Keynote: Libby Liu
5:55PM Aug 1, 2020
radio free asia
Hi everyone welcome back hope it's Saturday, also known as caturday, on the internet. I'm Gabriella Coleman, and I'm a former home speaker for the first time this year I helped behind the scenes and it's really moving and inspiring to see so many people work together to make something like this happen. I raised this as a segue to introduce today's keynote Libby Lu, who has for decades worked tirelessly often away from the limelight to support and make possible something that many of us support internet freedom and she's done so in countless ways. So many of us are familiar with tools, and probably use them tools like tour signal loony wearing my own t shirt deflect in different ways. These tools aid countless activists dissenters journalists human rights activists victims, and they help them here and abroad to move through the internet, a bit more safely in the face of technical censorship and worse, being targeted directly by governments and law enforcement. We often feature in praise and for good reason. The technologists designers and other project members who build the software. But we must not forget that these technologists, these technologies are also created by people like Libby Lu who make something, just as important. They make the programs and organizations like the open technology fund that support technological development, they support security training and language translation and so much more. So the OTF was founded by Libby Lu as a program in 2011. When she served as president of Radio Free Asia. Under her leadership the OTF thrived. It provided a clear sighted vision and resources so that hackers and public interest technologists and activists could build the tools enabling millions to organize and communicate without fear of arrest in retribution. The OTF reached a milestone in 2019, when it was spun off as its own organization to become a standalone nonprofit and Lou was appointed as the inaugural CEO, the future for internet freedom look great. All of this is now under threat. Libby again working so tirelessly for so long, was catapulted into the limelight. When she took a public stand against the Trump administration, who is seeking to dismantle the OTF as we know it, she resigned in June 2011 after word got out that the OTF and the parent organization, the US Agency for global media. They sought to support proprietary software, instead of the open source tools. That was the bread and butter of OTF. Now they're trying to eviscerate the program by defunding them. So today we're going to learn about the history of these projects, why they're being targeted and hopefully we could start to think about ways to ensure all the work that Libyan so many have done to aid, these important human rights technology projects can continue in the future. Before I turn it over, I would like to thank her for all that she has done, and I hope you will too. But for now, please join me in virtually welcoming
Thank you. Gabrielle event was
way, way, way overly gracious and, honestly, you should be our spokesperson
phenomenal. Thank you. Thank you so much for having me here and allowing me to talk about the open tech fund and our current situation.
I thought I'd start by talking about OTF for
anyone who doesn't know about yet how it came to be what it is why it matters so much from my perspective. And then I'll talk about our current state of affairs and do my best to answer questions on where I'm at today and into the future so good.
OTF was born out of crisis. It was
created as a program within Radio Free Asia, which I learned for 16 years. before leaving to stand up the OTF Corporation. Last year, RFA for those of you who are unfamiliar with our little news network was created to be the news and information lifeline for people living under repressive regimes in East Asia from CCP to Kj new remains government Burmese Quinta Radio Free Asia his work was dangerous by nature. We all know that information is power and that's why tyrants love to control the media, and now the entry
in our face markets,
losing information as censored and manipulated to the point that citizens, cannot even have self determination and RFA are journalists sources researchers audiences, and their families have always been targeted by the regime, for whom information controls are essential to the disempowerment of their people, your genes cannot survive without total control of information landscape by threat, harassment, intimidation warfare economic pressure by 2011. These authoritarian governments have honed their expertise to weaponize the World Wide Web against those who were the intended beneficiaries of a free and open Internet for all. It became undeniably clear that journalists frontline defenders, activists, researchers and anyone trying to do good work on issues that matter are increasingly under threat, when working in hostile environments, places where human rights gender equality, religious freedom, democracy environmentalism LGBTQ are all verboten working on these issues will put a target on you and your family. Anyone you talk to, and the regimes invest mightily in tactics to silence the truth and deter people from having and sharing based ideas, and to tragic and. How many times are people retargeted harassed detained jail, tortured and disappeared. All the time, our signals were jammed. I was blocked, our satellite providers dropped our contracts. Anyway, anyhow anything to keep people from knowledge, not carefully scripted by government propagandists. You can
