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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    SIDN fund/Leiden university

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    Georgetown University Law Center

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    UC Irvine

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    Microsoft Research

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    School of Information, UC Berkeley

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    Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

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    Red Hat

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    UC Berkeley

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    Simon Fraser University

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    Google

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    Software Freedom Law Center

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    Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

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    Myanmar People Alliance (Shan State)

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    Front Line Defenders

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    Arizona State University

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    National Lawyers Guild

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    Princeton University

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    Citizen Lab

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    Harvard University

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    Partito Pirata in Italia (President of the Permanent Congress)

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    CUNY Law

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    National Taiwan University

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    Aspiration Tech

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    National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

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    Stanford Center for Internet and Society

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    University of Michigan

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    Universidad de San Marcos-Lima-Peru

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    EDGE Funders Alliance

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    Rutgers University

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    GNOME

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    University of Iowa

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    University of Cambridge

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    UMass-Amherst

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    Harvard Kennedy School

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    Mozilla Foundation

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

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    Sorbonne Université, LIP6

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    The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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    Center for Digital Resilience

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    Council on Foreign Relations

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    DigitalOcean

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    DATACTIVE Research Group at University of Amsterdam

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    UCI

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    UC Berkeley, cLabs

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    The Tor Project

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    Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

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    Digital Security Lab Ukraine

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    Index on Censorship

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    Citizen Lab

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    OCCRP

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    Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

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    SMEX

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    Carnegie Mellon University

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    Derechos Digitales

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    Internet Freedom Festival Advisory Board

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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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    The Tor Project

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    Open Technology Institute

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    Digital Democracy Project, Demand Progress Education Fund

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    Progressive Change Institute

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    Global Voices

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    Durham University

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    Global Voices

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    UC Berkeley Human Rights Center

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    ISOC Hong Kong

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    University of California, Irvine

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    Stanford Global Digital Policy Incubator

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    Internet Society Hong Kong

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    Open Culture Foundation

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    BBC

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    Microsoft

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    Taiwan Association for Human Rights

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    University of Denver

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    University of Colorado at Boulder

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    Wikimedia Foundation, CEO

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    United for Iran

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    HTW Berlin

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    Access Now

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    Access Now

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    Open Technology Fund (Disputed)

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    Tufts University

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    Mozilla

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    Thai Netizen Network

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    FreeNet Ukraine Coalition

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    Center for Media at Risk at the University of Pennsylvania

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    SaveNET - Internet Freedom for Vietnam

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    Digital Security Lab Ukraine

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    Open Collective

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    IFF

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    The Citizen Lab, University of Toronto

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    ETH Zurich

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    UC Berkeley Human Rights Center

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    China Digital Times

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    Google

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    Tufts University

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    Annenberg School for Communication

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    University of California Davis

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