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Pre-2016 Press Releases 8 September 2011

Internet Society Funds Projects to Expand and Ensure Internet Accessibility

Grants help build open source software tools and resources to support vocational training and accessibility for people with disabilities

[Washington, D.C., USA and Geneva, Switzerland–30 June 2009] The Internet Society (ISOC) today announced it is funding community-based Internet projects around the world to promote Internet access and education for underserved communities. Funded projects will tackle issues ranging from deploying wireless networks to connect schools in Bolivia, to establishing a regional Internet training center in Armenia, to educating senior citizens in France, to promoting Internet access for underserved communities. As part of the ISOC Community Grants Programme, each project will receive up to US$10,000 for efforts that promote the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world.

“These grants provide tangible support for efforts by members of the global Internet Society community to realize our shared vision that the Internet can be used to improve the life of people in all parts of the world,” said Jon McNerney, chief operation officer of the Internet Society. “While the Internet is used today by more than 1 billion people, these projects highlight the important work being done by Internet Society members to ensure it reaches the next billion and beyond.”

The Internet Society Community Grants are awarded twice each year. Additional information is available about the Community Grants Programme and this round of award-winning projects.

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