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Counterpower Lab

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 circumvention tools; (2) exploring new circumvention directions; (3) experimenting with innovative technical solutions to distribute tools and censored contents back to users in hostile Internet environments; and (4) conducting outreach and collaboration with other Internet freedom community projects to expand adoption of circumvention technologies.

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Funding to date

2012 $600,000 12 months
2013 $600,000 12 months
2014 $460,000 12 months
2016 $300,000 7 months

Total Funding: $1,960,000

Addressed problems

  • Restrictive Internet filtering by technical methods (IP blocking, DNS filtering, TCP RST, DPI, etc.)
  • Repressive surveillance or monitoring of communication


  • Technology development


  • Academia
  • Technologists

Region(s) archive

  • Global

Technology attributes

  • Application deployment
  • Desktop client
  • Mobile application (clientside)
  • Wireless Communication
  • Anonymity

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