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[liberationtech] Open Solicitation for Concept Notes: Open Technology Fund

Nadim Kobeissi nadim at nadim.cc
Tue Jul 2 11:43:27 PDT 2013


On 2013-07-02, at 1:17 PM, Griffin Boyce <griffinboyce at gmail.com> wrote:

> Frederick FN Noronha फ्रेड्रिक नोरोन्या *فريدريك نورونيا <fredericknoronha at gmail.com> wrote:
> For what? Propping up US foreign policy? FN
> 
>   That's an interesting statement, and I'm not sure it's really reflected in the types of projects that OTF funds[1].  GlobaLeaks doesn't really seem like a tool of US oppression or what-have-you.  Neither does Cryptocat, Commotion, Whisper Systems, or any of the others.

Frederick did not call OTF a tool of US oppression, but a tool for aiding U.S. foreign policy. I am very pleased that my project is supported by the excellent people at OTF, but let us not kid ourselves and say that U.S. foreign policy has nothing to do with anything. Even if foreign policy considerations are involved, though, they are not necessarily negative or in any way counter to the goals of developing liberation technology. But they simply affect our landscape.

NK

> 
>   Though it's worth noting, in the interests of full disclosure, that I work on two of those projects. Caveat lector.
> 
> ~Griffin
> [1] https://www.opentechfund.org/projects
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