How eelo began
In 2017, Gaël Duval, a long-term open-source supporter, realized that he was more and more using proprietary software- Apple and Android.
He felt trapped inside those Internet giants' ecosystems - that use personal data to fuel their business models.
Gaël then started to look for alternatives and was pleased to find that many alternatives did actually exist - mobile phone operating systems and various web services such as personal data storage, search, and email. The issue he found was that they were very fragmented.
Then, in a series of articles entitled "Leaving Apple & Google: my eelo odyssey" (one, two, three), he announced an initiative to build a consistent and attractive offering with all those features. This proposal would be mostly open-source, made from existing bricks, and would protect users from data spying.
Then he started a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to fuel early development. The campaign was very successful. The rest is history!
The eelo mission & manifesto
We make available independent and open source IT infrastructure products & services, with an emphasis on respect for user data privacy, for the benefit of all.
We think that eelo can have a global, worldwide impact as a major open source project in the public interest. It will help by freeing users from personal data spying and advertising.
eelo is about freedom and privacy in the digital world.
eelo's mission, values and social contract are described in our eelo manifesto :
The eelo Foundation
eelo is a non-profit project in the public interest. It needs a fully independent structure to protect its assets and make them sustainable in the long run.
The eelo foundation will host core eelo assets: domain names, trademarks, intellectual rights, technical expertise.
The eelo foundation will be able to do some business that will ensure minimal income, and receive donations from individuals, corporates and governments.
Some eelo "sister companies" will have strong links with the eelo Foundation to develop business in specific related areas, and contribute to financing the eelo Foundation.
Our non-profit organization "e Foundation" was incorporated in May 2018
The eelo team
Our team is made of passionate people from all over the world!
Our official team includes:
- Gaël: project leader
- Rhandros: designer
- Véronique: communication head
- Hathibelagal: software engineer
- Amit: software engineer
- Romain: software engineer
- Awat: software engineer
- Vincent: software engineer
And eelo is very proud of its regular contributors:
- Thilo: software engineer
- Griffin: software engineer
- Nihar: software enthusiast
- Shawn: infrastructure engineer
- Russell: content editor
- Gomsi: community officer
- Frank: software engineer
And thousands of eelo supporters!