[tor-project] Research grant opportunity - how open digital infrastructure is built, deployed and maintained

Hello Tor community,

Attention researchers! There is a new grant opportunity from a coalition of funders (Ford Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Omidyar Network, Schmidt Futures and Open Collective) that may be of interest to you called the Digital Infrastructure Insights Fund: https://fordfoundation.forms.fm/2023-digital-infrastructure-insights-fund-rfp/forms/9724.

This funding is for research projects designed to gain a deeper understanding of how open digital infrastructure is built, deployed and maintained. They are looking for projects that examine:

  • underlying free and open-source software (FOSS) interacts with politics, sovereign responsibilities, diverse economic sectors, and the advancement of knowledge in the sciences and beyond.

  • the convergence of open-source software and digital infrastructure with social movements focused on democracy, rights, justice, the environment and scientific research.

  • the issue of under-maintenance and occasional undermining of FOSS, as well as explore any geographical or other disparities within the communities responsible for providing and sustaining these software components amid evolving regulatory and socio-technical circumstances.

If you have a project in mind related to the Tor community, you can let the Tor Fundraising team (grants@torproject.org, or directly to me) know; we’d be happy to help you develop your idea.



Al Smith (they/them)
Fundraising Director
The Tor Project

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