2 billion people


regularly use OTF-supported technologies right now to circumvent online censorship and increase their digital security

  • Netizens leaping over China‚Äôs Great Firewall
  • Cubans accessing alternative media on the island
  • Activists avoiding repressive surveillance in Iran
  • Protesters circumventing internet shutdowns in Turkey
  • Journalists staying safe online in Russia

Demand is growing as internet censorship worsens globally

OTF since 2012

3,500

Requests received

$450M

Total support requested

2017

750

Requests received

$100M

Total support requested

2018
Most competitive year

1,100

Requests received

$110M

Total support requested

Rapid Response Assistance

OTF has provided Rapid Response assistance for digital emergencies in more than 20 places in the world.

Iran
Myanmar
Thailand
Azerbaijan
Sudan
Pakistan
Vietnam
Mexico
The Gambia
Uganda
Rwanda
Tibet
Bahrain

Advancing a free and open internet


  • Enabling circumvention of a restricted internet
  • Increasing awareness of access, privacy, or security threats
  • Enhancing privacy for at-risk users
  • Increasing awareness of access, privacy, or security threats

Prioritizing strong digital security


  • 85

    Security audits

  • 2000

    Security patches

  • Expanding a global user base


    Localization Lab ensures diverse language access for people all around the world.

  • 75

    Projects translated

  • 6,500

    volunteers

  • 240

    languages & dialects

  • 1M+

    Translated words

  • Leveraging Funds


  • $40m

    non-public funds directed

  • Fellows supporting communities with expertise

    Nigeria
    Colombia
    Pakistan
    Venezuela
    Malaysia
    Ukraine
    Indonesia
    Zimbabwe

    Expert Collaboration and Oversight


    OTF leverages an advisory council of global representatives from academia, industry, and civil society.

  • 35+

    advisory council members

  • 1042

    projects received

  • Analyzing and overcoming internet censorship


    OTF supports publicly available tools for near real-time monitoring and measurement of censorship worldwide - helping inform the development of more effective circumvention tools.