Resources for Internet Freedom

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Session Description

The number of funders supporting Internet Freedom is growing but it can be difficult for individuals or projects to find information about funding or support opportunities. What are the opportunities for individuals or projects seeking support for Internet Freedom work? The State Department DRL, Open Technology Fund and Media Democracy Fund will discuss their approach to funding the work as well as a new section of the OTF website on alternative sources of support for Internet Freedom. Participants in this session will learn about new resources and have an opportunity for AMA with OTF, DRL and Media Democracy Fund.

Resources for Internet Freedom
Presenter/s Laura Cunnigham, Amber French, Esther Lim
Bio/s "Laura Cunningham, Team Lead for Internet Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) at the U.S. Department of State. Laura has spent the last seven years working at the intersection of technology and human rights. She currently leads DRL’s global Internet freedom grants portfolio and oversees programs related to technology development, digital safety, policy advocacy, and research. Prior to joining DRL, she worked as Program Manager of ICT Policy and Programs at Internews and as Digital Coordinator at the Center for International Media Assistance.

Amber French, Deputy Director, Media Democracy Fund. Amber has had a 18 year career in philanthropy, partnership development and leadership training as a senior manager and strategic advisor. As MDF Deputy Director, Amber leads partnership development, communications and strategy development for MDF, its initiatives and sub-funds.

Esther Lim, Program Manager, Open Technology Fund. Esther joined OTF in November 2014 as a Senior Program Manager. She is a lawyer by training, and served as a judicial clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court before OTF. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School, where she focused on various aspects of internet and technology law. Before law school, Esther worked for Google in their New York and Boston offices."

Language English

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