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[liberationtech] Not another Haystack right?

Jillian C. York jilliancyork at
Tue Nov 29 11:37:32 PST 2011

...Excellent points, and I should add that the problem is more often than
not simply the *perception* of what these orgs are or do, not the reality.
Except in the case of aforementioned NDI bullshit.

On Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 11:34 AM, Yosem Companys <companys at>wrote:

> What's your take on funding from secondary sources, such as NED, NDI,
>> Freedom House, Internews, who may receive the funding from the USG and then
>> apply it to subcontracted projects?
> Civil society funding fares better in theory, except to the extent that
> network analysis can reveal whether civil society organizations also
> receive government funding, and then the same arguments I mentioned
> previously still apply.
> In practice, however, any funding organization can be accused of
> ideological bias and a media campaign can be waged to discredit said
> funding organization, and thus, by extension, the recipient of said funding.
> Moreover, in many cases, and as some have mentioned in this thread,
> liberationtech projects don't have the luxury to pick and choose where
> their funding comes from, since the survival of the organization depends on
> securing funding, wherever it may come from.

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