What we do

And why we do it

We are a foundation

But not an entirely normal one.

Today, technology determines the course of society. Our not-for-profit infrastructure helps to create and foster technology “commons”.

Established in 2016

What we have to offer

A light-weight and flexible governance infrastructure

We offer a simple solution that will allow many projects to not waste time and start discovering what is out there in the world for them to achieve. You get a virtual not-for-profit organisation to run the Programme, an infrastructure for decision making, and through our partners you will be able to receive tax-friendly donations.

Grow your project

Create a mature environment

Maybe you are considering starting a separate foundation. That has worked for many projects, and will continue to do so in the future. If your project has very specific requirements, it may be the best way to go. But not every project can afford the time and cost involved.

Having ones own full-blown legal entity solves some issues, but may create new ones. Such as responsibilities which can become somewhat of a burden - like filing quarterly taxes, publishing annual reports or obtaining charitable status to make donations more attractive.

For something given away without the intention to make money, the ‘opportunity cost’ in lost hours that could be spent on the project can be pretty high.

Solve what needs to be solved

Keep it simple

[The Commons Conservancy] is the result of people questioning the need for having a separate legal entity per project. It is designed as a shared legal infrastructure designed for multitenancy, which can be reused by open source/free software projects at no cost. It is not a panacea but aims to solve a number of issues people normally start foundations for pretty well - and arguably in some cases does a better job. It is a very nimble and flexible solution, allowing eligible projects to benefit without setup cost or a lot of arguing over details.

instant, free infrastructure for projects

a home for technology efforts in the public interest

Projects should outgrow creators

Organisations that start free software/open source projects sometimes find themselves in a position where they need to loosen their relationship with the project in order to allow it to mature and to live up to its full potential.

Create room for involvement

Valuable contributors from the outside may need to be able to get more responsibility. The community may be asking for an open and trustworthy governance model for clearing and assigning copyrights to be more future proof.

Getting yourself organised

Others want to contribute in other ways — for instance by donating money. But to whom? What about taxes? Scaling up a project often means a lot of additional overhead, and several unknowns that suck up time.

If you are a creator, make sure your project is not hindered by lack of copyright transparency.

Governance matters

(but that doesn’t mean you should waste time)

In it for the long haul

Copyright lasts 75 years or more…

Unlike other organisations you may have looked at, we do not handle money directly. We believe that this makes things a lot easier and safer. You can of course receive donations, but this is handled through a specialised and established charity.

How many foundations created this year will be around in twenty years from now? What will happen to their assets? We aim to stick around, and because of our unique model — we can.

Our (entirely forkable!) framework will offer you some pragmatic and novel solutions when your community would end up in technical or other disagreements. The choice of course remains yours.

Some of our projects

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Making bits travel everywhere

FileSender is a (self-)hosted service that allows people to securely share large files with anyone. It works through your web browser and you can send a file to anyone with a mail address. FileSender was originally created with the needs of scientists and researchers in mind, which means that it scale to extreme file sizes.

Private instances of FileSender are currently in use by many nation research networks and scientific institutes across the world.

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Internet of Coins

Blockchain wizardry

In­ter­net of Coins is a project that aims to cre­ate a de­cen­tral­ized, ­self-­sus­tain­ing econ­o­my by im­ple­ment­ing in­ter-blockchain con­nec­tiv­i­ty. Not through cen­tral­ized ex­changes, nor fed­er­at­ed part­ner­ship­s, or ­multi­gate­ways, but sus­tained by a hy­brid P2P meta-net­work to lever­age each of its par­tic­i­pan­t’s strength in num­ber­s. The dream of the pro­ject is to in­te­grate all coins in­to an in­ter­con­nect­ed and ­fi­nan­cial­ly liq­uid ner­vous sys­tem.



Safer connections for everyone

Vir­tu­al Pri­vate Net­works are an im­por­tant class of tech­nolo­gies that en­able se­cure and pri­vate use of net­works (such as wifi hotspot­s) even in the com­mon case where the trust­wor­thi­ness of the net­work is hard to estab­lish. The use of un­trust­ed wifi net­works is as com­mon as it is risky, and with­out pro­tec­tion po­ten­tial­ly ex­pos­es users to all kind­s of at­tack­s. How­ev­er, set­ting up VP­N’s is tra­di­tion­al­ly a very cum­ber­some task. edu­VPN is an ef­fort to make VPN tech­nol­o­gy com­mon­ly avail­able, by build­ing bet­ter and more user-friend­ly tool­s.

The foundation strives for a fair and balanced global information society in which individuals can collectively scrutinise, reconfigure and improve upon the technology and informational resources they depend on; and to make that technology and those resources secure, reliable, transparent and inclusive and to enable human innovation at the widest possible scale, with the express intention to strenghten the individual in their humanity and to enable them to participate in all facets of modern life — whether social, cultural, economic, private etc. — under conditions of their own choosing, and in full understanding of and control over its workings, and all that relates to the beforementioned or could be beneficial ot it, all in the broadest sense of the word.

Governance matters.

but that doesn’t mean you should waste time