Over the past two years, the Human Rights Foundation has donated over $1.5 million in Bitcoin and USD to further Bitcoin development worldwide. It will announce its next round of donations in January 2023. The Human Right Foundation has recently made eight donations in Bitcoin totaling $325,000 to further censorship resistance, open-source solutions, Bitcoin core development, and other initiatives in the ecosystem.
The most significant contribution of $100,000 goes to BTCpay server, an open source bitcoin payment processor; that enables merchants to accept bitcoin payments from anyone in partnership with Strike’s affiliated non-profit. Donations of $50,000 each will be allocated to Jon Atak, a core developer reviewing and working to improve bitcoin. Josh Kitman is working on Fedimint, a Chaumian e-cash solution for Bitcoin. $25,000 to Keith Mukai to further his work on Seed Signer, an offline, air-gapped Bitcoin hardware wallet, to build out multilingual support for right-to-left languages such as Arabic and Hebrew.
Leigh Cuen is receiving a $25,000 grant for her work in developing a bitcoin donation guide for non-profits, state institutions, and activists on how to accept donations in bitcoin and is set to be released next month in partnership with the Bitcoin Policy Institute.
Beyond the individual developers, Robosats, an open-source peer-to-peer (P2P) Lightning exchange, will also receive $25,000 to continue development, offer multilingual support, and build-out guides.
Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian news outlet focused on investigative reporting on Russian politics and society, will also receive a $25,000 donation. The funding will enable the outlet to explore the relationship between cryptocurrency and human rights regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Vinteum Initiative, a non-profit bitcoin research and development center. The center will receive the last $25,000 for its educational seminars, fellowships, and grants to support and build Bitcoin developers in Brazil.
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