Tiffiniy Cheng is stepping up to call regular citizens to action around web freedom. Through Fight for the Future she is developing innovative, scalable organising approaches that are centered around the creative use of technology, messaging and alliance-building. Their purpose is to defend online human rights and the open web using the very nature of the Internet - collaboration between distributed nodes.
Having participated in a number of her campaigns before, we are eager to get a behind the scenes look. Digital freedom is a concept still alien to many, even regular, users of the web. The result is a lack of understanding or appreciation of potential threats, and therefore garners apathetic responses at best. Now is the time to ensure that human rights are reflected in the digital world as they are in the physical. Working with Tiffiniy and Fight for the Future gives us the opportunity to be integrally involved in and directly support positive action.
Twice a year we award a number of small grants to a collection of social change agents, no strings attached, in support of their work. We call these Flash Grants and recipients are selected based on nominations from our Fellows. Each award is worth $5,000.
At the heart of our co-investment fellowship model is the principle that Fellows continue to invest in their own ideas. The Foundation amplifies the Fellow’s investment by matching it at least tenfold, along with covering the cost of their time for the year.
The figures you see here do not reflect each Fellow’s fellowship year funding, but rather the funds unlocked within each calendar year, as the fellowship years start either March or September and Fellows are not required to spend the available funds proportionately throughout the year.