Notes on BBG’s funding of the Tor Project — 2007 through 2014



This note is meant to go along with my story on Uncle Sam's "Internet freedom" programs: "Internet privacy, funded by spooks: A brief history of the BBG"

Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an old Cold War CIA spinoff, funded Tor to the tune of nearly $4.3 million in the years from 2007 through 2014.

I break down the funding below.

—Yasha Levine

PS: Updated this page in March 2016 to reflect 2014 financials.

PPS: Notes on Tor's Pentagon funding can be found here, while Tor's State Department funding is here.

Year

Amount


2007

$250,000.00

Via BBG’s “International Broadcasting Bureau” 

2008

$260,000.00

Via BBG’s “International Broadcasting Bureau” 

2009

$270,000.00

Via BBG’s “International Broadcasting Bureau” 

2010

$180,000.00

Via BBG’s “International Broadcasting Bureau” 

2011

$150,000.00

Via BBG’s “International Broadcasting Bureau” 

2012

$937,800.00

$387,800 via BBG/IBB contract (the contract totals roughly $1.2 million and runs into next year as well); $150,00 from Radio Free Asia (RFA) “contract”; $400,000 from RFA grant for Tor’s OONI project, which does not appear on Tor’s financial statements.

2013

$1,512,734.00
$853,600 from BBG/IBB contract (the contract totals roughly $1.2 million and appears to spill over into the previous year); $659,134 via several Radio Free Asia "Open Technology Fund" grants that don’t seem to be reflected on Tor Project’s financial disclosure forms. 

2014

$1,633,000
$733,000 via contract from BBG's Radio Free Asia; $900,000 via grants from Radio Free Asia's "Open Technology Fund" that are not reflected on the Tor's Project’s financial disclosure forms.

Total

$5,193,534




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