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Nathanial Freitas


Nathan is the founder and director of Guardian Project, an award-winning, open-source, mobile security collaborative with millions of users and beneficiaries worldwide. Their most well known app is Orbot, which brings the Tor anonymity and circumvention network to Android devices, and has been installed more than 20 million times. His work on off-grid, decentralized, secure mobile communication networks, dubbed Wind, was originally imagined and workshopped while a fellow at the Berkman-Klein Center at Harvard in 2015. In 2018, Wind was selected as a finalist in the Mozilla-National Science Foundation "Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (WINS)" Challenges. Guardian Project has worked with WITNESS, the leading human rights media organization, for nearly 15 years on the idea of Smart Cameras solutions that use enhanced metadata, digital signing and notaries, and advanced verification tools to combat mis and dis-information. This work is now realized through applications and services, and the emerging Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) standard providing publishers, creators, and consumers the ability to trace the origin of different types of media.


Dec 16, 2014

Berkman Community Newcomers: Nathanial Freitas

Meet Berkman fellow Nathanial Freitas, who directs the Guardian Project and develops open source security tools.


the Hill

AirDrop used for sexual harassment on public transit

An unsolicited picture shared over Apple's AirDrop leads to questions over how the technology is governed.

Mar 29, 2019
Open Ideals

A Berkman-Klein Center Tale: From Fellows Hour to Funding!

How one Fellow's project began as an idea at 23 Everett Street (BKC’s HQ!) in 2014, moved to introspection and tinkering, and then opened to funding, collaboration, and feedback.

Nov 27, 2018

Wind is a Mozilla & National Science Foundation Grand Prize Winner

A service providing off-grid communications services to everyday people received the grand prize at the Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (WINS) Challenge from Mozilla…

Sep 26, 2018


May 16, 2015 @ 9:30 AM

Wind Farm

Internet Offline Simulation Event

Wind Farm's Internet Offline Simulation is a fun and interactive day for people of all ages and backgrounds. The only requirement is an open mind and optimistic view of what might…

Jan 13, 2015 @ 12:30 PM

The Great Firewall Inverts

with Berkman Fellow Nathan Freitas

Learn about this phenomenon that might be called an inversion of the Great Firewall. This event will be webcast live at 12:30PM ET.