Access Innovation Prize 2012

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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 31 August, 2012
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Access is a global movement premised on the belief that political participation and the realisation of human rights in the 21st century is increasingly dependent on access to the internet and other forms of technology. Founded in the wake of the 2009 Iranian post-election crackdown, Access teams with digital activists and civil society groups internationally to build their technical capacity and to help them advocate globally for their digital rights. Access provides thought leadership and practical policy recommendations in the broader field of internet freedom, and based on that expertise mobilises its global movement of citizens to campaign for an open internet accessible to all.

The Access Innovation Prize is a new initiative that will award five lots of US$20 000 to individuals, organisations or networks that have the best actionable ideas of how to use information technology to promote and enable human rights or deliver a social good outcome. US$100 000 will be granted in 2012.

Access is looking for communication technology initiatives from across the world, in all languages and addressing the issues that are important to you and your community. The Access Innovation Prize is designed to discover and reward ideas that demonstrate unique promise, opportunity and possibility. You can submit a near to complete project, improve an existing tool or create something totally new.

Here are the five categories:

Blackout Resilience

US$20 000 will go to the best actionable idea to help build an open-sourced, blackout resilient technology for use by activists and human rights workers in conditions where there is a need for alternate communications infrastructure to the one put in place and/or controlled by the authorities. For example, where there has been a communication network shutdown.

Making Crypto Easy

US$20 000 will go to the best actionable idea to properly integrate encryption into an existing product/system, educate users as to how to use encryption and/or build a community who use encryption by default.

The Bounty

A US$20 000 bounty will be granted for the best patch for a disclosed or as yet undisclosed vulnerability in a programme/platform or software used by human rights defenders and activists.

Golden Jellybean

This is an unthemed category. US$20 000 will go to the best actionable idea of how communication technologies can be used to promote and enable human rights. This could include a funding a researcher for US$20 000; the development of a training guide for activists; a new censorship circumvention program; or an initiative to detect surveillance equipment on the network.

Access Facebook Award

Facebook US$20 000 will go to the best actionable idea of how to use the Facebook platform to deliver a human rights, human development or social good outcome. We're looking for initiatives across the spectrum - from enhancing freedom of speech and expression to improving the economic well-being of a disadvantaged group.

To enter, complete the application form (word or PDF) and send it to

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