Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web Supports Free Speech and Empowers Journalists with Grant to the Freedom of the Press Foundation

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Three-year grant will help further the organization’s efforts to protect public-interest journalism and preserve historically important information via the decentralized web

SAN FRANCISCO, September 28, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web (FFDW) has awarded a grant of nearly $5.8 million to the Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) to leverage the decentralized web to enhance free speech for journalists.

The three-year FFDW grant will support infrastructure, user experience, and security enhancements for tools used by journalists around the globe. It will also be used to explore a zero-trust architecture for SecureDrop, an open-source news and information submission system used by newsrooms worldwide for secure document exchange and communication between journalists and anonymous sources. Overall, the grant will further the organization’s efforts to preserve historically critical information, such as its comprehensive database of press freedom violations in the United States and government data that belongs in the public sphere.

"With this grant, by far the largest our organization has ever received, we’ll be able to speed the introduction of new upgrades and features to SecureDrop and spur its adoption worldwide," said Freedom of the Press Foundation Executive Director Trevor Timm. "We’re also extremely excited to explore how the decentralized web can help further press freedom and transparency in the coming years."

"Our mission is to permanently preserve humanity’s most important information," said Marta Belcher, board chair of the Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web. "FPF’s efforts are a natural fit for collaboration."

In addition to helping upgrade SecureDrop, FPF will leverage its collaboration with FFDW to support several other efforts critical to safeguarding free speech, a free press, and the preservation of critical information. Some of these projects include:

  • The FPF’s U.S. Press Freedom Tracker: The tracker provides exhaustive documentation of press freedom violations in the United States, including arrests and assaults of journalists, denials of access, surveillance orders and much more. Every year, FPF will publish all of the tracker’s data on the decentralized web in order to preserve it for future generations.

  • Preservation of FPF’s "Threatened Media Outlets" archive: FPF has created an archive comprised of backup versions of news websites that have been lost. FPF is exploring an effort to publish the full archive on the decentralized web, ensuring these outlets’ important reporting will be available and accessible indefinitely.

  • New privacy-conserving tools: FPF is also evaluating state-of-the-art privacy preserving tools within the decentralized web ecosystem that could provide network-level anonymity in decentralized web projects, in addition to its existing reliance on the Tor network.

More on the Freedom of the Press Foundation here. More about FFDW's grants program here.

About The Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web

Filecoin is a peer-to-peer network designed to store humanity's most important information. The Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web (FFDW) is a charitable organization whose activities include building and supporting the decentralized web community, funding research and development, and educating the public about the decentralized web, in order to preserve humanity’s most important information.

About the Freedom of the Press Foundation

Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that protects, defends, and empowers public-interest journalism in the 21st century. FPF builds secure communications tools used at many of the world’s top news organizations; teaches journalists and documentary filmmakers how to keep themselves and their sources safe in the digital age; documents and reports on virtually every press freedom violation in the United States; and engages in public and legal advocacy on critical issues affecting journalists’ rights in the U.S. and around the world.

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Contacts

Victoria Berryhill
10Fold for Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web
filecoinfoundation@10fold.com
+1 (832) 492-0305

Trevor Timm
Freedom of the Press Foundation
trevor@freedom.press

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