Save Internet Freedom: Support the Open Technology Fund

Global internet freedom is more important than ever before, but the current administration in the United States is threatening to dismantle the Open Technology Fund - the most effective tool Congress has in the fight to safeguard the internet as a secure democratic space.

The US Agency for Global Media, under the leadership of new CEO Michael Pack, is currently withholding $20 million in Congressionally allocated internet freedom funds from OTF. As a result, on July 31, OTF was forced to halt 49 of its 60 internet freedom projects, impacting 80% of the organization's critical work helping human rights advocates, journalists, and members of the most vulnerable communities. This forced cutoff jeopardizes the lives of millions of people worldwide who depend on OTF-supported tools to access the internet and news, and threatens the livelihood of countless individuals who rely on funding from OTF to help promote internet freedom.

You can help. The internet freedom community has organized a relief fund through Open Collective to provide bridge funds to OTF projects whose contracts are now frozen.

Donate to #SaveInternetFreedom today. Take action now to ensure people around the world are still able to speak, think, and worship freely online.

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    Open Culture Foundation

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    Google

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    Taiwan Association for Human Rights

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    UC Berkeley Human Rights Center

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    Stanford University

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    Harvard Kennedy School

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    Internet Freedom Festival Advisory Board

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    Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)

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    Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

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    Open Technology Institute

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    Rutgers University

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    Stanford Global Digital Policy Incubator

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    China Labour Bulletin

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    ISOC Hong Kong

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    Citizen Lab

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    Durham University

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    BBC

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    University of California Irvine

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    Myanmar People Alliance (Shan State)

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    University of California Davis

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    My future

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    Mozilla Foundation

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    Coworker

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    Microsoft

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    Media Democracy Fund

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    Citizen Lab

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    Carnegie Mellon University

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    FreeNet Ukraine Coalition

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    DATACTIVE Research Group at University of Amsterdam

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    University of Iowa

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    Digital Democracy Project, Demand Progress Education Fund

  • Emmanuele Somma

    Partito Pirata in Italia (President of the Permanent Congress)

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    Digital Security Lab Ukraine

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    Freedom of the Press Foundation

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    University of California, Irvine

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    Microsoft Research

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    Internet Systems Consortium

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    ARTICLE 19

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    China Digital Times

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    Wikimedia Foundation, CEO

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    Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

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    Grant for the Web

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    UC Berkeley

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    Digital Security Lab Ukraine

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    Mozilla

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    Index on Censorship

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    Former BBG Governor

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    Center for Digital Resilience

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    Azerbaijan Internet Watch

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    Simon Fraser University

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    The Citizen Lab, University of Toronto

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    Arizona State University

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    University of Colorado at Boulder

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    Annenberg School for Communication

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    University of Denver

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    Google

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    Sorbonne Université, LIP6

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    The Tor Project

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    Red Hat

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    Aspiration Tech

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    GNOME

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    UC Berkeley, cLabs

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    Global Voices

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    United for Iran

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    GitHub

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    Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

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    Internet Archive

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    National Taiwan University

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    Tufts University

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    The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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    Lookout & The Hering Foundation

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    Reset

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    Tufts University

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    Citizen Lab

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    Young Feminist Fund (FRIDA), Young Feminist Collective (Ghana)

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    Internet Society Hong Kong

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    CUNY Law

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    ETH Zurich

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    IFF

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    Front Line Defenders

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    UMass-Amherst

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    Citizen Lab

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    Open Collective

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    Free Press Action

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    Professor, University of California, Irvine

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    University of Cambridge

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    Red Hat

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    Tufts University

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    Thai Netizen Network

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

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    National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

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    Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

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    Stanford Center for Internet and Society

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    Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University

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    Access Now

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    HTW Berlin

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    Software Freedom Law Center

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    Global Voices

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    Freelance journalist

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    Derechos Digitales

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    School of Information, UC Berkeley

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    The Tor Project

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    Tibet Action Institute

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    OCCRP

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    Access Now

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    Council on Foreign Relations

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    Center for Democracy & Technology

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    Harvard University

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    Access Now

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    ICANN

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    Citizen Lab

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    Ranking Digital Rights

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    SIDN fund/Leiden university

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    Center for Media at Risk at the University of Pennsylvania

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    UCI

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    Superrr

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    Georgetown University Law Center

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    Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality

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    Progressive Change Institute

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    DigitalOcean

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    Bahrain rights

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    SMEX

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    UC Irvine

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    EDGE Funders Alliance

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    UC Berkeley Human Rights Center

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    HACKFund.com

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    SaveNET - Internet Freedom for Vietnam

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    Princeton University

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    Universidad de San Marcos-Lima-Peru

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    OTF Advisory Council

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    University of Michigan

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    Open Technology Fund

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    National Lawyers Guild

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