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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.

Using the HTTPS protocol, and using it correctly, is a vital protection for journalists and media outlets, activists, lawyers, and other vulnerable communities around the world.

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

While almost everyone on the internet relies on the Domain Name System (DNS), which translates from user-friendly hostnames to IP addresses, it also leaks a tremendous amount of information about u

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


The Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) is one of the largest gatherings in the world that brings together activists, journalists, developers, humanitarian workers and others working on Internet freedo

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

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

Core issues: 

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


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


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

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


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

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.

Core issues: 

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.

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.

Tor Metrics is the central mechanism The Tor Project uses to evaluate the functionality and ongoing relevance of these access and security technologies to the internet freedom community.

Core issues: 

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.

‘Umbrella’ is a mobile app that seeks to provide all the information needed for journalists, sources, human rights defenders and other at risk individuals to operate safely.

Core issues: 

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,