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The Promise of the internet

The dawn of the Internet promised us a new world, without physical boundaries, where ambitions could be made manifest -- a world where anyone could express their beliefs without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity. It promised a place that was uncensorable, that allowed us to be whomever we wanted to be, and to band together in communities of common interests to become more powerful than we could be alone.

Sadly, that freedom is in danger.

As the Internet has grown toward ubiquity, governments around the world have repeatedly attempted to pass laws regulating the free discourse on the Internet and silencing calls for social change. At the same time, corporations increasingly strive to identify each of us, monitoring everything that we share and forcing us to play by their rules.

It doesn't have to be this way.


"The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it." –John Gilmore, 1993


Tavern helps restore that Promise

Tavern is a distributed, anonymous, unblockable network designed to ensure that no one is silenced, censored, or cut off from the rest of the world. Tavern runs on computers small and large, forming a scalable meshnet where anyone can communicate freely and openly, without fear of censorship or oppression. Each machine that joins the network makes it stronger and more resilient, and helps protect the privacy and free speech of every other user. Powerful encryption ensures no one will be eavesdropping on your conversations.

Tavern is a community built by and of its citizens and their communities, designed to let you control exactly who you want to be. Whether you want to post under your real name, or as WilcoFan17, you never have to share more than you want to.

Tavern is built around ensuring that you can always make this choice for yourself, restricting the options for harassment, stalkers and trolls. Tavern lets you share and post whatever you want - It supports messages in text, but also has built-in support for sharing photos, videos and other (legal) data, all copied through the same network, and shared with whomever you want. It also supports private person-to-person messages, which are encrypted so only the intended recipient can open and read them.

Content gives everyone a simple interface to Tavern - It's free, anonymous and secure. gives you an interface is similar to other forums - It's easy to use, and no registration is required.

It's a democratic community, like the internet was meant to be. Users can choose their own moderators, subscribe to topics on whatever interests them, and share their thoughts with the world. makes it easy for anyone to stay connected, share thoughts and files with friends.

The Tavern Bartender runs at your home or office, making your Tavern access fast and secure.

The Tavern Bartender is a physical Tavern machine, that makes you part of the network. Your machine will exchange messages and files with users around the world, and work even when the internet goes down.

It's build on the Raspberry Pi, the fast and hackable little machine that's taking the world by storm. It's available in high-volumes, making sure we won't have any problems delivering your Tavern Bartender straight to your door.

The Bartender silently and automatically downloads all the messages you're interested in, so they're already local and ready for you. Because it runs on your network, there are no servers that can go down, no one tracking what you look at, and no one to control or censor your access. You're the master of your own domain, and can run things however you'd like.

Tavern makes sure you are never silenced.

If you have access to the internet, Tavern will upload everything you post to other servers across the planet.

If your internet access is blocked or down, Tavern will wirelessly broadcast your message to any other Tavern Bartenders nearby - Each of them can then re-share your files and messages to others, relaying your information until it reaches the world.

Finally, if your entire region is blocked from the internet, Tavern can save your messages to a Smartphone or USB stick, where they can be carried to safety.

No matter how your words are shared, Tavern makes sure that you can't be blocked, impersonated, or cut off from communication.