SAFE ONLINE 2023 OPEN CALL
END VIOLENCE PARTNERSHIP LAUNCHES A NEW SAFE ONLINE OPEN CALL FOR FUNDING TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS TO MAKE THE INTERNET SAFE FOR CHILDREN - #SAFEONLINE
The End Violence Partnership is announcing the 2023 Safe Online investment round of US$ 2 million to seed and grow innovative solutions and research that leverage existing and new technologies to address challenges around age assurance and live streaming of abuse in the online child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA) landscape.
End Violence will award up to USD$200,000 to non-profit or for-profit organisations for proposals on innovative solutions that address challenges around age assurance or live streaming of abuse through two modalities:
- Tech Solutions: Development of solutions that utilise and implicate technology in innovative, groundbreaking ways that are scalable and globally applicable for addressing age assurance or live streaming of abuse.
- Research: Actionable or exploratory research on social and policy questions to better understand the enabling environment as well as address unintended consequences and structural barriers for efficacy and impact of tech solutions that address age assurance or live streaming of abuse.
The Call for Proposals is now closed. Watch this space for updates.
In 2022, End Violence’s Safe Online investment portfolio reached US$71 million in grants to 89 projects achieving tangible results in over 80 countries. Safe Online's grant portfolio as of December 2022 can be found here.
TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS TO MAKE THE INTERNET SAFE FOR CHILDREN
In October of 2020, Safe Online invested US$10 million into projects seeking to advance new, groundbreaking technological tools to prevent – and end – online child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA). Last year, US$15 million was invested towards systems strengthening and tech solutions efforts.
With this new Open Call, we are seeking to expand on this work by continuing to create, adapt and scale technologies to deter online child sexual abuse. This year the Call is specifically focused on proposals to develop solutions that include technological and research approaches in one of two priority focus areas in preventing and combatting online CSEA: 1) addressing age assurance or 2) tackling live streaming of abuse.
Specifically, we are looking for projects that will focus on one of the following modalities in addressing the priority areas:
1. Development of solutions that utilise and implicate technology in innovative, groundbreaking ways that are scalable and globally applicable for addressing age assurance or live streaming of abuse. Solutions should be applied specifically to exact or related use cases for this Open Call (e.g. if online CSEA data is not available for application, use cases such as adult material could be used instead). Tech solutions we will fund include:
- design of a proof of concept that demonstrates an innovative use of technology to address the specific challenges posed around age assurance or live streaming of abuse, and clear plans for further research and testing;
- development of new prototypes or products – including hardware/software/content components – or of new features within existing products or tools;
- adaptation or combination of existing tools to address current gaps, increase efficacy and/or effectiveness, or apply to new use cases.
2. Actionable or exploratory research on social and policy questions to better understand the enabling environment for more effective implementation of solutions, as well as address unintended consequences and structural barriers to impact of tech solutions that address age assurance or live streaming of abuse in the online CSEA landscape, including a focus on any/all of the following:
- key populations (e.g. potential and actual victims, survivors, practitioners, would be and confirmed perpetrators, etc.),
- environment (e.g. tech platforms, geographies),
- and broader ecosystem (e.g. policy, legal, ethical, cultural, economic, etc.).
End Violence will award up to USD$200,000 to non-profit or for-profit organisations to work on innovative solutions that leverage existing and develop new technologies as well as address social and policy questions through research to address challenges around age assurance or live streaming of abuse in the online CSEA space. The total funding envelope to be awarded through this Open Call is ~US$ 2 million
WHO CAN APPLY?
For this open call we are actively seeking submissions of proposals from nonprofit organisations - such as civil society organisations (CSOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international organisations, research institutes and academic institutions - as well as private sector companies. Consortia of organizations with different strengths and expertise are highly encouraged.
WHAT SHOULD PROPOSALS ADDRESS?
The purpose of this Open Call is to strengthen cohesive, proactive approaches across the online CSEA ecosystem to current and upcoming legislation, emerging technology and constantly evolving threats. Age assurance and live streaming of child abuse are issues at the centre of many recent multistakeholder discussions around online child safety and the focus of this Open Call. Please read the Technical Guidance at the end of the Request for Proposals Guidelines document for important details on the scope of the Open Call.
We will fund tech solutions and research that meets the following standards:
Importantly, for this funding call, Safe Online will give preference to projects that are open access, and those that seek to create tools, research and outputs that will be made available to the widest range of actors possible.