Internet Freedom: Advancing and Promoting Anti-Censorship Transport Libraries

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for long-term development, core support, outreach, and implementation of censorship-defeating pluggable transports (PTs). In support of the U.S. government’s policy to “promote an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure internet that fosters efficiency, innovation, communication, and economic prosperity, while respecting privacy and guarding against disruption, fraud, and theft,” as described in E.O. 13800, DRL supports the development of anti-censorship technologies, including the libraries of interchangeable transport-layer obfuscation protocols known as pluggable transports. DRL invites organizations interested in potential funding to submit proposals outlining program concepts that reflect this goal.

2) Eligibility

Eligible applicants are: U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organisations/non government organisations (NGO) and public international organisations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organisations or businesses.

3) Location

Actions can take place in various countries worldwide.

4) Budget

Estimated total program funding is $2,000,000. Grants may range up to $2,000,000.

5) Application

Applications must be submitted via grants.gov by November 09, 2018.