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Riseup Networks
Headquarters Seattle, Washington, USA
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Products Riseup Black
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Riseup is a volunteer-run collective providing secure email, VPN and online services; the organization was launched by activists in Seattle in 1999.[1]

Its mission is to fight social control and mass surveillance through distribution of secure tools. It lists its purpose as "... aid[ing] 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."[2]

As of 2013, they feature 6 million subscribers spread across 14,000 lists.[1] Their projects have included the StopWatching.Us petition against global surveillance disclosures revealed by Edward Snowden.[1]

In January 2015 the Electronic Frontier Foundation criticised the arrests of anarchists in Spain which were reported to have been partially attributed to the 'extreme security measures' of using Riseup.[3][4]


Riseup provides products to secure communications, aimed at individuals and non-profit and activist groups. Riseup's two most popular features are secure email and mailing list management services.

The email service is available through IMAP, POP3, and a web or shell interface. The web interface is a variant of Roundcube.

7.2 million users are subscribed to lists hosted on Riseup's network, as of November 2015.[5]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Pangburn, DJ (11 September 2013). "Inside the Effort to Crowdfund NSA-Proof Email and Chat Services". Retrieved 8 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "About Us - help.riseup.net". Retrieved 2016-06-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Kayyali, Nadia (16 January 2015). "Security is Not a Crime—Unless You're an Anarchist". Retrieved 8 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Baker, Jennifer (14 Jan 2015). "Warning: Using encrypted email in Spain? Do not pass go, go directly to jail". Retrieved 8 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Riseup.net on Twitter: "Finished switching new list servers..."". Twitter. 2015-11-26. Retrieved 2016-06-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>