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European Union, Global Internet Freedom Fund
The fund aims:
- to foster recognition that new communication technologies are used to advance tolerance and freedom of expression but can also be instrumental in repression or violence. To highlight that internet freedom is a major force in international affairs and should become an integral and mainstreamed part of the EU's foreign and security, trade and other relevant policy areas;
- to fund successful independent initiatives which develop circumvention technologies and software to distribute to human rights defenders with the goal of protecting themselves;
- to fund training for human rights defenders about technologies and human rights;
- to organize regular and systematic contacts between EU politicians, the business community and civil society members to share knowledge and discuss policy plans related to technologies and human rights.