Open Technology Fund
What is the Open Technology Fund?
Often abbreviated to OTF, the Open Technology Fund is a US Government-funded program designed to support global internet freedom technology companies. Created in 2012 at Radio Free Asia, the fund has reviewed and responded to over 1,500 requests for support since its launch.
Where have you heard about the Open Technology Fund?
Since its creation, the OTF has received a lot of media attention. The idea of the fund was the result of a policy advocated by Hillary Clinton and in 2014, it worked with Google and Dropbox to create Simply Secure.
What you need to know about the Open Technology Fund.
The primary purpose of the OTF is to circumvent online censorship and increase digital security. The team/community behind the OTF consists of over 40 people from all over the world. The bi-lingual team can speak more than 10 languages and are currently supporting over 100 projects. Today, almost 2 billion people use OTF-supported technologies on a regular basis with recent key OTF achievements including enabling Cubans to access alternative media on the island, circumventing internet shut-downs in Turkey and allowing journalists to stay safe online in Russia.