The Knowledge Futures Group builds technology for the production, curation, and preservation of knowledge in service of the public good.


The battle over the control of knowledge is a defining struggle of our time. We imagine a future where the infrastructure to create, access, curate, and build upon knowledge is controlled by researchers, journalists, libraries, publishers, museums, and other organizations that serve the public's interest. The KFG is building this future through our programs by developing core infrastructure, advocating through writing and events, and providing opportunities for research and sustainable development.


PubPub is an open authoring and publishing platform. It socializes the process of knowledge creation by integrating conversation, annotation, and versioning into short and long-form digital publication.
Primary Partner: The MIT Press
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The Underlay is a free and open source system for structuring, storing, and aggregating open, distributed knowledge.
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The Commonplace
The Commonplace is a publication of the Knowledge Futures Group. It serves as a conversation and idea hub for mission-aligned individuals and organizations working to make knowledge open for the public good.
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Partners and Funders

The Knowledge Futures Group, founded as a partnership between the MIT Press and the MIT Media Lab, is a nonprofit organization powered by academic, industry, and advocacy groups. Together we build and support products to make knowledge open and accessible to all.

MIT Press
MacArthur Foundation
Reid Hoffman
Goldsmiths Press
Sloan Foundation
Siegel Family Foundation
Protocol Labs