In 2015, NetGain focused on strengthening the emerging field of public interest technology. Our goal was to increase the number of people around the world who are using their technological skills to advance the common good.

In February 2015, a group of the nation’s leading foundations made a public commitment to jointly address the challenges and opportunities of the digital age.

This new NetGain partnership was supported by five founding partners: the Ford Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Open Society Foundations and Mozilla Foundation.

NetGain marked the first time a group of major foundations would work together to strengthen digital society, guided by a set of principles acknowledging the role of the Internet and related technologies in advancing the public interest.

NetGain deepens the commitment to digital rights from the five founding partners, each of which has long worked on Internet and technological issues, spending approximately $50 million collectively each year. By collaborating, the foundations aim to make their investments more efficient and better coordinated, allowing the group to address the Internet’s most pressing challenges—those that are too large for any one organization to tackle alone.

At the heart of the initiative is a set of “Technology Principles” that guide the group’s work in the digital space, including on privacy and transparency, free speech, and equal access to information online.