NGI Zero awarded two EC research and innovation actions 2018/12/01

EC publishes study on Next Generation Internet 2025 2018/10/05

Bob Goudriaan successor of Marc Gauw 2017/10/12

NLnet Labs' Jaap Akkerhuis inducted in Internet Hall of Fame 2017/09/19

NLnet and Gartner to write vision for EC's Next Generation Internet initiative 2017/04/12

Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs donates 0.5 million to "Internet Hardening Fund" 2016/12/16

  Help grow the future. Donate

Current Projects

Listed on this page are programs and projects which are - at this moment - working with NLnet funding.

NLnet has a long term commitment to the following programs:
NLnet Labs - lab for Internet infrastructure development
Other running projects:
ARPA2 - Working towards a decentralised global internet that offers security and privacy by design.
ARPA2 Steamworks -

Near-instantaneous controlled configuration settings over any network

Conferences - sponsoring of various conferences
Declarative web service security - Declarative web service security in NixOS
Democratic Sendcomm - An easy to use connected open hardware device with a flat learning curve
DIME - A new encrypted, end-to-end email protocol
Donations - smaller contributions to various activities
eduVPN -

Making secure VPN network technology available to everyone

ELF Linking -

Analytic tools for UNIX' Executable and Linkable Format

Explain Direct - Providing effective and efficient access paradigms for open educational material
Fashion Freedom -

Supporting research, development, and education to bring the fashion industry into the 21st century

FileSender - FileSender is a secure and private way to share large files with anyone.
Global Directories - Distributed contact information discovery mechanism
GUN - A realtime, decentralized, offline-first, graph database engine.
Hackathons - contributions to various hackathons
Internet of Coins -

Create a decentralized, self-sustaining economy by implementing inter-blockchain connectivity

iuh-openbsc - An open source implementation of 3G
Magic Wormhole - Magic Wormhole allows you to securely send files between two computers with minimum fuss
Namecoin - Decentralized, censorship resist Internet infrastructure for e.g. DNS and identities
nftables-xfrm -

Rewriting nftables to optimise for xfrm

Nixcloud Mail - Declarative mail server based on NixOS
Nixcloud Webservices - Declarative web services based on NixOS
PKCS#11 v3 - Contribute to standardisation of PKCS

Next iteration of the Protocol for SYnchronous Conferencing

RaptorJIT - RaptorJIT is a high-performance Lua virtual machine for network dataplanes.
Redwax -

Modular infrastructure for building security services on the web


Create a GSM mobile phone consisting of completely open source software and SDR radio

Searx - Searx is an internet metasearch engine that can be easily self-hosted by anyone.
SecuShare -

A framework for sufficiently safe social interaction.

SecuShare-box -

A framework for sufficiently safe social interaction.

Serval-LR - SERVAL Long-range WiFi Add-on
SIPproxy64/6bed4 - 0cpm, SIPproxy64, 6bed4, applet, freeswitch RTT
SocketHUB -

A polyglot communication server for the decentralized internet

Stubby -

A DNS stub resolver which will provide DNS Privacy for end users

TLS-KDH - Kerberos-based (mutual) authentication, bound in Elliptic-Curve Diffie-Hellman
TOS;DR - A user rights initiative to rate and label website terms & privacy policies
Tracking Exposed - Increase transparency behind personalization algorithms
Trusted Boot Module - An open hardware trusted boot manager
Uberflow - An Open-Source OpenFlow Controller Implementing the North-Bound Interface
Vita - Vita is a fast VPN gateway that operates at layer-3.
Wireguard - A fast and modern VPN that utilizes state-of-the-art cryptography.


Send in your ideas.
Deadline June 1st, 2019.

Help fundraising for the open internet with 5 minutes of your time

NLnet Projects