. Their focus is on adapting encryption technology to make it easy to use and widely available.

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

Through this project, SecondMuse is applying a human-centered design approach to better understand the needs of activists in the MENA region, specifically Tunisian journalists.

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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.

Technology focus

With a lack of accessible information about complex technology issues underlying privacy and security, users have few resources to be discerning about their communication choices.

The OpenNet Africa initiative (www.opennetafrica.org) 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.

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 with repressive regimes.

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 possible through compartmentalization.

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

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Serval allows users to communicate when the usual mobile phone network is unavailable, as in disaster situations or political unrest that result in communication blackouts.

Technology focus

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.

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.

Tails provides a platform to solve many digital threats by “doing the right thing” out of the box by default, protecting even less tech-savvy users from the most likely and highest impact risks.

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

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This project aims to improve the overall distribution of Tor Bridges. This includes working to improve the robustness, scalability, and maintainability of the distribution systems.

Technology focus

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.

Internet activists, journalists, human rights advocates, and many others in Yemen are now largely unable to access the Internet due to escalation of the ongoing conflict.

Technology focus