Knight News Challenge: Innovative ideas to strengthen the Internet win US$3.4 million

by Iva DIxit
Oct 30, 2018 in Social Media

Projects that aim to measure global censorship, examine the gatekeepers of the Internet and provide the public with greater Internet access and knowledge are among the winners of the latest round of the Knight News Challenge.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation named the latest contest winners June 23 at the annual MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference in Boston.

The latest round of the contest called for innovative ideas to keep the Internet an “equitable platform for free expression, commerce and learning.”

“The winning projects strengthen or defend the power of the Internet to inform communities and help innovation thrive; they help build a more inclusive, open Internet that represents diverse voices and ideas,” said Michael Maness, Knight Foundation vice president of journalism and media innovation, in a release.

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Nine of the nineteen winners will receive investments of US$200,000 to US$500,000 each, while 10 early-stage ideas will receive US$35,000 each through the Knight Prototype Fund, which aids innovators in taking their projects from idea to the demo stage.

Here are some of the winning projects:

The detailed list of winners can be found on the Knight website.

Video courtesy the Knight Foundation.

Iva Dixit is IJNet's editorial intern and a recent IJNet Journalist of the Month.

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