Join the NLnet Foundation at FOSDEM 2021 this weekend and come check out the many useful and groundbreaking projects funded by the NGI Zero research and development grants at the largest gathering for free and open source software & open hardware (amongst others @XWiki, @nextcloud, @EteSync and many more) ->

In just several minutes our webinar on DNS and naming systems R&D will start! projects like Connect by Name, (, Namecoin ( and Internetwide ( expand on how their work can contribute to a more trustworthy & transparent DNS. Check it out here ->

As part of the initiative, the NLnet foundation is happy to announce a brand new grant making programme. NGI Assure is looking for technological building blocks that provide strong assurances to internet users. A non-exhaustive list of technologies that could be of interest: quantum-proof cryptography, public key trust chains, ratchet mechanisms, distributed hash tables and directed acyclic graphs for secure peer-to-peer connections ->

Chips4Makers ( is making a development version of the free & open source Libre-RISC-V-system on a chip using new tools and chip building blocks to make this custom manufacturing possible. This project as well as the Libre-RISC-V system-on-chip project is funded by the through @NGIZero-grants, to open up innovation in computer technologies, energy efficient & cheaper devices that everyone can verify & modify, top to bottom ->

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Instead of buying a computer, why not make one? Custom chip development is not accessible for designers, start-ups & creatives, because the tools to make these chips are (unnecessarily) expensive & restrictive. Chips4Makers (@Chips4Makers on birdsite) instead develops free and open source tooling (that can be audited for security & privacy benefits) so anyone can create their own chips. The first test chip is now made & ready for testing! ->

Funding from @NGIZero for a more private @delta helped the development of Delta Bot, as developer Holger Krekel explains: "frameworks for writing Chat bots in Python or Javascript. (...) The most important advantage is in terms of privacy. Rather than using a username and a password, or using a centralized login via Facebook or GitHub (Microsoft) “login with Delta Chat” is just between the Website, the Login-bot and the Delta Chat app." ->

Luckily this formally verified end-to-end encryption protocol now is not only available to users and businesses with a pricy subscription, but to everyone! You know, as it should be (and what the is trying to make happen, among other things) ->

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The recent ability for video conferencing platform to offer end-to-end encryption to its paying customers was made possible with the help of a cutting edge research project from Europe. The new proprietary encryption protocol has been verified using the open source formal verification software Verifpal, which was developed in France with funding from the initiative. Until recently, such verification would have taken much longer to complete ->

Comprehensive databases of known FOSS software vulnerabilities are mostly proprietary & privately maintained. Why could not these be open data instead?

Michael Herzog & Philippe Ombredanne of nexB a free software vulnerability database (, at the Open Source Summit June 29. Check it out below! While you're at it, check out other projects improving open search & discovery for a ->

Many of us are working from home to slow down the COVID-19 pandemic. As it so happens, the initiative develops and promotes tools suited just for this ->

", the video conferencing service whose use has spiked amid the Covid-19 pandemic, claims to implement end-to-end encryption, widely understood as the most private form of internet communication, protecting conversations from all outside parties. In fact, Zoom is using its own definition of the term, one that lets Zoom itself access unencrypted video and audio from meetings." ->

2 factor authentication makes your organizations security independent from vendor decisions & cloud services (which is why @NGIZero fund only & and trust enhancing tech for a ->

If you can't open it, you don't own it. To make an actually sustainable , all our connected devices must be fixable instead of only disposable. Happy to see the European Commission to make 'right to repair' a reaility ->

"/e/ OS is about freedom of choice. We want the core system to be better, and then offer as many possible options to users, by informing them as much as possible. In short: they can still any application they need. Next step will be to offer a feature to actually block trackers used in applications." Great interview with @gael about /e/, a de-Googled Android smartphone OS.

Great piece in Wired about Wireguard (which @NGIZero and the ⭐ ⭐ actively funds ⭐ ⭐ )and why its inclusion in the Linux-kernel will give users an easy-to-use, auditable and fast VPN ->

Once more with an actually working URL: do you have a great idea to make our data portable, free and liberated from data silos like , and ? Join now and get your project funded!

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Control over our personal data and privacy first requires data portability. Do you have the answer to , and 's data silos? Join NGI DAPSI, fund your project and help put users back in the driver seat! ->

"Nothing drives adoption like ease of use!" @letsencrypt issued 1 bn certificates and reflects on why we need easy-to-use encryption (which is why we fund Autocrypt and other accessible encryption tech for the ) ->

Regaining control of your smartphone with postmarketOS and Maemo Leste now important open source phone OS projects that @NGIZero is proud to support! Check out more anout Maemo Leste ->

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