The Problem

Repressive governments around the world seek to block citizens from freely accessing information and common tools online.

Users face censorship.

The Solution

We actively support new methods of tackling internet censorship worldwide. Partnering with Psiphon, the Digital Public Square funds research that connects citizens from over 200 countries worldwide to the open internet.

Description

Over the past two years the Munk School has partnered with Psiphon to provide research funding support that ensures free internet censorship circumvention technology is available to citizens worldwide. Their leading software design has been at the forefront of connecting users around the world in the face of growing efforts by governments to censor online spaces. As an example, this research funding has helped users in Iran continue to connect to popular international news and social media websites, despite new and sophisticated attempts by their own government to filter them.

Impact

Users worldwide
15 Million
Total number of countries reached
Over 200

Developed with

Psiphon serves a specific and simple purpose: to grant users open access to the Internet when information controls and limitations are arbitrarily imposed within any given country.

Project timeline

January 1, 2007

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Psiphon Inc becomes an independent organization, after being originally developed at the Citizen Lab.

May 10, 2013

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Psiphon connects users in Iran with the inaugural Global Dialogue on the Future of Iran

August 21, 2013

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Psiphon helps connect Rouhani Meter to over a million users inside Iran

September 1, 2015

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15,000,000 users to date worldwide connecting to the open internet