imagine how intolerable, a tragic
situation is when an organization dedicated to telling the truth is made up of individuals who are persecuted for doing exactly not just one of our Uighur journalists entire extended family it was disappeared into the camps, just for being part of a family we chat group. So in 2011, with an RFA for Chairman who just really got it. We created the open tech fund to get us back on track to a free and open Internet for all. We were really lucky, me and my original crew, Sasha mindmap and angry look offline Dan Meredith, you might know this law. Adam Lin we created a
program that embodied our core values
commitment to open source technology OTF is designed to be transparent, inclusive informed and dynamic in order to circumvent sensors protect privacy Secure Digital applications and be on the leading edge of applied research that could immediately be adopted by anyone under attack. Want to make it easy for anyone with a good idea to apply. So we use an easy web interface and we remove the need for costly professional proposal writers and bundlers. We want to make sure tech was safeties rather than adding danger to our users. We wanted to create an ecosystem that invested in building capacity in
at risk communities
and create a space for super smart people like everybody in this group to apply your talents for the cause, and yet still earn a living. To achieve this, OTF baked in mandatory collaboration between projects, so no one had to recreate any wheels. We filled in key barriers to usage including the localization lab, which crowdsources translations into 200. Some languages and dialects, and usability lab which ensures that the user facing parts of the technology are customized for ease of use and appropriateness to the communities that use them. We ensure that smarter people then set eyes on an input to separate the wheat from the chaff with our volunteer Advisory Council for multiple related disciplines, researchers, policymakers scientists, technologists user groups, digital safety trainers and journalists. We funded fellowships to build capacity and expertise in information tools, applied research and in localized digital security practitioners and tool implementers building requirements for security code audits to ensure that our technology does not further endanger our users already in danger, we delved into addressing vulnerabilities in the internet's core infrastructure, which everybody benefits from but nobody seems to want to maintain. We created a cohort of complimentary private lending partners to provide lifecycle support for project needs that are outside of hf. Don't during a normal one year, a normal year are to create safe spaces for as at risk users, like the ISS, or at the users the technologist usability experts the advocates, all to come together and form shows work these personal connections are critical, the sustainability of our solutions, and the constant iterative innovations that we need to deploy with every advancement of censorship and surveillance technology
as blog and Adam and Lindsay, and everyone continue to blaze the trail and evolve into what it is today. We build
a team of subject matter experts inside the ATF these folks are the real power of the of the knology fund, including CTO Sarah, who will be on next with Josh team working with the ATF to is one of the greatest privileges of my life. Everyone on the ATF team would rather be in the field, fighting on the front lines, doing digital trainings and interventions, researching and developing tech, but they are so deeply committed to the freedom movement that they work in OTF where they have to diligently that
thousands of submissions a year do hands on program managing support
reconcile T's receipts and travel expense claims and connect their projects with each other and additional support and resources. They do this because OTF must function, allow everyone else to thrive in their good work. By 2019 When OTS spun off into its own standalone Corporation had demonstrated that huge impact could come from relatively miniscule funding and OTF was rewarded
with increasingly larger annual budgets,
culminating in the $20 million annual budget vote yes Corporation inaugural year. This year, under the great leadership of Laura Cunningham, his career has been dedicated in freedom OTF is better equipped than ever to meet the ever more sophisticated digital threats and the global expansion of censorship and surveillance technology, until June 2020. When the new CEO was sworn into office at USA GM, our grand tour agents. Why does it matter. She is the backbone of a global ecosystem, engage in showing everybody who is online is connected to a free and open in our mandate to fund research and technology that expand unrestricted access online for people living in closed societies around the world, is the front line of defense and protection for everybody living on what digital means the most essential thing that he has cultivated years you radical transparency and our error to program improvements is trust. But today we are in crisis again. The agents in trusted by the US Congress to provide funding to OSHA is starting the corporation to the detriment of essential projects battling regimes that deploy them against their own people.
