The ThreeFold Foundation is not ThreeFold — rather, it is sparking a movement to bring the world a truly peer-to-peer internet. We acknowledge and support the many people and organizations around the world who bring crucial support to the growth and adoption of the ThreeFold Grid.
While to date we have maintained more of a focal role in terms of funding, development, and promotion, for example, this has been more out of necessity than out of desire. We know that the success of the project depends on a distributed and decentralized
ecosystem all working towards the same vision.
We agree that the world needs some healing and that raising consciousness is the way forward. This happens on 3 levels: physical (climate, pollution), personal (spirituality) and digital. Our current internet is seriously broken, and it needs to be fixed.
Any technology is only as good as the values on which it is created. Below are the three pillars that ThreeFold is built on:
Equality is the foundation for a fair world where everyone is given the opportunity to be empowered and to achieve their full potential.
Being empowered to learn, partake, dream and succeed is fundamental to achieve peace and fulfillment of humankind's potential
Sustainability ensures the future of life on earth. It is about adopting the behavior and mindset to minimize our footprint.
In 2016, the United Nations officially declared Internet access
to be a human right. The right to internet access aims to
protect people’s freedom of expression and opinion, as well as
other fundamentals such as access to knowledge and
Yet as of today, about 48% of humanity remains unconnected to the Internet, creating huge inequalities in the access to information and knowledge. It is important that the right steps are taken to improve the relationship between governments and citizens and to uphold all human rights.
To make the new internet accessible and equal to all, ThreeFold built an infrastructure that is affordable to all and collectively owned by the network peers. To ensure a fair and equal distribution of the internet to everyone, fully sponsored capacity will be deployed in remote regions of our world.
The Internet evolved to become the world's largest database of
information and knowledge, opening up exponential growth on
personal, organizational and economic levels. Yet it is owned by
large international companies that exploit users data.
The current approach of many governments and countries is to cut the Internet into pieces by limiting its accessibility and enforcing regulations. We need an internet that protects our digital freedom and fair access to global information for everyone, everywhere.
The ThreeFold Grid is a peer-to-peer Internet - owned by its users. All the technology of this new Internet is open-source and the whole experience is built around the fundamentals of a peer-to-peer network. On the ThreeFold Grid, everyone owns their data and experiences - they are autonomous.
The current internet consumes about 10% of global energy
production. With the imminent boom of emerging technologies such
as Blockchain, Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, Artificial
Intelligence and 5G, the Internet’s energy consumption is
expected to increase exponentially.
The current industry solutions focus on increasing the use of renewable energies to power data centers. However this is not a viable solution as data centers consume enormous amounts of energy. Therefore, a new solution that can drastically reduce the global internet’s energy consumption is needed.
The ThreeFold Grid is the first true peer-to-peer Internet. It uses pioneering technologies that removes the need for centralized and power-hungry data centers, consumes 90% less energy, and uses 90% less international fiber network capacity.
Kristof is a motivated entrepreneur, having founded more than 10 companies (6 sold) in storage, automation, and cloud computing. More importantly, though, he is a humanist – passionate to help make the world a better place through building technology for all to use.
Reem believes that technology is the key to making the world a little bit better and greener. So after studying Digital Media Engineering Technology and Computer Science she joined ThreeFold in the pursuit of making the world a nicer place through lines of code.
Originating out of Zimbabwe, Chris is passionate about seeing Africa transform into a world-first digital economy. For him, the macroeconomic and social impact ThreeFold can impart within emerging markets is unprecedented and can revolutionize many sectors & uplift nations.
Sam believes in following momentum, & momentum led him to ThreeFold. "The movement represents a new frontier, a new mindset, and a better, more fair & honest way forward. We have the opportunity & ability to have great, positive, and widespread impact on the world."
Sabrina is a firm believer in equality and fairness. She believes that everyone should be treated the same, regardless of where you were born, where you live or who you are. Everyone should be given the same opportunities in life, and with ThreeFold we can help reach that goal by creating a digital world without borders nor geographical discrimination.
For Weynand, the Internet is where the next generation will expand their minds and innovate. He experienced this first-hand when his son outsmarted him by learning online how to boil an egg in a microwave. Such learning ability should be available globally, sustainably and efficiently.
Everyone deserves equal chances to learn, partake and succeed. We want to empower people from all around the world to chase their dreams.
We need guiding principles to enable the rise of collective inteligence and harmony. Values guide our beliefs, attitude and behaviour.
We are grateful for the abundance around us. All life exists for a reason and plays a role in maintaining the balance that brings life.