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Internet Freedom Annual Program Statement

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted October 18, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on November 8, 2020

In support of the U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace, DRL’s goal is to protect the open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet by promoting fundamental freedoms, human rights, and the free flow of information online through integrated support to civil society for technology, digital safety, policy and advocacy, and applied research programs.

Priority Regions
SOIs focused globally or focused on any region will be considered. Applications should prioritize work in Internet-repressive environments.
SOIs regarding technology development should have clear regional human rights use-case and deployment strategies for the target region(s).
SOIs focused on digital safety, advocacy, and research should also have region- or population-specific goals and priorities that are informed by clear field knowledge and

Funding Themes

#1: Technology: Uncensored and Secure Access to the Global Internet – Development of and support for desktop and mobile technologies that counter censorship and/or enable secure communications.
#2: Digital Safety – Support,  training, and information resources that contribute to greater digital safety for users in Internet-repressive societies, including civil society, human rights defenders, journalists, and other vulnerable populations.
#3: Policy and Advocacy – National, regional, and international policy and advocacy efforts that empower civil society to counter restrictive Internet laws and support policies to promote Internet freedom in countries where the government has adopted, or is considering adopting, laws or policies that restrict human rights online.
#4: Applied Research – Research efforts to inform and benefit Internet freedom globally. Research should address technological and political developments affecting Internet freedom.

Areas of Focus:
a) Scalable and sustainable next-generation anti-censorship and secure communication technologies, especially for platforms that generally have less support for anti-censorship and secure communication;
b) Next-generation malware detection and mitigation systems;
c) Alternative production and sustainability models for anti-censorship tools, such as white label and branded content apps.
d) Development and implementation of alternative methods for distributing software applications in closed or repressive Internet contexts.
e) Development and implementation of protocols and critical infrastructure to support an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure Internet.

Utilize This Offer

The U.S. Bureau of  Democracy,  Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) has announced a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) from organizations for programs that support Internet Freedom.

Organizations submitting SOIs must meet the following criteria:
1) Be a U.S.- or foreign-based non-profit/non-governmental organization (NGO), or a public international organization;
2) Be a private, public, or state institution of higher  education;
3) Be a for-profit organization or business (noting there are restrictions on payment of fees and/or profits under grants and cooperative agreements);
4) Have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with thematic or in-country partners, entities, and relevant stakeholders including private sector partner and NGOs;
5) Have demonstrable experience administering successful and preferably similar programs.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Nov 02
Nov 02

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Don't forget to visit regularly the World Pulse website and:
a) Go to Menu (left upper corner);
b) Click on Explore Topics OR Explore Regions;
c) Type the name of your country in the Search space;
d) Then search for offers thay may suit you;
6. Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Oct 19
Oct 19

Thanks, Ana.

Oct 19
Oct 19

Thank you for sharing Ana!

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Nov 02
Nov 02

Welcome! Spread the word.