As you may know, US AGM is holding currently about $20 million in funds
have been allocated to ATF on their own congressionally approved fiscal year, 19, and 20 internet freedom some plans and our agreed upon financial, including OTF funds
already committed to projects that we begin while under our
OTF has not received any of our allocated funding since May 2020, when we received our third word funds, by the fact that I signed a grant agreement or $11 million in fourth quarter funding before I was abruptly fired on June 17.
And despite numerous promises of this or that
small infusions of our allocated funds
to start with funding
OTF is required on numerous occasions, including as recently as Tuesday that these funds be transport forward in order to maintain our critical operations and projects, no avail. As you may be aware in our current crisis
OTF will run out of money in September,
despite taking drastic measures to keep the corporation alive until healthcare. As we've showed publicly ot has already been forced to heartbreaking actions in response to this dire financial crisis, including stopping the issuance of any new contracts terminating several active contracts and pausing all ongoing solicitations.
Unfortunately, US AGM continues to be unresponsive to our requests for funding and continues to just arbitrarily hold
$20 million achieve congressionally allocated funds and as a result, OTS was forced to issue stop work orders to 49 of our approximately 60 active in freedom projects this week in over 80% of our projects and services to complete this arbitrary an unnecessary funding crisis has now compromised the work of our projects and jeopardize the lives of millions of users who rely on technology worldwide. Further, this funding crisis is needlessly undermining, even our grand tour agencies, reach and impact abroad, according to their own analytics 85% of USA G's audience in Iran and 40% of their audience in China, relying on OTS support technologies to access us AGM contact by withholding resources for these tools, the agency is preventing its own audiences from reaching its own content. And in addition, CGM is putting at risk, its own journalists who rely on secure communication technologies, supported by OSHA and jeopardizing security of their online content, which benefits from O to supported
secure hosting and DDoS mitigation technology.
Not to mention, but these actions will directly strengthen behance. net freedom, adversaries, like the Chinese and Iranian governments who are actively working to undermine freedom and democracy, all over the world, cutting off funding for these critical tools, not only compromises the open technology funds mission, but sabotages agencies as well
as mission to advance internet freedom
globally supports Free Press free speech
advances universal human rights and support to those working for freedom. Being from prevented from fulfilling this essential mission is counterproductive to all of our shared goals and needlessly destructive OSHA has implored begged pleaded usag annual release funding as soon as possible so that we can resume, this truly critical work to counter this repressive censorship and surveillance abroad. We have been persistent in our work despite the fact that no money is coming in during the month, and despite numerous, numerous promises that would come. So that's our current situation, and I really really want to thank you for listening, and I'll try to answer as many questions as possible now. In the time remaining.
If anybody is interested in being updated on the ongoing
conflict. Please go to safe internet freedom dot tech and there you'll find, you know, the ability to sign on to a letter and also all the up you'll receive all the updates of many moving parts that are going on right now as we try to save this incredibly important organization. Thank you. Great.
Thank you so much for that. Overview and history. Both longer history and present history, I know the present history is particularly hard
because it's impacting so many organizations and people on the ground. So thank you for that and thank you for leaving a lot of time for for questions as well. So we're going to just jump into that right now already have some coming in so I'll start with one here. So it seems clear, you're someone driven by purpose. Would you share how that purpose and purpose is capitalized. I like that has evolved and continue throughout your career.
I would say that, and
it's because my parents were refugees. On the coming revolution in China 1949 is escaped on a boat to Taiwan, where more than 2% of the people died on route. And they came to America, in 1916 and free to go to school and enjoy freedom. And this is where I was born, but from the very beginning because of their early experiences. They
feared authorities. And
I've seen them be victimized over and over again because of this, what I would call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. So,
my parents have spent their entire lives, helping other people
and deeply ingrained that we have no reason to be here. We're not going to do better for everyone. So I think that's, that's why my whole career has been spent in this way. Thanks for asking. But I don't think I'm important.
