US State Department Offering Grant Money to Support Internet Freedom in Ukraine
The award money will be granted this year to one or two programs that meet the State Department criteria
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The US Department of State has announced the competition for implementation of a program to promote Internet freedom in Ukraine. This was reported by Ukrinform.
“The US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for programs that promote Internet freedom in Ukraine,” reads the statement on the website of the US Department of State.
The program aims to empower cross-sector Internet freedom champions to advocate for policies that promote freedom of expression online in Ukraine. The program should bring together technology experts, lawyers, civil society, media, and private sector representatives to discuss and debate Internet freedom trends, challenges, and policies. In addition, the program should build the knowledge and advocacy capacity of these groups in order to support cross-sector engagement on domestic Internet freedom issues and to combat regional and domestic threats to freedom of expression online.
As noted, the program should have a strong focus “on consensus-building among Ukrainian stakeholders on freedom of expression during conflict, specifically addressing the issues of self-censorship and the intersection of national security concerns with freedom of expression online.”
The period of program performance is 1-3 years. The US side is ready to provide funding for the initiative in the range of $500,000 – $1,180,500.