DTL Call For Tools

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Call for Tools 2018

The main purpose of DTL is to support the development of software on data transparency & privacy. With this aim DTL has launched this international funding opportunity to enable startups, companies, entrepreneurs, students, universities and research centers to develop apps, tools, libraries and other forms of software that provide privacy and transparency to users on how their data is being used when they connect to online services: which data is collected, who is collecting that data and how it is used. The aim of this call is to give economic and technical support to develop apps, tools, libraries and other forms of software that explore topics aligned with Data Transparency Lab’s mission.

Deadline: September 30th


Call for Tools - Data Transparency Lab - DTL2018The current call will award €50 000 in total and the number of selected projects will depend on the amounts requested by the applicants that make it to the final. Participants will be able to select the required amount to finalize the project, from €10,000 to €25,000. In addition to the economical prize, the selected projects will get technical support from an advisor from Telefónica with whom the will sign a Schedule of Work to supervise the development of the tool and guarantee the success of the project.

How to participate

If you want to submit a proposal, please fill in the form at the right side of this page.

Research Areas

• Detection and analysis of algorithmic bias and discrimination, personal filter-bubbles, societal polarization, etc.
• Detection and analysis of fake news and other manipulation techniques through social and other media.
• Detection and analysis of large scale censorship/filtering efforts.
• Detection and analysis of anti-competitive practices in online platforms.
• Detection and analysis of large scale (commercial or governmental) surveillance/monitoring efforts.
• Detection and analysis of geoblocking in e-commerce, content distribution services, etc.
• Detection and analysis of tracking, including advanced finger-printing methods.
• Detection of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) leakage.
• Detection and analysis of online behavioural targeting on advertising, search, recommendation, etc.
• Detection and analysis of location tracking.
• Detection and analysis of cross device/platform tracking.
• Reverse engineering online pricing (e-commerce, spot/surge pricing for cloud, transportation, accommodation and other services).
• Transparency of physical location where personal data are stored as well as of network paths crossed during transfers.
• Transparency challenges around new crypto-currencies and blockchain technologies.
• Transparency of Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning algorithms.
• Explainable Artificial Intelligence.
• HCI challenges in demonstrating transparency/privacy/algorithmic bias concepts to user.

Winners Announcement

The selected projects will be announced on November 15th. All proposals will be evaluated by a committee composed of experts of the industry and media under the coordination of Daniel Coloma, DTL Technical Director. These are the members of the committee confirmed so far: Ángel Cuevas, Visiting Professor at Universidad Carlos III; Elena Poughia, General Manager at Dataconomy; Andrei Sambra, Tech Lead at Qwant; Ashkan Soltani, Independent researcher and technologist and Antonio Guzmán Head of Discovery and Innovation at Aura project in Telefónica.

Call for tools Key Dates

Call for tools Deadline: September 30th, 2018

Winners Announcement: November 15th, 2018

Total amount of the call: €50 000

Amount per prize: €10 000 – €25 000

Call For Tools 2018 – Submission form

  • Please fill in the following form to submit your project to our Call for Tools 2018: The maximum length for each response is 1500 characters. (If you have any doubt you can contact us at grants (@)
  • Name of the main contact:*
  • Email:*
  • Country:*
  • Phone:* Please include your country prefix
  • Applicant Type:
  • If you selected "Other" at Applicant Type, please specify:
  • Name of Company/University/Research Center:*
  • Project Name:*
  • Project Website:
  • Repository: (Github or similar)
  • Applicable Open Source License:
  • Existing tools for end-users based in your product:*
  • Requested Fund:*
  • Describe your open source project. What is it? What are its goals?*
  • Describe the purpose of your funding request. What are the key deliverables? What are the core milestones towards accomplishing the deliverables?*
  • How do you plan to spend the requested funds?*
  • Who are the members of your core team? How is your project managed?*
  • Describe your community. Projects with existing code and an existing community are preferred, but not required.*
  • Do you have a code of conduct for your community and what do you do when someone violates it?*
  • Have you ever received a grant or award from DTL before? If yes, please tell us about the DTL awarded project. How much were you awarded? What were your planned outcomes? Did you reach them? If not, why not?*
  • Which are the main DTL focus areas addressed by this project*
  • Additional info that can help us better valuate your project.
  • Please confirm that you accept all the terms and conditions of our handbook



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