Our strategy

Digital Rights and Access

To ensure that the Internet develops to meet the needs of the public, we need effective, technically sophisticated, diverse, and globally distributed organizations working to advance stronger, more inclusive Internet policy.

We support efforts to establish laws, regulation, technical standards, and social norms that govern the digital space and protect the public. As the speed of technological change outpaces public understanding and democratic controls, our work also examines how to protect civil and human rights and freedom of expression online.

By supporting organizations and networks dealing with social justice issues tied to new and existing technology—issues like privacy, freedom of expression, algorithmic bias, and net neutrality—and by investing in communities that advocate for digital rights and access, we work to advance policies that keep the Internet open for all people.

Anticipated Outcomes
An open, accessible Internet for everyone
The Internet is accessible to all people, regulated by universal standards, and free from bias, censorship, and unjust surveillance, and it increases equity worldwide. Public interest Internet policies establish global norms and standards, while national and international Internet freedom organizations champion social justice in relation to new technologies.
A career pathway for public interest technologists
Incentives encourage highly skilled engineers, computer scientists, and other technologists from diverse backgrounds to work in government and nonprofits, and government agencies and organizations integrate these roles into their core work.
Strong organizations focus on the intersection of technology and social justice
Civil and human rights organizations work to address social justice challenges brought on by technology in fields like criminal justice, employment, financial justice, immigration, gender, and racial justice. Civil, human, and Internet rights advocates work together to protect the public.

Public Interest Technology

Along with effective policies and public interest technologists, we need strong technology institutions that serve the public interest by supporting free speech, privacy, access, and freedom from unjust surveillance, censorship, and data bias. We also need a robust ecosystem of technology that serves as the technical foundation of a free and open Internet.

We support efforts to understand digital threats to civil society, support social justice organizations as they leverage technology to increase the impact of their work, advocate for technology standards and practices to address the interests of underrepresented communities, and to develop technical infrastructure that makes all of that work possible.

We invest in critical technical, institutional, and social infrastructure to support a public interest technology ecosystem—one that strengthens civil society’s capacity to address the challenges and opportunities presented by technology.

Anticipated Outcomes
Across a range of technology issues, effective organizations are equipped to serve the public interest
Organizations working at the intersection of technology and the public interest—organizations that are effectively scaled and able to collaborate with government, civil society, and the private sector—wield influence in ensuring that technology is designed in ways that support free speech, privacy, access, and freedom from unjust surveillance, censorship, and data bias.
A robust ecosystem of effective, user-friendly public interest technologies
The public benefits from a diverse landscape of robust technologies—both proprietary and open source—that support free speech, privacy, access, and freedom from unjust surveillance, censorship, and data bias.
A secure and standardized digital infrastructure
Through standards and oversight, public interest technologists, the government, and the private sector all contribute to maintaining our shared digital infrastructure, and protect the public from bias, discrimination, and threats to privacy and security.
What we don’t fund

We do not make grants to support the development of apps, websites, platforms, hackathons, online campaign technology, or other technology products. We do not support computer deployment, education, intellectual property work, media policy, digital journalism, or training.