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 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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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.
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.
Google Summer of Code is a global program focused on introducing students to open source software development. Students work on a 3 month programming project with an open source organization during their break from university.
As a part of Google Summer of Code, student participants are paired with a mentor from the participating organizations, gaining exposure to real-world software development and techniques. Students have the opportunity to spend the break between their school semesters earning a stipend while working in areas related to their interests.
In turn, the participating organizations are able to identify and bring in new developers who implement new features and hopefully continue to contribute to open source even after the program is over. Most importantly, more code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.
- Students only
- resident of a country not currently embargoed by the United States
- minimum age 18 years old
The Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) and its members have come together to invest in core infrastructure of the Internet, providing funding for fundamental projects like OpenSSL, OpenSSH, NTPd and others. Under the guidance of the Advisory Board, CII is actively researching and identifying new projects to improve the security of the internet. CII is particularly looking for grant proposals which meet the following criteria:
- CII funded projects should benefit the open source community’s ability to deliver and maintain secure code.
- Communication security is our most critical need; funding priority should be for projects that improve and harden critical at-risk services capabilities. Embedded, IoT, Mobile, Network, Server and Web Application are all target workloads.
- Practical solutions for today’s problems are a priority. Research, for example, should be prioritized towards applied topics that will impact the development community.
- Prefer community building projects over work for hire projects.
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.
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.
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.
The Renewable Freedom Foundation aims to protect and preserve civil liberties, especially in the digital landscape.
Outreachy helps people from groups underrepresented in free and open source software get involved. We provide a supportive community for beginning to contribute any time throughout the year and offer focused internship opportunities twice a year with a number of free software organizations.
Currently, internships are open internationally to women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people. Additionally, they are open to residents and nationals of the United States of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin@, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. We are planning to expand the program to more participants from underrepresented backgrounds in the future.
The next round of Outreachy internships will have an application deadline in October, and internship dates from early December to early March. Coding, design, documentation and other projects will be available. The applicants will be asked to select a project with one of the participating organizations and collaborate with a mentor listed for that project to make a relevant contribution to the project during the application process.
The accepted participants work remotely, while being guided by their mentor, and receive $5,500 stipend. It’s expected that the participants are able to have the internship work be a primary focus during the internship dates and spend 40 hours a week on it.