What is this?
This is an acknowledgement that OTF as a funding platform has a lot of room for improvement. We’ve just kicked off our 5th year and hear you, it’s time to add some more goodness into the mix, make things easier, make things more exciting, evolve our processes, share back more information, and introduce new entry points. Fortunately, in those 5 years, y’all have been incredible and shared some amazing ideas. And we’ve spend a lot of time listening, below is a list of the things we’ve heard most often.
The list of ideas (grouped, not in order of priority)
- Perform a full usability assessment of the proposal system and implement improvements;
- Features that allow multiple entity and collaborative applications;
- Features that allow additional peer/public-review of applications;
- A feature rich AppBot (Signal, WhatsApp, XMPP, Slack interface) to applications functions and submissions;
- Other features that allow end-to-end encrypted submissions (PGP/miniLock);
- Deploying .onion address for all OTF services;
- An OTF browser-extension for a alternate access when/if blocked;
- Project payments via Bitcoin and/or other online currencies;
- Publicly release the open-source code behind the proposal system;
- Service to perform deeper analysis of submitted proposals (making public as much as responsibly possible);
- Service to improve upon existing project monitoring and evaluation, deeper analysis of progress, outcomes, effects, and impact (making as much of this public as responsibly possible);
- Service that responsibly increases OTF fiscal transparency to the public;
- A better responsible data policy;
- ‘Double-bind’ VPN payment service for intermediaries;
- Supporting pluggable transport integration as a service offering;
- Supporting Tor Hidden Service integration as a service offering;
- Android Tor and Security integrations as a service offering (NetCipher, SQLCipher, IOCipher);
- Supporting domain-fronting as a service offering;
- Accept individual donor payments as a conduit to projects and for OTF;
- A crowdfunded OTF Distributed Automated Organization (DAO); and,
- What else?
We can’t commit to doing all of these things, but we want to list them as interesting things we’re considering based on demand and available resources. We also don’t think they have to happen only within OTF or that we should be the only folks hording this list. In our non-competitive spirit, we’re putting what we’ve heard back out here and will commit to engaging in discussions here openly.
That said, we are going do some of these things! We want your thoughts, your opinions, we want you to add things that are missing from this list, and we want you to directly affect what we choose to do first. We consider you our peers and stakeholders. This is one new actions we’re doing that engages you as such (more coming).
Ultimately, we hope discussion here helps us prioritize and focus on key considerations. We’ll take what we hear from these discussions and for those that are right for us, post a request for partners on our website, looking for individuals and organizations who can help us build and maintain the ideas we choose to work on. As we begin deploying things, we’ll continue listening to feedback here, and evolving.