Suggestions for our Ethical Resources directory

I didn’t see an area for directory feedback, directly, but this seemed like the closest place. For the ethical Mailing Lists, is there anyway to provide information about why these resources are ethical? The open source options I understand their stance already. But for Mautic (who have merged with Acquia now) and Buttondown, it’s less clear why they’re ethical. Buttondown says, in their FAQs:

Are you doing anything weird with the data?

…but is there any other information out there? It’s an unfamiliar option to me, personally, so if there were some sort of extra information for this (or other topics) it would be helpful!

It doesn’t have to be in the guide, btw. I’m just asking if anyone here can speak to this directly. Thanks!


To companies I would like to recommend:

  • Neibo (Belgian telco coop, still in startup phase, launch planned by the end of this year)
  • Arnold Analytics (analytics alternative with a focus on privacy and a low carbon web) disclaimer: I made this


Could you add to the directory?

upRing is a contact management app that is private, safe and secure. It uses a device-to-device technology that allows users to exchange contact info without risks. Everything remains in your device, so your contacts are not uploaded or stored anywhere, and your communications are completely private.

We figured that the best way to protect your data was not having it at all :wink:



Hope this finds you well.

I’d like to recommend:

It’s a knowledge sharing and social platform that puts its members first. this means no ads, no tracking. The aim is to put members in total control of their information.

The Kickstarter page should help provide some context:



Hi! I’m a team member for - we are a 501©(3) cultural heritage institution building the world’s first consumer-grade, secure cloud storage service backed by a nonprofit. We’re making digital archives available for individuals, organizations and families, permanently. As a nonprofit organization with an endowment, we have no need to make profit off our users by mining data, selling information to third-parties or advertising. We never take copyright of users’ data and our governing board keeps us true to our mission; to preserve and safeguard the digital materials entrusted in our system.

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Hi! I’m on the Community team at Mapbox. Our team supports non-profits and other positive impact / mission-driven organizations who want to use our tools. I’d like to suggest listing Mapbox ( as a maps and location data service provider alternative (for developers and businesses/organizations, we are not a consumer-facing company).

  • Our mission is to change how people use location data and navigate.
  • We are proud of our open source roots and work in the open as much as possible, with active contributions across the open source geospatial ecosystem and open data initiatives like OpenStreetMap.
  • We are a privacy-first company with stringent protections in place for our telemetry data and any user data that we collect.
  • We have protections for human rights built into our Terms of Service.
  • Our community team regularly donates API services and pro-bono volunteering hours from employees across the company to support non-profits and other positive impact organizations.

I’m happy to share more information if you have further questions (I am limited to sharing 2 links in this post). Thank you for considering us for the Ethical Resources directory - great initiative!


Hi :slight_smile: I’d suggest putting delta chat with email services as well as messaging since it’s really an email client. Also, I was surprised the list doesn’t contain an actual open source mailserver… Unfortunately I don’t use any mail servers myself as yet, can anyone recommend one?

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I’d love to see The Minimalists Podcast added to the ethical podcast category! The Minimalists encourage people to consume mindfully. There are never any ads and they aim to add as much value to listeners’ lives as possible.

Let’s Know Things by Colin Wright is also a fantastic independent podcast. As described on the website, “LKT is a podcast about context and the news. Each week the host, [Colin Wright], expounds upon a news item, explains why it’s important, and shows how it connects to other current events, historical happenings, philosophical questions, economic considerations, and technological realities.” There are always a very limited number of ads, thoughtfully curated and kept very brief—the host wants to respect listeners’ time. It’s deliberately easy to skip past them as they are constrained to one small chunk of time.

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@argovaerts, @ecasado, @Phil, @megandolan, @jsper, @clare - thanks a million all: your suggestions will be added! :relaxed::rainbow:

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Hey Sarah!

Any chance we could get upRing added as well?

Yep, that’s going up too! :slight_smile:

Thanks, Sarah! You rock!

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Hi Saray! I’d like to suggest my app Hippo, which is a notes app to stay on top of relationships and become more attentive to the people around you. The data stays on your device, and I’ve already received a couple of compliments on my privacy policy (didn’t expect people to actually read it :slight_smile:
I use a couple of products from your directory in this project, like SimpleAnalytics on the marketing site and Matomo to track screens in the app.

ahhh @roel, what a lovely idea! :slight_smile: definitely worthy of a place on the list, i think! :relaxed:

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Hey there! I’d like to suggest shrtcode
It’s a free URL shortener which is very privacy friendly because it doesn’t track any short-link visitors. Additionally, it stores all shortened Links very securely and is very reliable and fast.
You can read more about it on the FAQ page:

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Lovely stuff @A_n :relaxed:

Hi there guys.

Amazing collection of resources here! Wanted to also contribute one which is a website my friend worked on listing Europe based ethnical clothing brands:


yo, I’d very much like to see a project management category opened and would suggest GNU Redmine and openproject as the first entries in that category


Hi there, I’d like to suggest Wallabag as a viable Free/Libre/Open Source alternative to Pocket/Instapaper. It’s a self-hostable PHP/MySQL app (like Wordpress). There’s also a hosted version at


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I would like to suggest alternative, privacy focused video search engine Petey Vid , its multi-lingual and searches 50+ platforms other than YouTube, cheers!

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