MDF works with foundations, companies, philanthropic advisors, and individual donors to award grants that protect the public’s rights in the digital age

As our society increasingly relies on technology for communication and access to other basic human rights, we find ourselves standing at a crossroads: our policy choices today will determine the future of equality and democracy in ways we can hardly imagine.

MDF’s deep expertise in media and technology policy and our partnerships with public interest and civil society organizations around the world enable us to guide our funding partners through the rapidly changing issues and develop strategies that address priorities in digital equity and rights.

What world is possible if we have a robust, secure, and equitable communications system in the 21st century and beyond?
-Helen Brunner, Founding Director

MDF is a project of the New Venture Fund, a U.S.-based 501(c)3 public charity. MDF’s annual grant making cycle supports our grantees’ general operations and projects, and we maintain the ability to rapidly fund projects that address opportunities or threats as they arise throughout the year via our Rapid Response Fund and issue-specific initiatives.

If you are a funder looking for more information about our issues and work, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

[T]he unique and transformative nature of the internet not only to enable individuals to exercise their right to freedom of opinion and expression, but also a range of other human rights, and to promote the progress of society as a whole.
-Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights