Announcement: Human Rights Program Receives Major Grant to Advance Digital Security Tools

By Benetech, posted on

Benetech’s Human Rights Program, as the lead partner in a consortium that includes The Guardian Project and Internews, has been awarded a two-year, $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) to enhance and expand our suite of digital security tools. Named “On the Frontier of Secure Technology for Human Rights Monitoring,” it is the largest individual grant in the history of Benetech’s Human Rights Program.

The grant will allow Benetech to deliver a set of major enhancements to Martus, our free and open source software application that allows users anywhere in the world to securely gather and organize information about human rights violations. It will also allow for the further development and broad deployment of Mobile Martus—a secure, Android-based mobile documentation tool built on Martus technology.

Our CEO, Jim Fruchterman, writes more about this news and the collaboration with our partners on our blog.