Results

Impact and outcomes

Nearly 2 billion people regularly use OTF-supported technologies right now to circumvent online censorship and increase their digital security


They are:

  • Netizens leaping over China’s Great Firewall
  • Cubans accessing alternative media on the island
  • Activists avoiding repressive surveillance in Iran
  • Protesters circumventing internet shutdowns in Turkey
  • Journalists staying safe online in Russia

Demand is growing as internet censorship worsens globally

  • Since our start in 2012, OTF has reviewed and responded to over 1,500 requests for support totaling more than $250 million
  • In 2016 alone, OTF reviewed and responded to over 650 requests for support totaling nearly $85 million, a 43% increase in support requests from the year prior

OTF has provided Rapid Response assistance for digital emergencies in places including

  • Iran
  • Azerbaijan
  • Vietnam
  • Uganda
  • Bahrain
  • Myanmar
  • Sudan
  • Mexico
  • Rwanda
  • Thailand
  • Pakistan
  • The Gambia
  • Tibet

Supporting projects that advance a free and open internet


OTF supports efforts that focus on
1. enabling circumvention of a restricted internet;
2. increasing awareness of access, privacy, or security threats;
3. enhancing privacy for at-risk users; and
4. improving security against threats to internet safety

Building a foundation in priority regions


OTF fellows are fostering in-country civil society technology expertise in Nigeria, Venezuela, Indonesia, Colombia, Zimbabwe, and Pakistan, among other locales

Expanding a global user base


OTF’s Localization Lab is translating 60 tools through the collaboration of over 4,600 volunteers contributing to the submission and verification of more than half a million translated words into over 240 languages and dialects

Prioritizing strong digital security


OTF has supported 77 security audits for internet freedom projects, identifying and patching 1,870 privacy and security vulnerabilities total

Understanding and overcoming censorship


OTF fellows and projects are conducting research and measurement of censorship mechanisms and events, informing the development of more effective circumvention tools


Leveraging funds


OTF has formally or informally directed nearly $40m of non-public funds into the internet freedom space

Expert Collaboration and Oversight


OTF leverages an advisory council of global representatives from academia, industry, and civil society who bring with them deep knowledge of both technology development and human rights to identify and support innovative techniques that ensure unfettered access to the internet and mobile communications


Annual Reports

OTF’s annual report serves as a thorough introduction to the program, its goals, and its existing and future commitments to the larger internet freedom community. The report highlights important facets of OTF’s work and the projects OTF supports – including their accomplishments and ongoing work. The report provides the public with a deep look inside OTF’s internal processes, while also introducing OTF’s anticipated future work.

* Download the full FY 2015 Annual Report
* Download the full FY 2014 Annual Report
* Download the full FY 2013 Annual Report
* Download the full FY 2012 Annual Report

Monthly Reports

Every month, OTF publishes a report recapping the most notable highlights and achievements from OTF’s supported projects and fellows.

2017
* April
* March
* February
* January

2016
* December
* November
* October
* September
* August
* July
* June
* May
* April
* March
* February
* January

2015
* December
* November
* October
* September
* August
* July
* June
* May
* April
* March
* February
* January