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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    Digital Security Lab Ukraine

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    My future

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    University of California Davis

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    Durham University

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    Bahrain rights

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    Citizen Lab

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    Annenberg School for Communication

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    Center for Democracy & Technology

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    ETH Zurich

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    Stanford Global Digital Policy Incubator

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    Digital Democracy Project, Demand Progress Education Fund

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    Partito Pirata in Italia (President of the Permanent Congress)

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    Myanmar People Alliance (Shan State)

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    Center for Media at Risk at the University of Pennsylvania

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    Citizen Lab

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    Internet Society Hong Kong

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    Red Hat

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    University of Iowa

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    Freedom of the Press Foundation

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    Citizen Lab

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    Tufts University

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    Rutgers University

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    UC Berkeley Human Rights Center

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    BBC

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    CUNY Law

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    Tufts University

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    Front Line Defenders

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    National Lawyers Guild

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    Media Democracy Fund

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    Open Technology Institute

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    Professor, University of California, Irvine

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    University of Denver

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    Stanford University

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    Council on Foreign Relations

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    Open Collective

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    Index on Censorship

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    Access Now

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    Free Press Action

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    Stanford Center for Internet and Society

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    SaveNET - Internet Freedom for Vietnam

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    SIDN fund/Leiden university

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    Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

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    DATACTIVE Research Group at University of Amsterdam

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    University of California, Irvine

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    Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)

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    Taiwan Association for Human Rights

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    OCCRP

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    Internet Freedom Festival Advisory Board

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    Harvard University

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    Carnegie Mellon University

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    OTF Advisory Council

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    University of Michigan

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    Mozilla

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    The Citizen Lab, University of Toronto

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

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    Access Now

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    Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    Internet Archive

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    Tibet Action Institute

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    Open Technology Fund

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    ICANN

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    UC Berkeley Human Rights Center

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    Grant for the Web

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    The Tor Project

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    ISOC Hong Kong

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    Center for Digital Resilience

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    Internet Systems Consortium

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    GitHub

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    ARTICLE 19

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    GNOME

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    Aspiration Tech

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    Princeton University

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    Global Voices

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    Derechos Digitales

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    Ranking Digital Rights

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    United for Iran

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    UMass-Amherst

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    Software Freedom Law Center

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    Lookout & The Hering Foundation

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    The Tor Project

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    National Taiwan University

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    Co-founder, Tidelift; board member emeritus, Open Source Initiative

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    University of Cambridge

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    School of Information, UC Berkeley

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    Board member Open Knowledge Foundation Germany

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    The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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    Sorbonne Université, LIP6

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    Microsoft

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    SMEX

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    UC Berkeley, cLabs

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    Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality

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    Citizen Lab

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    Thai Netizen Network

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    IFF

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    Google

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    FreeNet Ukraine Coalition

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    UC Irvine

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    DigitalOcean

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    Mozilla Foundation

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    National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

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    Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

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    Progressive Change Institute

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    Simon Fraser University

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    Digital Security Lab Ukraine

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    Wikimedia Foundation, CEO

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    Open Culture Foundation

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    Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

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    China Digital Times

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    University of Colorado at Boulder

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    EDGE Funders Alliance

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    Harvard Kennedy School

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    Universidad de San Marcos-Lima-Peru

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    HACKFund.com

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    Google

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    UC Berkeley

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    Georgetown University Law Center

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    University of California Irvine

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    HTW Berlin

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    China Labour Bulletin

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