Open Technology Fund (OTF): Inviting applications for ‘The Internet Freedom Fund’ to support projects and people working on open and accessible technology-centric projects that promote human rights, internet freedom, open societies, and help advance inclusive and safe access to global communications networks for at-risk users including journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, and every-day people living within repressive environments who wish to speak freely online.

Funding brief: The Internet Freedom Fund is OTF’s primary way to support projects and people working on open and accessible technology-centric projects that promote human rights, internet freedom, open societies, and help advance inclusive and safe access to global communications networks for at-risk users including journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, and every-day people living within repressive environments who wish to speak freely online.

Through the Internet Freedom Fund, OTF strives to uphold and increase capacity for individuals, organizations, and companies who support technology-centered efforts that aim to strengthen internet freedom and promote human rights by circumventing repressive censorship and surveillance, improving related digital security capabilities, and contributing to the overall health of the internet.

Ideal Internet Freedom Fund applicants are:
● Open in nature and collaborative;
● From within communities affected by censorship or are co-designing and co-developing with them;
● Promoting a deeper understanding of internet freedom challenges and limitations;
● Solving a currently unaddressed challenge or preempting an emerging one; and/or
● Are actively maintaining technologies demanded and utilized by people on the front lines of the world’s most repressive environments.

Ideal applications for this fund are focused on:
● Creating new open source circumvention technologies that fill a current need of targeted users;
● Improving the security, usability, and adoptability of existing open source internet freedom technologies;
● Providing new or deeper insights into the challenges of front-line communities that ultimately contribute to the improvement of technological solutions;
● Projects that emphasize applied research;
● Research that focuses on real-time monitoring and analysis of both technical and political threats to internet freedom, including network interference and shutdowns;
● New content redistribution methods able to reintroduce content behind firewalls, or similar services;
● Making targeted communities more resilient to digital attacks via customized solutions;
● Creating new open source circumvention technologies that fill a current need of targeted users;
● Next-generation tools that move beyond traditional “cat-and-mouse” circumvention techniques;

Donor Name: Open Technology Fund (OTF)
Funding name: The Internet Freedom Fund

Deadline: March, 1st, 2018

Funding details link: https://www.opentech.fund/requests/internet-freedom-fund

Funding limit:
● Candidates can apply for up to $900,000 and no less than $10,000 for a year long contract. Note, however, that OTF’s target support ceiling is $300,000, with most supported efforts receiving between $50,000 and $200,000.
● Applications that request more than the award ceiling of $900,000 or less than the award floor of $10,000 may be deemed technically ineligible. Note that OTF’s target support ceiling is $300,000, with most supported efforts receiving between $50,000 and $200,000.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: OTF awards are generally 6 to 18 months in duration. From time to time, OTF may consider requests to extend existing contracts beyond previously agreed upon durations. Any such decision will be subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the applicants, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of program priorities.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: Ideal applicants are making use of, support, or develop open and accessible technologies promoting human rights and open societies, and help advance inclusive and safe access to global communications networks. In addition, ideal applicants meet one or more of the following:
● Individuals of all ages irrespective of nationality, residency, creed, gender, or other factors, with the exception that OTF is not able to support applicants within countries that the United States has trade restrictions or export sanctions as determined by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC);
● Non-profit organization/non-government organization, including U.S.-based NGO, PIO, or foreign NGO;
● Non-profit university or research institution in any country;
● For-profit organization or business in any country;
● Consortia of multiple people or organizations with one individual or organization designated as the lead applicant;
● Have demonstrated experience administering successful projects, preferably targeting the requested program area, or similarly challenging program environments where OTF reserves the right to request additional background information on organizations;
● Ideal applicants should not duplicate or simply add to efforts supported by other USG funding programs;
● Ideal applicants must not reflect any type of support for any member, affiliate, or representative of a designated terrorist organization, whether or not elected members of government.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: https://www.opentech.fund/apply/concept-note?field_application_request=3625
● Example template: https://www.opentech.fund/sites/default/files/page_attachment/otf_contract_template_final_0.pdf

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (https://www.opentech.fund/apply/concept-note?field_application_request=3625).


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