Okay, um, so let me get to some other questions. Someone asked
to what extent has OTF been influenced by corporate lobbies
corporate lobbies I would say zero. Actually, nobody influences, or CIO OTS is has a shamelessly rigorous due diligence process, and is radically transparent. I can't even get a
project funded, even if I think it's the most important project on the earth because of
my unique understanding of whatever you know country we're dealing with like North Korea which unfortunately I've become an expert in, in the last two decades. And so, nobody influences the OTF determinations. But we have a massive Advisory Council, and sub,
that whole team of subject matter experts who
really make sure that everything is done, right, that we're not wasting money on a ship that's ready to be developed that we're not, you know, paying a bundler, you know, a commission off the top to do a professional proposal, where other people it's, it's just not our thing. We are completely independent, and that's the problem, right, the agency does not want us to be independent the agency does not want us to make backface determinations.
And then I'm gonna ask my own question prerogative. There's a lot coming in but, you know, Trump has been in power since 2016, it's 2020. Why now why is this happening now why didn't this happen. Two years ago, i, this might be very hard to answer but a lot of us were wondering whether this was going to happen and we felt good that it didn't in the first few years so it felt like it came a little bit out of left field.
Yeah, I can tell you what my speculation and theories are on this, and they're all my own. And this person Michael pack was nominated by Trump. Two years ago or so. And
there's a lot of
skeletons in the closet.
And he was highly unqualified for the position he's holding on, now. And so, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee whose job it is to confirm any nomination from the Trump administration for foreign policy successfully, you know, was digging into who he is what
he is trying to
understand where he's coming from the first year he didn't even submit his paperwork so he was you know not even on the playing field, and understand he felt that he should not have to fill his paperwork out, which is astonishing to some of us, but eventually he did.
in the last
probably since beginning of the year. He joined up with a lobbyist group that is exceedingly aggressive and completely committed to funding, one tool that has not been able to make it through a competitive review process, and they are so outraged
and so much believe that this time they're asking
for $30 million should go to this one. Cry Terry technology which they think will break the Great Firewall of China,
and the technology is
the size of 110 years. So, it's hard to even imagine
that they're even up to speed,
let alone be able to defeat the Chinese Communist Party I mean it's ridiculous. Honestly, from a user perspective,
perspective. You need to have as many options as possible to meet the needs that you're facing right. Our belief and philosophy is that there should be many options on the table, so that users can pick whatever works best for them. And so much of this is based on trust. And when you have open source technology. People can test it, people can find vulnerabilities and no patch those vulnerabilities. I mean, I just can't even imagine busting. All of these people's lives, to a
proprietary technology. But this lobby is incredibly powerful incredibly aggressive and really helped get them over the line. And so, I knew from the beginning that I was going to be a target. And so, I tried to fall on my sword and to protect others because I knew that he was highly pressured to remove me for objecting to this lobby for all these years. And, unfortunately, I didn't work, but that's what happened there was a last ditch, push, helped by this lobby group, you know, with this agenda, which is completely antithesis to what.
Well that's that's helpful context, and to understand you know why this moments, and why now. So let me, let me go to another question. Is there any way that private citizens can donate to the OTF or is there too much red tape to do so. Would it be kind of swallowed up by another organization, can you even get funds to them.
This is a really good question and
I'm so thankful to whoever who asked it. Because when we created the corporation and we created our first grant agreement with the agency because you know we're a private nonprofit corporation. And we said one of the reasons we want to do this is because so many people want to help support this great work, but they don't want to write a check to Radio Free Asia because you know anybody who has investments or board members or trustees who are working in China. Never be associated with Asia. And so the idea was that OTF S corporation could in fact, then fundraise and take donations directly. And,
unfortunately, at that time we weren't working with the old regime which was
phenomenal and really practical and understood the good work we do, and in the grant agreement.
