Internet Governance Forum Challenge Winners Announced
Projects to monitor internet censorship in Myanmar and to create a secure connection to the internet in Syria were selected as the winners of Freedom House's IGF Incubator Challenge, an international competition for new internet freedom initiatives. Seven finalists pitched their project ideas before a panel of judges at the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) – the premier global meeting on internet governance held this year in Baku, Azerbaijan.
A team of exiled Syrian software developers' winning project will offer digital activists a secure operating system to connect to the internet. The other winning project, proposed by the Myanmar ICT for Development Organization, will form a national watchdog network to monitor online censorship. The projects will promote internet freedom at a time when more and more authoritarian regimes work to control and manipulate the internet. The two groups will receive funding and technical support from Freedom House throughout the year.
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