[Washington, D.C., USA and Geneva, Switzerland – 25 May 2010] The Internet Society (ISOC) today announced it is funding community-based projects around the world addressing issues such as Internet leadership, education, core infrastructure, local governance, and policy development, with a strong focus on currently underserved communities.
“The diversity of projects awarded highlights the profound importance of the Internet in so many aspects of our lives, in all parts of the world,” said Jon McNerney, Chief Operating Officer of the Internet Society. “The passion and creativity of those developing the projects within their communities drives the Internet Society’s commitment to help bring the benefits of the Internet to people everywhere.”
As part of the ISOC Community Grants Programme, each project will receive up to US$10,000 for efforts that promote the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world.
Projects funded in this round include:
– Training programmes to build digital literacy within safe environments in India and Uganda
– Village-operated telecommunication services in East Timor
– Support for development of core Internet time infrastructure
– Policy and practical action in Kenya to improve online safety for women
– Online support for NGOs in Tunisia and more effective local governance in India
– Promotion of Internet leadership in Ecuador
– Development of important public policy resources in Georgia and Australia.
Internet Society Community Grants are awarded twice each year. The next round of the programme will open on 1 September 2010.
Additional information is available about the Community Grants Programme and this round of award-winning projects.