We have a clause that says that
the agency has to approve any outside funding we get. And the reason for that language is consistent with other US government stuff because they're afraid that you're taking money from China or Vietnam War, you know some adversary, which we knew would never do. So we said, Sure, let's put that clause in means we'll never try to take money from these people, but now they're starting us up money, and we're going bankrupt. And there are many ordinations and people that want to help. We can't take the money because the agency won't approve it, because of the stupid clause which we never thought
come into this context I mean who could ever think so. Right. I mean everybody,
the Office of budget management which is the administration and Congress
approved, everything. You know, our budget for $20 million, so we we figured, you know, it was going to be fine and we
would never take money from suspect people anyway, and we're radically transparent so we wouldn't tell anyone
you know who gives us money but,
unfortunately. Today we're in the spot. And thank God we have a lot of private funding partners, because we are trying to work with them to help, you know, continue some of these projects that are underfunded now. And so, we are doing what we did when it was at RFA we have private joint funders, but we don't have freedom to take funding that will help save the organization, which shows their intent. Right.
And so I have another question and don't feel like you have to answer it. Never, never do for any question but someone is asking, what's the name of the proprietary closed source tool the new US AGM chief is pushing
ultra sir. Okay,
so people can do research, look it up. You sure can.
And you know the the ultra surf lobby has been working very very aggressively for many many years and to try to hide their agenda. They have said that they support or technologies that they think are phenomenal. And you know unfairly treated by us. And those are ultra sir. See Fon lantern and free gate. now lantern in
Saigon both received funding from us.
Pre k has never applied. And ultrasurf has never been in the OTF portfolio until this year so we couldn't fund them they're being funded on the federal side. So if you, you know look at the entire package. It's really all right, which has been traditionally what this group has been pushing all along. But now they have a coalition of humanitarian experts of whom nobody's ever heard. And suddenly they're supporting or tools, two of which
we already support, and who have signed on to savings.
Okay, well hopefully people will start digging in a little bit around this lobbying effort as well I actually just thought of a question and I'll go back to the ones that are coming in. But we know that the State Department has kind of been eviscerated as well.
And the last number of years. The
fact that there's lack of personnel or change of personnel also feed into this kind of attack against OTF or is that totally separate.
Um, you know, the State Department's DRL program has our partner internet freedom plan, and they are phenomenal. I mean they're really really good. And they are you know our partners we have always coordinated with them to make sure that the lifecycle of technology was covered, because they had the ability to fund projects for 500,000 and up, and we want to fund, all the small, you know, emerging projects and the development and getting proof of concept to market availability and things like that so we've always worked very closely and the deal. Freedom chain is great,
as you mentioned, yes, the State Department as a whole has been good.
we have a lot of support in the divisions right like East Asia
Pacific or Mena or near east, because so many people there depend on OTF technologies. I think that, you know, if they were permitted to speak that they would be
of what we're going through now, unfortunately, you probably know,
in the United States at this point, freedom of speech is
nothing anymore. And in Washington DC, everything's about a loyalty. Right.
So it's not easy for people to speak out and show their support. But that brings
me to another question,
which is phrased in this way living in a swing states, is there anything extra I can do beyond just call our legislator to help OTF like a person or resource we should point our legislators at.
Um, if you are living in a swing state
or and or any state honestly.
You should reach out to your legislators your senators your representatives and tell them how you think though chat is important. I mean, the great thing about the technology fun and recreation, is that we are really really strong bipartisan, bicameral support the entire time. I mean, with the OTS authorization acts were both introduced by Republicans, right. This is not a bi, this is not a partisan issue. Freedom human
rights, democracy internet freedom. These are
all understood to be essential to values as a nation are national security, and you know frankly to all the people, the US government funds to do good work around the world. How can they do that, not be in danger. If we can't protect.
I'm gonna backtrack a little bit i mean you know some of the questions revolve around what to do in this present moment to help OTF. Right. But I also think one of the important things to remember is OTF is a very innovative organization. And I don't mean innovative in the Silicon Valley with way I mean it's, it really runs well as an organization I think there's a lot of important lessons that others can learn from the ways in which OTF was built over time. So in that spirit, I'm going to ask a question which which is phrased in this way there's so many challenges at OTF and forget about the presence for a moment, but when you know things were working relatively well, of all
this was it. You know, getting
the technology right was it about politics or the funding
was it's about supporting the best and best supported plan so he talked a little bit about you know you did create an ecosystem I really liked that phrase right it wasn't simply about like that tool. This tool. This tool, but creating a whole ecosystem. So can you talk a little bit, maybe about some of the challenges you encountered and then over came to create that ecosystem.
