The Side Effects of Russia’s War

The U.S. government has boosted funding to three companies – nthLink, Psiphon and Lantern – that build virtual private networks in a bid to help Russians access the internet and Western media since the start of its war in Ukraine, according to five people familiar with the situation. Executives at all three companies, as well as the government-backed nonprofit Open Technology Fund, said they have seen a surge in users since the war began, and while public documents show the companies received at least $4.8 million in federal funding between 2015 and 2021, the five people said that number has increased by almost half to cope with demand.