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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    Red Hat

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    UCI

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    Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

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    Rutgers University

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    ISOC Hong Kong

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    Microsoft

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    University of California Davis

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    Google

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    ETH Zurich

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    Open Technology Fund

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    University of Denver

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    GNOME

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    Annenberg School for Communication

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    DATACTIVE Research Group at University of Amsterdam

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    Citizen Lab

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    UC Berkeley Human Rights Center

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    CUNY Law

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    Lookout & The Hering Foundation

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    Free Press Action

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    Citizen Lab

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    University of Iowa

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    SIDN fund/Leiden university

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    Partito Pirata in Italia (President of the Permanent Congress)

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    EDGE Funders Alliance

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    China Digital Times

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    Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)

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    Stanford Center for Internet and Society

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    Open Technology Institute

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    Software Freedom Law Center

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    Tibet Action Institute

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    Digital Security Lab Ukraine

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    Ranking Digital Rights

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    Center for Democracy & Technology

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    The Tor Project

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    Progressive Change Institute

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    China Labour Bulletin

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    University of Michigan

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    HTW Berlin

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    Internet Society Hong Kong

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    Universidad de San Marcos-Lima-Peru

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    Access Now

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    Arizona State University

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    National Taiwan University

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    Simon Fraser University

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    SMEX

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    FreeNet Ukraine Coalition

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    Durham University

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    Taiwan Association for Human Rights

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    UMass-Amherst

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    UC Berkeley Human Rights Center

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    School of Information, UC Berkeley

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    Azerbaijan Internet Watch

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    The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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    University of California Irvine

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