The Corteza project was founded by Crust, who contributed and continue to contribute all core technology and intellectual property for their platform to the Commons Conservancy software Foundation in May 2019. Crust Technology are also currently the maintainers of the Corteza project.
Organisations and businesses spend all day in their digital work platforms, creating their own sensitive information, competitive advantages and intellectual property. Corteza allows them to do so under the terms and conditions that suit them and to evolve those terms and conditions as and when they choose. The technology contribution from Crust Technology was motivated by a desire to deliver a completely trustworthy work platform, without the burden of intellectual property trading (Trademarks, Copyrights & Patents) which often impacts the technology markets and to create the safest possible form of permanent software escrow (i.e. publish all processes and code forever) for its users.
The Commons Conservancy Foundation dictates that the Corteza project must be managed in the public interest. The independent Board of Directors of the project ensures that no Working Group initiative within Corteza has a purpose that is contrary to that objective. “Trust” is the central theme the permeates all activity in the Corteza project.