Well I mean the biggest challenge was trust. I mean, who wants to trust the US government. Right. And that was brutally difficult, also because I firmly believed that the best technologists, were independent developers technologists, and so to earn trust in this community is incredibly difficult. At the time there were so many just you know Lone Ranger's doing phenomenal things, but you wanted to really weave everybody together so that the whole
was bigger than the parts. So I think that trust with the users with the developers with the activists.
Digital trainers, all of the partners in our ecosystem was the hardest thing we had to do. Then of course, at the time, nobody even understood what it meant. They thought
everything was about access. But what good is
access, if you're going to be thrown in prison for
accessing, right. So, creating an awareness of what exactly internet freedom was, was also very difficult, but
eight years later, we're way past that.
Does that answer your question, no it does it does. And I know this community well and it is a big achievement to achieve that trust. Right. And that's in part what is so tragic about the present moment is that it took a lot of work to build this up, not just simply technologically, but you could only build
technology because you created the kind of.
Yeah, sociological and political dynamics that allowed for that technology. It's like a,
it's a feedback loop right because when you put technologists, with the at risk communities, they're serving in makes the product better. And also, the community knows that, you know, you're not some jerk that's just you know being paid to do something, you actually care about what you're doing. And
that's super important. The hardest thing in my job
The organization, and the projects, and the users, and the ecosystem from any of the crap from above me. So, this lobby Campbell versus existence has been, you know, after us for a decade now, and my job is to shield everybody so they can do what they do. And we are not in danger. Right.
Okay, so more questions are they're kind of non stop here,
right. So, I hate public speaking, but I'm happy to answer questions. So hope,
just had a panel by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is a key US based organization for defense of freedom of speech to what extent has their work had an impact on OTF, given that e FF focuses mostly on the United States,
my audio book is phenomenal. I mean, they are geniuses, and the work that they do is critical and we worked with them on circle. Let's Encrypt project. And, you know, which has. I don't remember how many I think 100 million or 200 million. Now, secure websites and, and certificates that have been issued, I think, is extraordinary. And the work they do, is top notch, Jillian York is on our advisory council and I know
so impressive. And, you know, I cannot possibly convey how incredible our advisory council members are. And if that is played a very large part in helping move the internet freedom agenda, you know, frankly, they were leaving. But because we are focused on porn outside of the country, we have not been able to fund domestically focused projects but the reality is, we all know, technology is universal, right if I can call you on signal here I can call you on some more in China. It doesn't matter. So, you know, those of us on the team
always knew that our work was going to benefit.
We're working on domestic internet freedom as well.
Okay. And one of our keynote speakers earlier this week Dahlan bobet does security trainings for protesting United States anti racism protests right and we've seen Yeah man, yes how intense are getting, and how important
security or if she put it self defense security is self
defense. These tools have network effects, so they can be used anywhere and everywhere. That's the point. That's why.
another question, what suggestions or requests might you have for the hope audience and many people who contribute to hope do have techie skills. So what suggestions do you have to help achieve some of the goals you talked about today.
Okay, so I think that
for anybody in the community that wants to help the OTF, I think that the best place to go is the sacred freedom dot tech site, which is the frontline of the grassroots movement. But also, you know, there are probably so many little things that need to be done that we can't do because we're so focused on survival. You know, we mentioned something earlier that I forgot to say I mean one of the reasons why we created a chip this way is because we did want to share our expertise. So for example, our web app interface is open source, and we want other funders especially emerging small funders to be able to implement that everything we create for us internally, is to be used by everybody else. I mean I think that's important, right I'm
glad you make that point, because I,
you know, funding tools and infrastructure plumbing is often not sexy but so so not
know. And I'm always
like, I get so frustrated and that's why something like both DRL and OTF are so important in this landscape right they're really really committed to that, but it's also a time for other groups, you know with resource capacity to to get over that, you know plumbing is not sexy but it has long term consequences if you could really fund it over the long term.
