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<li>private by default</li>
<li>zero-knowledge</li>
<li>peer-to-peer</li>
<li>free and open</li>
<li>copyleft / share-alike</li>
<li>interoperable</li>
<li>non-commercial</li>
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## Research & development
Imagine an Internet where you own your own home at your own address. This is a place that’s private by default where you decide what you want to share and with whom. That’s what we’re developing. We call it Project Tincan.
Imagine an Internet where you own your own home at your own address. This is a place that’s private by default where others can easily reach you but where you decide what you want to share and with whom. That’s what we’re developing. We call it Project Tincan.
[Learn more about Project Tincan.](/r&d/tincan)
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<p>We’re Aral Balkan and Laura Kalbag (and Oskar the huskamute). We live and work in Cork, Ireland.</p>
{{< /subtitle >}}
We are small by design but that doesn’t mean we do everything ourselves. We stand on the shoulders of giants and exist thanks to the support of our community, patrons, partners, and allies.
Since 2014, we’ve been advocating for regulation of surveillance capitalism, investment in ethical alternatives, and carrying out [research and development](/research-and-development) on ethical alternatives.
After moving to Ireland, we set up the Small Technology Foundation with the mission to evolve the Internet so each one of us can own and control our own place on it.
Our work is private by default, zero-knowledge, peer-to-peer, copyleft / share-alike, interoperable, and non-commercial.
We don’t take money from surveillance capitalists and we exist thanks to [the support of individuals like you](/fund).
## Future
Plans for the future *(these could also be on the Fund page, maybe we can make a content fragment that repeats the same copy on both pages?)*
We are small by design and we’re designed to stay small even as our work becomes more popular.
## History
Small Technology does not grow exponentially. Our goal is not to become a billion-dollar unicorn. In fact, that would be our failure state. Instead, the tools we make scale horizontally.
Important dates of things we’ve done and why
This doesn’t mean that we don’t need income or that we don’t have a plan to become sustainable because we do.
## Previously known as Ind.ie
In addition to our revenue streams from patrons, donations, and sales of Better Blocker on the macOS and iOS app stores, we will be urging VPS hosts who make money hosting our tools to give back a portion of their proceeds to us under an honour system. In return, we will be featuring those hosts who support us as preferred hosts on our site. Our goal is to build an interoperable community of hosts that provide personal hosting services to the general public.
We used to be known as Ind.ie. In 2018 we moved to Ireland, and in 2019 we formed Small Technology Foundation as our Irish not-for-profit organisation. You can [read the long story about our change of name on Laura’s blog](blog-post-about-name-changeTODO).
## History
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The Ind.ie Radar still continues the Ind.ie web site, and you can follow @indie on Mastodon and Twitter for thought-provoking links we recommend most weekdays.
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(((NOTE: Proof dates)))
## Aral Balkan
We used to be known as Ind.ie. In 2018 we moved to Ireland, and in 2019 we formed Small Technology Foundation as our Irish not-for-profit organisation. You can [read about our evolution on Laura’s blog](blog-post-from-indie-to-small-technology-foundation).
(bio)
Here is a short timeline of imprortant events in our history.
- 2014: Ind.ie is formed in Brighton, UK
- 2015: Heartbeat pre-alpha is released. Heartbeat is the spiritual precursor to Tincan. We realise, however, that our current technology stack is not fit to take the project further. In dire need of funds, we invest our remaining money to develop Better Blocker.
- 2016: The Conservatives win re-election in the UK with a manifesto that details plans to pass a draconian surveillance law (the IP Act), holding a referendum on Brexit, and scrapping the Human Rights Act. As this is fundamentally incompatible with our mission, we decide to leave the UK. Following my opening keynote at The Conference in Malmö, we move to Sweden.
- 2017: Better Blocker is released as a no-nonsense tracker blocker to rave reviews.
- 2018: We move to Ireland.
- 2019: We launch Project Tincan, Site.js, and the Small Technology Foundation.
## Laura Kalbag
## Meet the elves
### Aral Balkan
(bio)
## Oskar Kalbag
### Laura Kalbag
(bio)
### Oskar Kalbag
## Extended Family
(previous Indie folks)
We’re just two people, *we can’t create a fairer and more equal internet alone*. These are groups and projects we are excited about, support, and want to see succeed.
[DAT] ?
<ul>
<li class="mastodon">
<a href="https://joinmastodon.org">
<img src="/images/mastodon.svg" alt="">
</a>
<p class="summary"><a href="https://joinmastodon.org">Mastodon</a> is a free, open-source, and federated social network server based on open web protocols.
</p>
</li>
<li class="purism">
<a href="https://puri.sm">
<img src="/images/purism.jpg" alt="Purism’s Librem phone mockups">
</a>
<p class="summary"><a href="https://puri.sm">Purism</a> is a security and freedom-focused computer manufacturer.
</p>
</li>
<li class="matrix">
<a href="https://matrix.org">
<img src="/images/matrix.svg" alt="">
</a>
<p class="summary"><a href="https://matrix.org">Matrix</a> is an open network for secure, decentralized communication.
</p>
</li>
<li class="system76">
<a href="https://system76.com">
<img src="/images/system76.jpg" alt="">
</a>
<p class="summary"><a href="https://system76.com">System76</a> makes Linux laptops, desktops, and servers with a focus on great experiences.
</p>
</li>
<li class="whitehatux">
<a href="http://whitehatux.com">
<img src="/images/whitehatux.jpg" alt="White Hat UX book">
</a>
<p class="summary"><a href="http://whitehatux.com">White Hat UX</a> is a book that focuses on creating unique user experiences without a dark side.
</p>
</li>
<li class="elementaryos">
<a href="https://elementary.io">
<img src="/images/elementaryos.jpg" alt="">
</a>
<p class="summary"><a href="https://elementary.io">Elementary OS</a> is a fast and open operating system made to replace macOS and Windows.
</p>
</li>
</ul>
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<p>Most of our time is spent on research and development in X.</p>
<p>Imagine an Internet where every one of us has a home of our own. That’s what we’re developing with Project Tincan.</p>
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Projects
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