Who we are

The HAT Community Foundation (HCF) is the non-profit arm of the HAT Foundation social enterprise group dedicated to fostering the growth of HATs and the HAT Ecosystem. Founded in 2016, The HAT Community Foundation is supported by HAT Platform and Service Providers, open source companies, developers and HAT users from around the world.

HCF’s Mission is fourfold:


HCF is the regulator (or “scheme authority”) for the HAT trust framework. It does this by ensuring that all participants in the ecosystem comply with a code of practice.


HCF also assumes responsibility of the baseline (open source) technology, maintaining and managing the open source development community and forum. It leads on innovation in technology development, including research links.


HCF’s mission is the adoption of HAT worldwide by ensuring the continuous improvement of the trust framework and open source technology on behalf of the user community.


HCF represents the user community through its subscribing members and owns, on behalf of its members, a guardian share in HAT Data Exchange Ltd, which operates the HAT ecosystem (the “scheme operator”). HATDeX contributes 30% of its dividends back into HCF.

The HAT Community Foundation is for members of the HAT community of users, developers and researchers, businesses, organisations and authorities, and all other supporters: all those interested in working to provide everyone, everywhere with the benefit of privacy-preserving exchange of their personal data.

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