Mozilla Announces $225,000 for Art and Advocacy Exploring Artificial Intelligence

Specifically, they are seeking projects that explore artificial intelligence and machine learning. In a world where biased algorithms, skewed data sets, and broken recommendation engines can radicalize YouTube userspromote racism, and spread fake news, it’s more important than ever to support artwork and advocacy work that educates and engages internet users.

Deadline: August 1st 2018.

Mozilla Announces $225,000 for Art and Advocacy Exploring Artificial Intelligence

Tor Summer of Privacy

Back in 2014, the Torproject ran Tor Summer of Privacy, a chance for developers to contribute code and help make Tor even stronger. Each coder was paired a core Tor developer who mentored them, provided guidance and encouragement, and helped with rubber-duck debugging.

This year, in order to encourage developers to contribute to the world’s strongest privacy tool, the Torproject is running Summer of Privacy again! The program is open to anyone, but the mentorship opportunities make it an especially good fit for students. After our Outreachy internships, this is the second paid opportunity to get involved with Tor so far this year.

Use Your Skills 

The Torproject has a handful of projects in mind for this year. The volunteer page has full details — there are projects covering almost every part of Tor, from creating a Tor client in Python to stripping metadata from file uploads in Tor Browser. If none of these projects jump out at you — get in touch and propose your own! If your project idea is accepted, the Torproject will mentor you and help bring it to life.

Tor’s Summer of Privacy program matches Google’s Summer of Code student stipends.

Applying

Applying for the Tor Summer of Privacy is as easy as sending a project proposal to the Summer of Privacy mailing list. If you’re looking for an idea of what proposals should look like, see these examples of GSOC projects from previous years.  The application phase officially begins on March 12th and ends on March 26th. The Torproject will announce the successful applications on April 20th.

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Digital Freedom Fund

The Digital Freedom Fund supports strategic litigation on digital rights in Europe through two main activities: 
 
  • Providing financial support for strategic court cases; and 
  • Facilitating collaboration between digital rights actors. 
Where needed, the Fund also assists digital rights actors in finding pro bono legal support to further strengthen their litigation work.
Starting in Q2 2018.

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Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology

How might cultural institutions use technology to connect people to the arts?

Technology can radically advance the way people access and participate in the arts, helping cultural institutions reach people where they are, keep pace with audience preferences and create fresh avenues for creative expression. We are launching this open call for ideas to explore digitally-driven approaches that galleries, museums, performing arts centers, theaters, and arts organizations of all genres might use to inspire audiences.

Knight Foundation will run the call through the Knight Prototype Fund, which helps people quickly develop and test early-stage ideas. We recognize that no single solution fits all contexts and communities. Our goal is to accelerate technology development in the arts, learn from experiments and share lessons with the field.

Applicants don’t necessarily have to work for an organization. We’re looking for ideas from arts organizations, artists, technologists, designers, educators, researchers and others inside or outside of institutions who are eager to experiment. We’re open to diverse approaches and perspectives on the use of technology to connect people to the arts, and seek to identify projects that have the potential to be replicated by others in the field.

We expect to award a share of up to $1 million with an average grant size of $50,000. In addition to funding, grantees will also benefit from training in innovation methods and opportunities to learn from others in the group. The deadline to submit your idea is 11:59 p.m. EST on March 6, 2018. Winners will be announced in May 2018.

If you have questions, attend our office hours from 1 to 2 p.m. ET Feb. 21. Join here.

Update Feb. 21, 2018: If you missed our office hours session, check out a recording to get your questions answered.

Apply

https://www.knightfoundation.org/challenges/knight-prototype-fund/

U.S. based individuals or organizations (both nonprofit and for-profit) may apply.

Reality Redrawn Mozilla Art prize

Mozilla strives to make the challenges that users face on the internet visible in new ways. Misinformation, echo chambers and filter bubbles are problems that are affecting internet health and users’ ability to differentiate factual information.

How to Participate

Mozilla and The Tech invite artists, universities, accelerators, incubators, developer networks and makers to help us visualize misinformation, echo chambers and filter bubbles this challenge through art.

Submit your proposal here!

This challenge invites digital, mixed media and traditional artists to apply. We would like to see solutions that integrate technology with artistic media including but not limited to VR/AR/MR, projection and interactive experiences that give a hands on experience to an audience that ranges from children to adults.

Mozilla will be awarding grants to the winning applicants and The Tech Museum of Innovation will be showing finished pieces in May 2018.

Finalists will install their works at the Tech Museum of Innovation, the premier cultural institution of Silicon Valley in San Jose, California.

The Tech’s landmark building welcomes more than 500,000 visitors a year with 135,000 square feet of hands-on opportunities to explore how technology is changing our lives.

Due to the interactive nature of the museum and its diverse audience, priority will be given to submissions which are participatory and approachable to a wide age range.

