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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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    Center for Digital Resilience

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    The Tor Project

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    SMEX

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    Arizona State University

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    Ranking Digital Rights

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    DATACTIVE Research Group at University of Amsterdam

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    Harvard University

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    Rutgers University

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    Simon Fraser University

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    Carnegie Mellon University

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    Open Technology Institute

  • Paul Dourish

    University of California, Irvine

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    Access Now

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    Free Press Action

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    GNOME

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    Tufts University

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    Board member Open Knowledge Foundation Germany

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    Citizen Lab

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    United for Iran

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    UC Berkeley Human Rights Center

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    UCI

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    University of California Irvine

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    HTW Berlin

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    Taiwan Association for Human Rights

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    Freelance journalist

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    Mozilla

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    Superrr

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    UC Berkeley, cLabs

  • Michael Meehan

    Former BBG Governor

  • Rebecca MacKinnon

  • Nehalenniæ OUDIN

    Sorbonne Université, LIP6

  • Li-Lun Wang

    Google

  • Juan Rivera Palomino

    Universidad de San Marcos-Lima-Peru

  • Dongfang Han

    China Labour Bulletin

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    Thai Netizen Network

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    GitHub

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    CUNY Law

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    University of Denver

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    Reset

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    Myanmar People Alliance (Shan State)

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    My future

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    National Lawyers Guild

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    Princeton University

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    SIDN fund/Leiden university

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    The Tor Project

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    Durham University

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    UC Irvine

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    Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University

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    IFF

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    Center for Democracy & Technology

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    School of Information, UC Berkeley

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    Stanford Global Digital Policy Incubator

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    ICANN

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    Georgetown University Law Center

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    Progressive Change Institute

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    Citizen Lab

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    FreeNet Ukraine Coalition

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    Derechos Digitales

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    Red Hat

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    Open Technology Fund (Disputed)

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    EDGE Funders Alliance

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    Bahrain rights

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    Tufts University

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    Citizen Lab

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    ARTICLE 19

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    Internet Systems Consortium

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    Stanford Center for Internet and Society

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    Digital Democracy Project, Demand Progress Education Fund

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    University of Colorado at Boulder

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    Software Freedom Law Center

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    Partito Pirata in Italia (President of the Permanent Congress)

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    Index on Censorship

  • Jonathan Nelson

    HACKFund.com

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    National Taiwan University

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    UC Berkeley Human Rights Center

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    Front Line Defenders

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    Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

  • Todd Davies

    Stanford University

  • Francesca Musiani

    National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

  • Lokman Tsui

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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    Internet Freedom Festival Advisory Board

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    Azerbaijan Internet Watch

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    Citizen Lab

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    Access Now

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    Freedom of the Press Foundation

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    Council on Foreign Relations

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    Digital Security Lab Ukraine

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    Wikimedia Foundation, CEO

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    Harvard Kennedy School

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    Digital Security Lab Ukraine

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    Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)

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    Mozilla Foundation

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    Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality

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    University of Cambridge

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    Global Voices

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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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    Aspiration Tech

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    SaveNET - Internet Freedom for Vietnam

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    Microsoft

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    Annenberg School for Communication

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    Global Voices

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    Internet Society Hong Kong

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    Open Culture Foundation

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

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    Access Now

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    Citizen Lab

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    Google

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    Lookout & The Hering Foundation

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    Grant for the Web

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    Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

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    Red Hat

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    Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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    DigitalOcean

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    The Citizen Lab, University of Toronto

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    Internet Archive

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    OTF Advisory Council

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    University of Michigan

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    UMass-Amherst

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    Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

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    ETH Zurich

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    Professor, University of California, Irvine

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    Tibet Action Institute

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    University of Iowa

  • Tessa Menatian

    Media Democracy Fund

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

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    Microsoft Research

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    China Digital Times

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    Open Collective

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    UC Berkeley

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    BBC

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    Center for Media at Risk at the University of Pennsylvania

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    Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

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    Tufts University

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    Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

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    ISOC Hong Kong

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    University of California Davis

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