Right, and it's super expensive to fund.
Exactly. And it's always you always have to fund it. Yes, because
you have to constantly.
You know reinforce the stock, as you go right so now we're doing. Yes, and I, and it's just every little piece has to be fortified constantly because the adversary, think about them, they are
wealthy motivated resource, people. Okay. They don't care about any values so we have a disadvantage. But our advantage is our people. And you know this really is David and Goliath, a teeny little group of people can defeat a monstrous regime. Right,
right. No, absolutely.
So, someone asked I actually would like you to list some of this off, even though it's available online because I think it shows just how important OTF has been but someone asked about all the different types of projects you have funded. You don't have to go into any depth but can you give us a taste of the range of things that OTF has done. Okay, so
we've talked a little bit about some of the labs and the fellowships that we do.
has happened is from the very beginning, we
identified gaps, you know like what were the future problems, you know, with talent being bought up by Silicon Valley, how do we convince talented technologists to dedicate their work to helping other people. And you know there are so many things like that that we have done by I'll give you a few highlights right. These are not project highlights. These are success highlights. I'll skip those, and some of the projects we've funded, obviously we've done the rapid response in, you know, in emerging censorship environments in, you know, dozens of countries around the world. An online harassment hotline in Pakistan for the journalists and human rights defenders in the first two years of that operation they got 3000 pieces via phone and email 79% of which are first time callers so it was the first time these people could call anybody for help. Right, um, civic CBR, which is also a first of its kind rapid response platform that coordinates incident response and facilitates information sharing. This project was able to coordinate between 40 Iranian NGOs and technical service advisors tales. Everybody knows about global leaks. Tip search GSM map snowflake alert f droid Wi Fi WeChat pri wheat scope chat scope tree WeChat and WeChat scope, which collects all the censored stuff from the Chinese censors Tor.
Obviously, piehole, the Python package index cert bot,
which we referred to before, with the Let's Encrypt project. We did a freaking research on the great cannon attack
against great fire on GitHub and helped us really understand the
project, and their technologies and App Store censorship lantern which is a circumvention tool. Male verb canine, which is obviously securing emails Iota, which is phenomenal. It's an internet outage detection analysis platform that provides 3.5 million networks are alive. One of the most, my favorite projects right now is the Geneva project at Mercy Maryland, they're using machine learning to find new avenues of circumventing censorship, and no script. There's just so I don't know if I even touch it, but also one of the most important ones is wire guard, obviously, because have to secure VPN, because VPNs are the most widely depended on circumvention tool, there is. And if the Chinese government can hijack the vulnerabilities in the VPN. They're screwed. So wire guard is all about that, you know, allowing VPNs to catch a leash avoid exploitation, and that. No,
and I wanted I know that a lot of these were acronyms and some people may not know what they are but that's not the point. The point is that OTF has funded so many different projects that range from trainings to hotlines to tools. And as you mentioned you know technologists often can get hired away by Silicon Valley and it's important to both inculcate the desire but also pay them well enough, in order to work on these technologies. And we really have to wrap up. So what I'm going to do is, you know, mostly, thank you for taking the time to give us this pre history this history and get us to the contemporary moment. And, you know, leave you with 30 last seconds to let our listeners know, you know, to remind them that they can't give up on this. And then we will have to wrap it up but thank you so much.
Okay so 30 seconds. We can't give up on this. We're not going to give up on this. This is much too important for way too many people are allowed to be destroyed. This is not going away. We will persist and we will survive, and we will continue to do this work. And thank you for allowing me to have this time to talk about. I appreciate.
Thank you and this talk will be available online archived and so everyone who's watching, please share it. This isn't simply about a talk, this is about the future of the open Internet thank you for all you've done in the past and for being with us today.
Thank you so much.
Hello, My name. My name is Roberta prineas advantis.