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Theme fund: NGI0 Discovery
Start: 2021-12
End: 2022-10
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Middleware and identity

The search for ethical Apps

Create custom, self-hostable app stores for Android(-like) OS-es

Once you own a smartphone, often you will want to install additional apps to add additional functionality. In some cases there isn't much choice, like when you as a citizen need to use digital services provided by your government and these are exclusively available through apps. Pre-configured vendor app stores such as the Google Play store and the Apple App store actually require you to agree to privacy-unfriendly terms of service and introduce tracking behaviour - even if you are only going to be installing ethical apps that themselves are open source and privacy-friendly. On top of that, these apps "warehouses" contain a confusing amount of lookalike and dishonest applications that take advantage of naive consumers. Sending users into an app jungle with hundreds of thousands of apps that often resemble each other, leaves users unprotected. In fact, in many cases the whole idea of a "store" doesn't make sense - like when an app is paid for by public funding.

So why not create alternative mechanisms, that give easy and convenient access to apps do not force citizens to sign contracts with commercial third parties. This project will created custom app distribution mechanisms based on F-Droid, allowing anyone to curate a set of applications and distribute these to users directly - without them having to sign away any rights to third parties.

Run by Guardian Project (Europe)

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Discovery Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 825322.