About NLnet LabsThe Internet's strength is that it allows people to connect and communicate with all others on the Internet without, in theory, the need for special provisions elsewhere than at the end-nodes. This allows people to publish, provide services, to purchase, read, and consume in a global and truly free manner. In our view the success of the Internet is coupled to the success of open source and open standards development. The TCP/IP stack, web browsers, scripting languages, popular databases, core infrastructure, popular operating systems have all been at the foundation of the net's success and the net has been a driver for the proliferation of all these tools.
NLnet Labs is a research and development group that focuses on those developments in Internet technology where bridges between theory and practical deployment need to be built; areas where engineering and standardization takes place.
It is our goal to play an active and relevant role in these areas through the development of open source software, through participating in development of open standards, and through the dissemination of knowledge.
All our deliverables are targeted to enhance the open, secure, and innovative nature of the Internet for all.
Within that context NLnet Labs has become a recognized expertise centre in the area of DNS and DNSSEC. Our software has found its way to important components of the Internet infrastructure and we contribute actively in multiple facets of the standards development process. Dissemination of knowledge is done through education and collaboration.
HistoryNLnet Labs was founded in 1999 by Stichting NLnet. It started with a team of two employees working on the DNSSEC project. The budget of NLnet Labs is based on long term investment for development with a staff of five to six people and mainly provided through a subsidy by the Stichting NLnet.
MissionNLnet Labs was founded to develop, implement, evaluate, and promote new protocols and applications for the Internet. Its activities are focused on topics directly relating to the Internet's infrastructure, such as DNS, DNSSEC, IPv6, and routing.
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This is the translation of the 2007 version of our statutes, the only difference in the 2012 version is that article 4.1 reads: "The board shall consist of at least three persons."
Annual Report 2012 pdf.
Annual Report 2011 pdf.
Annual Report 2010 pdf.
Annual Report 2009 pdf.
Annual Report 2008 pdf.
Annual Report 2007 pdf.