At its best, the internet is a vital public good: It has transformed how we connect and engage with the world around us, creating opportunities in every area of contemporary life. But as often as it is used to foster learning and promote justice, the internet is also used in ways that amplify inequality. Too many people—particularly those who have historically been excluded or marginalized—aren’t able to access, benefit from, or influence digital platforms.
We believe in equal access to, and fair regulation of, an internet that is structurally designed to advance transparency, privacy, access to knowledge, and free expression for all people. As the speed of technological change outpaces public understanding and democratic checks, our work focuses on protecting civil and human rights and freedom of expression online. To ensure that the internet develops to meet the needs of the public, we support the growth of savvy, technically sophisticated, diverse organizations dedicated to advancing a stronger and more inclusive internet.
What we don’t fund
We know nonprofit staff’s time is valuable, so we discourage using it to submit proposals that don’t fall within funding guidelines. In this spirit, we aim to be transparent about what our grant making does not support.
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, traditional media policy, digital journalism, or digital training.