As part of our public-benefit mission, we provide free, uncensored Domain Name System (DNS) service to internet users around the world.

These public DNS servers are maintained and operated by the Fourth Estate. We don’t monitor, record or store logs for any single user’s activity and we don’t alter, redirect or censor DNS records.

Miami, United States

Tokyo, Japan

Secure, Encrypted, Zero Knowledge DNS Service for Journalists and Public Interest News Organizations


Personally identifiable data is not stored or logged, helping shield the identities of journalists as they read and write online.


Your data is not tracked and will not be sold or provided to third parties nor redirect to serve any advertisements.


It is more difficult for governments, ISPs, and corporations, to block websites or deny journalists access to “inconvenient” information.

Standard Disclaimer:

The Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation furnishes this free DNS service “AS IS”, provides no technical support, and does not warrant the service whatsoever, whether express, implied, or statutory, including, but not limited to, any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or any warranty that the contents of the item will be error-free.  USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

In no respect shall the Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation incur any liability for any damages, including, but limited to, direct, indirect, special, or consequential damages arising out of, resulting from, or any way connected to the use of the service, whether or not based upon warranty, contract, tort, or otherwise; whether or not injury was sustained by persons or property or otherwise; and whether or not loss was sustained from, or arose out of, the results of, the item, or any services that may be provided by the Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation.

Frequently Asked Questions

DNS or the Domain Name System (DNS) translates “people-friendly” Internet addresses (such as www.fourthestate.org) into an Internet Protocol addresses that computers can recognize.

Governments, ISP’s, and/or corporations can use records of your DNS requests to track your online activity.

Using a zero knowledge public recursive name server, such as Fourth Estate’s, helps to protect your privacy, avoid censorship, and overcome filtering.

Beyond the operation and maintenance of the servers we do not troubleshoot or provide any support relating to the free public DNS service.

We highly recommend the booklet Online Security for Journalists. by Michael Dagan.

The Global Investigative Journalism Network also offers an excellent primer on Digital Security for Journalists.