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 fundsfrom 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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    Red Hat

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    National Taiwan University

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    University of Michigan

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    FreeNet Ukraine Coalition

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

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    Tufts University

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    Digital Security Lab Ukraine

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    Center for Democracy & Technology

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    Bahrain rights

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    Stanford University

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    Princeton University

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    OCCRP

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

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    Digital Security Lab Ukraine

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    The Citizen Lab, University of Toronto

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    Digital Democracy Project, Demand Progress Education Fund

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    Lookout & The Hering Foundation

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    Superrr

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    University of California Irvine

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    Tibet Action Institute

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    HTW Berlin

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    Universidad de San Marcos-Lima-Peru

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    Center for Media at Risk at the University of Pennsylvania

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    Harvard Kennedy School

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    Coworker

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    SaveNET - Internet Freedom for Vietnam

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    Global Voices

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    University of California, Irvine

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    Citizen Lab

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    IFF

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    Sorbonne Université, LIP6

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    UMass-Amherst

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    Derechos Digitales

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    Tufts University

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    Board member Open Knowledge Foundation Germany

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    Durham University

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    Internet Society Hong Kong

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University

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    Free Press Action

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    UC Irvine

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    Arizona State University

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    EDGE Funders Alliance

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    Global Voices

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    ISOC Hong Kong

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    The Tor Project

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    Professor, University of California, Irvine

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    ETH Zurich

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    University of California Davis

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    UC Berkeley Human Rights Center

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    University of Cambridge

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    UC Berkeley Human Rights Center

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    Grant for the Web

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    Aspiration Tech

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    Partito Pirata in Italia (President of the Permanent Congress)

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    Progressive Change Institute

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    Citizen Lab

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    Index on Censorship

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    DATACTIVE Research Group at University of Amsterdam

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    The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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    University of Colorado at Boulder

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    China Digital Times

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    Thai Netizen Network

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    Citizen Lab

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    Citizen Lab

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    Azerbaijan Internet Watch

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    Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

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    Simon Fraser University

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    China Labour Bulletin

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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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    GNOME

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    CUNY Law

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    Internet Systems Consortium

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    Tufts University

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    Access Now

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    Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

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    Google

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    GitHub

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    Georgetown University Law Center

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    UCI

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    Stanford Center for Internet and Society

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    Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality

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    UC Berkeley

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    United for Iran

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    Software Freedom Law Center

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    Microsoft

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    Reset

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    OTF Advisory Council

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    BBC

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    Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)

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    Open Technology Institute

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    Microsoft Research

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    Internet Freedom Festival Advisory Board

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    SMEX

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    Freedom of the Press Foundation

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    Media Democracy Fund

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    Harvard University

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    Annenberg School for Communication

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    Open Collective

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    School of Information, UC Berkeley

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    HACKFund.com

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    Citizen Lab

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    My future

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    Mozilla Foundation

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    National Lawyers Guild

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    Google

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    ARTICLE 19

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    DigitalOcean

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    Rutgers University

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    Former BBG Governor

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    Taiwan Association for Human Rights

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    Open Culture Foundation

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    Internet Archive

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    Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

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    Center for Digital Resilience

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    Council on Foreign Relations

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    University of Iowa

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    ICANN

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    University of Denver

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