Bug Bounties

We create bounties that will be paid out to anyone who finds a major security bug in any of our supported projects. These grants will incentivize the world to comb through the code of our projects and look for problems, dramatically improving the world's confidence in the integrity and security of the projects.

Professional Audits

We give grants to well-known professionals or organizations to audit code and look for bugs, clandestine back doors, or other errata that could compromise security. This adds another layer of oversight and integrity checking to reinforce the trust in all of our supported projects.

Direct Funding

We give grants to worthy projects to enable them to hire staff. This will facilitate code changes to implement bug fixes, and make improvements or upgrades to our supported projects, allowing them to advance in quality, features, or proper documentation of code at a much faster pace.

Latest News On OSTIF.org

Our KickStarter Project Image!

We are revealing our KickStarter project image. This is the image that you will first see for us on the site when the campaign begins! Credit goes to Zach Graves for creating the

Kickstarter Financial Goals Revealed

We are releasing our final goals for the OSTIF Kickstarter project. This includes four sets of goals, from our primary goals to three sets of stretch goals should we exceed funding for our primary goal. The figures we have reached are based on multiple price quotes for services from companies that we would entrust

Kickstarter Rewards Revealed

We have agreed upon our rewards that we will be offering for Kickstarter to donors that support our cause. We've tried to balance giving our donors well deserved recognition and rewards with keeping the overhead for the donation drive down. The (tentative) rewards will be as follows: Donate up to $30 A big warm thank you for

The March Toward Kickstarter Continues

A series of updates on what we have been up to! We continue to negotiate the terms of bug bounty agreements with our supported projects. A special thank you to Matt Caswell of OpenSSL, Samuli Seppänen of OpenVPN, and Mounir Idrassi of VeraCrypt for our ongoing dialogue. The website will be updated soon to reflect

OSTIF Progress Report – Transparency – September 23rd 2015

OSTIF is marching toward our first major fundraiser and we have reached a number of milestones. We have established our Kickstarter account. Our website is in its near-final form. Only minor graphic edits remain. We are compiling lists of organizations to reach out to in order to solicit donations. This includes businesses, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, and political

OSTIF Pay Structure – Efficiency Targets – Overhead

Transparency - OSTIF Operational Efficiency and Salaries The OSTIF board has discussed at length the issues of pay, overhead and efficiency for the organization. We have tackled the issue and are hoping to meet or exceed our goals for keeping overhead low and efficiency high, while rewarding successful campaigns and incentivizing good work. We also

OSTIF Has Reached Out to Quarkslab for Auditing Services

We are currently in talks with Quarkslab about possible contracts for getting our supported apps audited. We have selected Quarkslab as a candidate for multiple reasons. They have a strong team of professional staff that works heavily in the areas of software security auditing and cryptography. They have done public audits of independent software before

OSTIF Social Media

We have created our social media accounts and will begin posting all of our news and blog posts to keep everyone informed of our activities! Reddit Handles: OSTIForg and OSTIFofficial Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OSTIFofficial Twitter: @OSTIFofficial YouTube: (Subject to change) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4x_yBX7vLi5M6K7Lc-axUQ Google+: (Subject to

The Open Source Technology Improvement Fund is Official

Hello world! We have completed filing our legal documents for state and federal recognition of the formation of our organization. We are now a legal corporation officially operating in the state of Illinois. We have also received our IRS EIN and held our first meeting with regard to future fundraising plans. We have also began