Prizes

Mozilla will be awarding $40,000 in grants to make your vision a reality

  • 1st Prize: $15,000
  • 2 Runners Up: $7,500
  • 2 Finalists: $5,000

Timeline

  • December 5th, 2017 – Submission Open
  • January 5th, 2018 – Submission Close
  • January 15th, 2018 – Top ten are contacted to create a 3-5 minute pitch video

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https://challenges.mozilla.community/tech-challenge/ 

Mozilla is Funding Art About Online Privacy and Security

 Mozilla’s Creative Media Grants support art and artists raising awareness about surveillance, tracking, and hacking

 

La convocatoria para solicitudes está disponible en Español aquí

The Mozilla Manifesto states that “Individuals’ security and privacy on the Internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional.”

Today, Mozilla is seeking artists, media producers, and storytellers who share that belief — and who use their art to make a difference.

Mozilla’s Creative Media Grants program is now accepting submissions. The program awards grants ranging from $10,000 to $35,000 for films, apps, storytelling, and other forms of media that explore topics like mass surveillance and the erosion of online privacy.

What we’re looking for

We seek to support producers creating work on the web, about the web, and for a broad public. Producers should share Mozilla’s concern that the private communications of internet citizens are increasingly being monitored and monetized by state and corporate actors.

As we move to an era of ubiquitous and connected digital technology, Mozilla sees a vital role for media produced in the public interest that advocates for internet citizens being informed, empowered and in control of their digital lives.

Imagine: An open-source browser extension that reveals how much Facebook really knows about you. Or artwork and journalism that examine how women’s personal data is tracked and commodified online.

(These are real projects, created by artists who now receive Mozilla Creative Media grants. Learn more about Data Selfie and Chupadados.)

The audiences for this work should be primarily in Europe and Latin America.

While this does not preclude makers from other regions from applying, content and approach must be relevant to one of these two regions.

How to apply

To apply, download the application guide.

Lee la descripción del proyecto en Español aquí.

All applications must be in English, and applicants are encouraged to read the application guide. Applications will be open until Midnight Pacific time December 31st, 2017. Applications will be reviewed January 2018.

Media Democracy Fund Fellowship

Ford/MDF Technology Exchange Matching Fund

Launched in 2015, the Ford/MDF Technology Exchange Matching Fund (TX) creates opportunities for emerging technology leaders around the world to gain experience working with civil society organizations on Internet Freedom issues.

The program identifies candidates from the applicant pool of the Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows programand the Ford Technology Fellows program, and matches them with US-based and international grantee organizations from the Media Democracy Fund and Ford Foundation Internet Freedom portfolios.

Supplemented by a matching grant from Ford/MDF, each selected host site creates a full-time staff position that lasts at least 12 months and provides participants with a salary, benefits, and professional development opportunities. We hope that, in some cases, these will become permanent staff positions.

The TX staffers work on a range of substantive projects at the leading edge of technology, policy, and social justice.

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http://mediademocracyfund.org/matching-technology-talent-with-frontline-social-justice-organizations/ 

Digital Integrity Fellowship Program by OTF

The Digital Integrity Fellowship Program (DIFP) provides fixed monthly stipends to individuals capable of addressing short-term and long-term threats to freedom of expression online. Fellows provide organizations and communities most affected by internet freedom violations (like journalists, human rights defenders, NGOs, activists, bloggers, and others) comprehensive internal support with their digital security expertise. Simultaneously, Fellows will educate the broader internet freedom field about the threats and vulnerabilities experienced, to ensure that emerging and existing technologies best meet the needs of at-risk communities.
Next deadline: December 30th 2017

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Prototype Fund

The Prototype Fund supports ideas in civic tech, data literacy, data security, and software infrastructure.

With a grant of up to €30.000, software developers, hackers, and creatives can write code and develop open source prototypes over a period of six months.

The Prototype Fund is funded by the Federal Ministry for Research and Education in Germany.

The next application phase starts on August 1st 2017.

Mozilla Open Source Support

Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) is Mozilla’s program for supporting the Open Source and Free Software movement, with a yearly budget of around $3 million. Mozilla was born out of and remains a part of this movement, and we prosper because of its technology and activism. And we know that open source software remains a key part of the Internet and is essential for the online life of choice, innovation and opportunity we seek to build.

Who

  • Foundational Technology

    The Foundational Technology track is open to any free software / open source project that Mozilla relies on — either embedded in our products or infrastructure, or just used to get work done.

  • Mission Partners

    The Mission Partners track is open to any free software / open source project that significantly furthers Mozilla’s mission to ensure the Internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all.

  • Secure Open Source

    The Secure Open Source (“SOS”) track supports security audits for open source software projects, and remedial work to rectify the problems found.

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https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/moss/