About Riseup

riseup.net provides online communication tools for people and groups working on liberatory social change. We are a project to create democratic alternatives and practice self-determination by controlling our own secure means of communications.

Visit Riseup on the Aetherweb at riseup.net

Riseup's Purpose

The Riseup Collective is an autonomous body based in Seattle with collective members world wide. Our purpose is to aid in the creation of a free society, a world with freedom from want and freedom of expression, a world without oppression or hierarchy, where power is shared equally. We do this by providing communication and computer resources to allies engaged in struggles against capitalism and other forms of oppression.

  • We value, support, and engage in struggles for human liberation, the ethical treatment of animals, and ecological sustainability. We join in the fight for freedom and the self-determination of all oppressed groups. We oppose all forms of prejudice, authoritarianism, and vanguardism.
  • We organize on the basis of autonomy, mutual aid, resource sharing, participatory knowledge, social advocacy, anti-oppression work, community creation, and secure communication.
  • We work to create revolution and a free society in the here and now by building alternative communication infrastructure designed to oppose and replace the dominant system.
  • We promote social ownership and democratic control over information, ideas, technology, and the means of communication.
  • We empower organizations and individuals to use technology in struggles for liberation. We work to support each other in overcoming the systemic oppression embedded in the use and development of technology.



Riseup provides secure and private email accounts, accessible via the web, IMAP, or POP.

Mailing Lists

Riseup provides emailing lists for activist organizations.

Other Services

Riseup also provides server colocation for activist groups, secure anonymizing google proxies, and a very large TOR exit node. Our sister organization, RiseupLabs, provides privacy and security patches, free/libre software development, and actively contributes to the Debian GNU/Linux operating system.
We have a whole bunch of other services in development, including real time chat (xmpp), collaborative document editing (etherpad), social networking, and encrypted internet proxy (openvpn). Contact us at collective@riseup.net if you would like to help test or work on these new services.

More About Riseup

You can learn more about collective members and Riseup's various projects, read all about Riseup's purpose and principles, and review the social contract with Riseup users. And, don't forget that riseup can exist only with your financial support.