The OpenNIC project is a democratic body which each user gets a vote when deciding new TLDs, policy changes, and the direction of the project.
The Internet is not owned by any single government, corporation, or individual. OpenNIC takes DNS away from a centeral authority operated in cooperation with the US Federal Government, and moves it into the hands of the users of the Internet.
No corporation can say what websites should or shouldn't load, and the speed in which they load. By using OpenNIC you no longer have to question your ISPs motives, and can rest assured that at least the websites you visit are not being throttled.
Governments all over the world are looking for ways to capture your internet usage data. You choose the DNS server you connect to, what country it's located in, and how much logging is done.
There are no plans to charge money for OpenNIC, it's free to use and the servers are run by volunteers (who go through a democratic approval process). No advertisements, no collection of data, and no monthly fees.
Unlock a whole new level of Internet! With OpenNIC you will have access to a constantly expanding range of new TLDs for you to visit and register.
Think you have a Top Level Domain that you would like to add to OpenNIC? Then submit a request to the community, provide a server for the TLD to run on, and you are set!
Have you ever typed a wrong URL into your browser and get redirected to a search page owned by your ISP? The domain you were typing in, the ads you click, and the search you input can all be collected by your ISP. This also is just annoying.
With OpenNIC when you reach a URL that is invalid, then it lets your browser use it's default response to the error... instead of trying to decide what's best for you.
Universal access to human knowledge is in our grasp, for the first time in the history of the world. This is not a bad thing.Cory Doctorow