Broadcasting Board of Governors
|Broadcasting Board of Governors|
• United States Information Agency|
• Office of Affiliate Relations and Media Training
|Formation||October 1, 1999|
• Voice of America
• The Middle East Broadcasting Networks Inc.
• Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
• Radio Free Asia
• Radio Marti
• TV Marti
• Radio Sawa
• Jeffrey Shell|
• Matthew Armstrong
• Leon Aron
• Ryan Crocker
• Michael Kempner
• Karen Kornbluh
• John Kerry
• Kenneth R. Weinstein
|Notable for continued funding of Tor.|
The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is a US government body which, amongst other activities, continues to fund Tor.
It self described goal is to "deliver accurate news and information to significant and strategic audiences overseas... and to serve as a trustworthy source of news and as an example of a free, professional press in countries that lack independent media." The BBG was a department within the United States Information Agency until becoming "an independent, autonomous entity on October 1, 1999 as a result of the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998".
The website announces announces that it has a board which serves as a "firewall" against political interference in the journalistic product. Yasha Levine reports that the BBG "reports directly to Secretary of State John Kerry".
The BBG solicits annual funding from US Congress via a proposed budget summary, which can be found on the BBG website. The Board submits an annual budget submission in which they lay out specific initiatives. Initiatives in 2011 included improving the global satellite distribution capacity, creating Radio Free Asia video programming and improving distribution of Voice of America content.
Announced in April 2011, the BBG will receive $10 million from Congress for the purpose of fighting Internet/Censorship. During the federal funding dispute for the fiscal year 2011, Barack Obama sided with the BBG agreeing to language that the organization would "expand unrestricted access to information on the Internet." This work includes anti-censorships campaigns in China and other "repressive regimes".
Their 2014 operating budget of US$733 million included an "Internet freedom" budget of $25 million, with half of that money flowing through Radio Free Asia's Open Technology Fund (which Yasha Levine notes funded Tor in 2014 in excess of $1 million). This $12.75 million represented a three-fold increase in OTF’s budget from 2013. Their budget request for FY 2015 is US$721 million, and can be found here.
- "Budget Summary".
- Bluey, Rob (April 11, 2011). "Obama Circumvents State Department, supports plan to give BBG $10 million". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved May 15, 2011.[dead link]
-  at The Broadcasting Board of Governors website.