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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2024 Philanthropy Plan: Enabling an Internet of Opportunity

8 December 2023
A group of students of a school in Rwanda and ISOC Foundation staff hold up laptops

We are the Internet Society Foundation, and we believe the Internet can make a positive difference for people everywhere—as a resource that enriches people’s lives.   Our philanthropic efforts enable communities around the world to enrich their lives though the Internet. We’ve expanded Internet access to those who need it, helped build Internet resiliency, promoted digital…

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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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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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Announcing new round of funding to support Internet resiliency 

20 July 2023
Two men work on a communications antenna in front of a blue sky and hills in the background

We are excited to announce a third round of grant funding through our Resiliency program, which aims to help communities enhance preparedness and build Internet resiliency when faced with adverse events.  These grants will support projects that increase network resiliency in communities prone to natural and climate-related disasters, ensuring these communities are better able to…

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Announcing new round of innovation grants to address Internet connectivity gap

6 July 2023
Man sits at computer screens in an office in India

We are excited to announce a new round of grant funding to advance Internet access and connectivity around the world through our BOLT program. In its third year, the BOLT grant program aims to support teams of creatives, technologists, and researchers to develop innovative solutions to Internet connectivity, particularly among communities where current technologies are unavailable…

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8 lessons on digital human rights from the conference RightsCon 2023 

27 June 2023
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In the rapidly evolving digital landscape, the intersection of technology and human rights has become a critical area of concern. In 2011, Access Now hosted the inaugural RightsCon, then the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference. What started as a pioneering gathering has since blossomed into a global movement transcending geographical boundaries and bringing together diverse…

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What is digital equity?  

21 June 2023

Two-thirds of the world’s population uses the Internet, but 2.7 billion people remain offline. This means that one in three people cannot benefit from the economic, educational, political, social and health potential of being connected. This article explores the concept of digital equity and its significance in today’s interconnected world. It delves into the definition…

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Internet Poverty Index: more than 1 billion people live in Internet poverty worldwide 

19 May 2023

Access to the Internet has become an indispensable aspect of our modern lives, providing a gateway to information, communication, education, economic development, and social opportunities. However, the recent Internet Poverty Index (IPI) by the World Data Lab findings have revealed a disheartening truth: 15% of the global population cannot afford a minimum mobile Internet package.…

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What are the most used languages on the Internet? 

15 May 2023
Dictionaries and a laptop

The Internet has evolved into a global platform connecting people worldwide. With over 7,000 languages spoken worldwide, it’s unsurprising that multiple languages are used on the Internet. However, English content dominates over half of all written content online, despite only around 16% of the world’s population speaking this language. This blog post will explore the…

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