Today, over two thirds of the world’s population lives in a country where internet access is restricted, and repressive regimes are investing more than ever before in censorship and surveillance technology. This is especially true in China, home to both the world’s largest online population and, in many ways, the…
Office of Internet Freedom
The Office of Internet Freedom (OIF) provides anti-censorship technology and services to journalists and citizens around the world, enhancing their ability to safely access or share digital news and information without fear of repercussions or surveillance.
OIF provides oversight and support for the U.S. Agency for Global Media networks, journalists and sources - including deployments, implementations and digital safety training and awareness.
When USAGM and its networks identify internet freedom-related issues they and their audiences are experiencing, the Office of Internet Freedom will work with the Open Technology Fund to explore solutions and increase on-the-ground awareness of new developments and threats.
In addition to working with USAGM networks, the OIF will engage with other Federal Agencies such as DARPA, NSF, etc to assist with the overall landscape of internet freedom and foster collaboration where appropriate.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has condemned a government-imposed block on its website in Tajikistan as a flagrant obstruction of its news operations and an assault on media freedom.
From the beginning, Iranians turned to trusted news sources to gather and share information: Voice of America’s Persian Service and RFE/RL’s Radio Farda.
OIF funds the research, development and deployment of technologies to support the free flow of online information and independent media abroad. OIF’s work enables unfettered access to online information without government interference, allowing citizens to freely express themselves and form their own opinions.
Meet the Director
The Director of the Office of Internet Freedom serves as the principal advisor on technological and innovative efforts to circumvent Internet censorship around the globe, lead the development of USAGM’s strategies on combating Internet censorship and study its impact on USAGM programming.
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A summary of current USAGM-funded Internet Freedom projects overseen by the Office of Internet Freedom.
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The Agency established this framework by which it seeks to fund a number of internet freedom projects, directly and through its grantees. (June 2019).