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

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

Working with the University of California-Berkeley’s Anti-Censorship Lab and Incubator, the project develops censorship detection and circumvention tools with a focus on China.

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.

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.

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


NoScript is a popular privacy and security enhancing browser extension for Mozilla Firefox and is pre-installed in the Tor Browser.

Technology focus

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Security First is building a mobile application, ‘Umbrella’, that provides all the information needed for a human rights defender to operate safely.