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Vietsch Foundation and NLnet cooperate in internet R&D for research and education 2016/09/28

Third edition of 'Holland Strikes Back' 2016/09/01

RPKI-RTRlib contributes to secure interdomain routing 2016/02/15

NLnet supports BoF 2016/01/30

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Welcome to NLnet Foundation

When it comes to important ideas that can help improve our society, there really are no boundaries. The challenge is to turn those opportunities into reality. Great ideas just come, but they are gone in a breeze as well. Lets make good use of them.

Since 1997 NLnet foundation has been financially supporting organizations and people that contribute to an open information society. It funds those with ideas to fix the internet. The procedure is fast, competitive and open to anyone.

NLnet has contributed funding to many important and very visible projects around fundamental standards from securing the core routing protocols and the domain name system of the internet to safer email, vendor-independent videoconferencing, more reliable wireless networks and private instant messaging - all based on open standards and verifiable open source software and/or hardware. It spawned the world-renowned NLnet Labs, and supported great open source projects like Jitsi, ARPA2, NoScript, Tor Hidden Services, GPLv3, GNUnet, Serval project, Binary Analysis Tool and webODF. And many more ....

What is perhaps most amazing about this all is the size of NLnet. NLnet does not have huge budgets. The foundation's current funding comes from donations and legacies, after having been kickstarted by a substantial capital established by pioneers of the European internet. NLnet itself at the time was the very first Dutch Internet Service Provider, and transitioned into a recognised charity in 1997. The articles of association for the NLnet foundation state: "to promote the exchange of electronic information and all that is related or beneficial to that purpose".

Do you have a great idea?
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Or if you want to support our work,
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Or read what some really interesting people say about NLnet (and why you might consider donating some money).

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Send in your ideas. Deadline October 1st, 2016.

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Please check out NLnet's theme funds, such as the Internet Hardening Fund, standards in real-time communication and the DNSSEC fund.

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