BOLT Amplify: Listen to Stories of Bridging the Digital Divide 

15 May 2024
Two men work on a communications antenna in front of a blue sky and hills in the background

The Internet Society Foundation is proud to present BOLT Amplify. This series of audio episodes was co-created by Media Justice (in partnership with In Flux), and two BOLT Program grant partners to showcase the impact of their project and the Internet on communities worldwide.  BOLT empowers technologists, researchers, and social change makers to develop innovative…

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Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender digital inclusion 

18 April 2024
Office Meeting in Conference Room.

A new research report by the Global Digital Inclusion Partnership (GDIP), Connected Resilience: Gendered Experiences of Meaningful Connectivity through a Global Pandemic, examines the challenges and opportunities in achieving gender digital inclusion, especially following the COVID-19 pandemic. The research study supported by the Internet Society Foundation draws on women’s experiences from nine countries in the Global…

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Announcing $4.5 Million in Funding to Support Research on the Future of the Internet 

2 April 2024
A group of staff discuss their project around a table in front of a glass wall

We are proud to announce the opening of our 2024 application cycle for the Research Grant Program. This program offers grants of up to US$500,000 to support researchers worldwide examining the future and sustainability of the Internet. We encourage independent researchers, non-profit organizations, and public research institutions worldwide to submit proposals that explore the following…

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Five takeaways from the SCILLS in-person grantees kick-off

12 February 2024
Group of SCILLS grantees gatherned in Brazil in 2023

We are now three years into the SCILLS program (with 20 grantee partners in the 2023-2025 cohort) in six strategic focus countries. At the end of November 2023, we went to Sao Paulo to host the first in-person kick-off grantee gathering. Bringing together eight partner organizations from Colombia and Brazil,[1] the ISOC Brazil and Colombia…

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New round of funding awarded to promote Internet resiliency in disaster response  

30 January 2024
A city impacted by a natural disaster

We are pleased to announce a new round of grant funding to six projects in three countries to promote Internet infrastructure and network resiliency through our Resiliency Grant Program.  Established in 2021, this program supports communities to ensure readiness, maintain and repair Internet infrastructure, and maintain or re-establish connectivity when faced with unexpected events such…

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Announcing our 2023 Research Grantee Cohort: 14 projects examining the future of the Internet 

24 January 2024
Research Program Grantees exchanging ideas

We are delighted to announce the outstanding group of researchers who joined the Internet Society Foundation’s Research Program in 2023. Since 2020, this program has supported researchers worldwide to explore the future and sustainability of the Internet.  These fourteen projects from five countries are collectively generating solutions today to meet the Internet challenges of tomorrow. …

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Five projects awarded funding to advance Internet access and connectivity worldwide 

18 January 2024
Two men work on a communications antenna in front of a blue sky and hills in the background

The Internet Society Foundation is excited to announce the latest round of funding through our Building Opportunities/Leveraging Technologies (BOLT) Grant Program. We have awarded grants to five innovative projects in four countries that aim to advance Internet access and connectivity for communities all over the world. Launched in 2021, the BOLT program provides funding to…

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Empowering Haiti: How the Internet is Improving Lives in Communities

27 October 2023
Person connecting a Community network

Eunante Pierre is a mother from the commune of Baradères, Nippes, Haiti. Previously, for Eunante, making a simple phone call to her children in the United States or connecting with family members required her to make an arduous trek to the top of a mountain while fending off mosquitoes in the scorching sun. These daily…

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Four Lessons Learned about Grantmaking from our Research Grant Partners

26 October 2023
Picture of hands with a piece of hardwarre

By the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Team (MEL), Internet Society Foundation From a blooming Linden tree, a radio frequency circuit, a magazine premiere issue, to a low- cost small plug computer (or Raspberry Pi), these were part of a larger collection of objects grant partners from the Research Program brought to this year’s first round…

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The Internet Society Foundation awards $5 million to support digital inclusion in six countries 

26 September 2023
Two people from Tiempo del Juego stand in front of a graffiti covered wall

The Internet Society Foundation is delighted to announce grant funding to 20 projects in six countries to promote digital inclusion through the Strengthening Communities, Improving Lives and Livelihoods (SCILLS) program. Established in 2020, the SCILLS program aims to support economic growth and educational opportunities by empowering individuals and communities to leverage the Internet for educational…

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