Have you ever heard of the Knight News Challenge? In February 2014, the Knight Foundation issued an open call for ideas and projects that would make the Internet better. I have to say, I think the Internet is pretty brilliant already, but there are definitely ways to make it better. The Knight Foundation wants to do just that to make sure the Internet remains an “open, equitable platform for free expression, commerce and learning.”
This week, the 19 winners out of the 704 entries to the Knight News Challenge, were announced and awarded over 3 million dollars. All winners fell within three categories to building a stronger Internet:
- Access: Enabling more people to participate and create.
- Transparency: Providing a better understanding of who is doing what online.
- Safety: Building more effective tools for engaging with the Internet securely.
Some of the Access winners are:
The New York Public Library, which plans to lend wireless hotspots to low-income families as well as introduce education programs to help with media and Internet literacy.
The Chicago Public Library also plans to do the same, by lending hotspots and offering free digital skills classes.
— Knight Foundation (@knightfdn) June 25, 2014
The top two Transparency winners are:
Measurement Lab wants to expand their suite of tools to assess the openess of the Internet through connection speeds, blocked sites and other metrics.
OnlineCensorship.org wants to build out their organization to keep track of and collect data about censorship on online platforms and help the society better understand censorship and free expression issues.
— Knight Foundation (@knightfdn) June 24, 2014
The top Security winner is:
TextSecure, a secure mobile message app for Android, received over $400,000 to expand their work and make it available to iOS and other mobile systems.
— Knight Foundation (@knightfdn) June 23, 2014
Follow the link for a full list of the winning strengthening Internet project. The Knight Foundation isn’t alone in its quest for free expression and innovation of the Internet; it was joined by the Ford Foundation and the Mozilla Foundation. Together they promoted this wonderful challenge.
Which one of the winners is a project you could get behind?