The State Dept. has issued a "notice of funding opportunity" (DRLA-DRLAQM-18-005) for a $2M campaign to "promote an open, interoperable, secure and reliable global Internet."

U.S. Department of State

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, which is behind the effort, wants to further its goal to push for "fundamental freedoms, human rights, and the free flow of information online by supporting civil society to advocate for rights-respecting policies and practices with governments, commercial enterprises and technical bodies."

The Bureau said sectors of the global information and communication technology business face governmental pressure to curtail human rights via online censorship, network shutdowns and data localization requirements.

It wants proposals to empower local Internet freedom, business and human rights advocates to promote reforms geared to the United Nations' guiding principles on business and human rights.

Proposals are due Sept. 25. User/password can be obtained at www.grantsolutions.gov