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The Freenet Non-Profit

All donations go to The Freenet Project Inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the following mission statement:

The specific purpose of this corporation is to assist in developing and disseminating technological solutions to further the open and democratic distribution of information over the Internet or its successor electronic communication networks or organizations. It is also the purpose of this organization to guarantee consenting individuals the free, unmediated, and unimpeded reception and impartation of all intellectual, scientific, literary, social, artistic, creative, human rights, and cultural expressions, opinions and ideas without interference or limitation by or service to state, private, or special interests. It is also the purpose of this organization to educate the world community and be an advocate of these purposes.

All funds received will only be utilized to advance our Mission Statement, and are administered at the direction of the Freenet Project Board.

The Freenet Project Inc is registered under EIN 95-4864038

Why donate

Although countless people have given their time and skill to the project since its inception, The Freenet Project relies on your donations to cover hosting and administrative costs (i.e. domain registrations and certificates). If we have enough funds, we can hire developers to work on Freenet.

Freenet is a platform for censorship-resistant communication and publishing. For the past 15 years the project has built tools to fight for freedom of speech and information. Our software provides a decentralized peer-to-peer network designed to hide who publishes or accesses potentially controversial information - or even that it exists - especially useful for those living in oppressive political regimes.

While development is primarily driven by volunteers, the project has also employed paid developers to provide more focused work. Over the past 2 years, the project's paid developer has made great progress improving “Web of Trust” functionality to combat spam, which is a central problem in any anonymous system. Unfortunately, the Freenet Project no longer has enough money to retain his services, so he is now a volunteer. This greatly reduces his capacity to continue this important work.

We are excited for the future of Freenet and the projects built on top of it. There is so much more work to do, and full-time developers greatly benefit the project.

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All support is very much appreciated.


The following persons, organisations and companies have generously sponsored this project through donations or discounts on hardware and services:

Freenet Project Inc does not necessarily endorse the business activities of all of the companies listed on this page.

Donation inquiries please contact Ian Clarke using the press@ email address on the footer of the page.