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[liberationtech] Access Innovation Prize 2012

Yosem Companys companys at stanford.edu
Tue Jul 10 20:06:29 PDT 2012


We want to make you aware of the Access Tech Innovation
Awards<https://www.accessnow.org/prize>,
which will provide $100,000 in prizes to individuals, organizations or
networks that have the best actionable ideas of how to use information
technology to promote and enable human rights or deliver a social good
outcome. Prizes are divided into five categories:

*Blackout Resilience:*****

$20,000 will go to the best actionable idea to help build an open-sourced,
blackout resilient technology for use by activists and human rights workers
in conditions where there is a need for alternate communications
infrastructure to the one put in place and/or controlled by the
authorities. For example, where there has been a communication network
shutdown.****

*Making Crypto Easy:* $20,000 will go to the best actionable idea to
properly integrate encryption into an existing product/system, educate
users as to how to use encryption and/or build a community who use
encryption by default.  ****

*The Bounty: *A $20,000 bounty will be granted for the best patch for a
disclosed or as yet undisclosed vulnerability in a program/platform or
software used by human rights defenders and activists.****

** **

*Golden Jellybean*: This is an unthemed category. $20,000 will go to the
best actionable idea of how communication technologies can be used to
promote and enable human rights. This could include funding a researcher
for $20,000; the development of a training guide for activists; a new
censorship circumvention program; or an initiative to detect surveillance
equipment on the network.****

** **

*Access Facebook Award:* $20,000 will go to the best actionable idea of how
to use the Facebook platform to deliver a human rights, human development
or social good outcome. We're looking for initiatives across the spectrum -
from enhancing freedom of speech and expression to improving the economic
well-being of a disadvantaged group. If you are applying for the Access
Facebook Award - please read
this<https://www.accessnow.org/page/-/docs/Access%20Facebook%20Award.pdf>.
****


Applications will be evaluated based on the impact, likelihood, innovation,
and sustainability of the project or idea. For more information about the
awards or to apply, please visit the prize website:
https://www.accessnow.org/prize. Applications are due *August 15th*.

Feel free to share with anyone you think may be interested:****

. at Accessnow Tech Prize: $100K to give away across 5 groups for ICT ideas 2
promote human rights. http://bit.ly/N1BMjP #netfreedom****


To read our press release regarding the prize, please visit:
https://www.accessnow.org/policy-activism/press-blog/access-and-facebook-launch-tech-innovation-prize-to-promote-human-developme

*Access is a global movement premised on the belief that political
participation and the realization of human rights in the 21st century is
increasingly dependent on access to the internet and other forms of
technology. Visit us at **accessnow.org* <https://www.accessnow.org/>.
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