Freedom Box

FreedomBox v Facebook – Eben Moglen from Nick B-T on Vimeo.


Freedom Box Project

Inspired by Eben Moglen’s vision of a small, cheap and simple computer that serves freedom in the home. We are building a Debian based platform for distributed applications.

Freedom Box is about:

  • privacy
  • control
  • ease of use
  • dehierarchicalization

Vision Statement

We live in a world where our use of the network is mediated by organizations that often do not have our best interests at heart. By building software that does not rely on a central service, we can regain control and privacy. By keeping our data in our homes, we gain useful legal protections over it. By giving back power to the users over their networks and machines, we are returning the Internet to its intended peer-to-peer architecture.

In order to bring about the new network order, it is paramount that it is easy to convert to it. The hardware it runs on must be cheap. The software it runs on must be easy to install and administrate by anybody. It must be easy to transition from existing services.
There are a number of projects working to realize a future of distributed services; we aim to bring them all together in a convenient package.

See: FreedomBox


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3 Responses to Freedom Box

  1. Kaleberg says:

    Freedom Box seems to suffer from a surfeit of specifications. I followed a bunch of links, but other than it being a home server of some sort or another, there was no simple set of bullet points describing what it might be good for or how it might be used. Does it serve as an anonymizing proxy server? Does it provide a private home storage system? It might help the cause to have a couple of bullet points about this rather than about the design system and philosophical methodology.I'm actually intrigued, but frustrated. (Sorry, I am not going to listen to a talk or watch a video. Who has the patience for that?)

  2. Plato says:

    Hi Kaleberg,It was intriguing from the point that since I have always advocated an openness to the internet, here was a method to retain some of one's anonymity.In France, and other countries like Canada this is becoming an issue in terms of privacy so the powers that would be, pertaining to surveillance wold even extend into organizations where let's say Union business between executives needs to be private, while faced with such surveillance overrides being push in the internet recently. One to one communications.Other then these things it of course might not mean anything to you, other then the idea of developing this type of technology under an open source program much recently brought to light with the people at LHC who have also technically and hardware development have opted to be seen in this same light.With monopolies overriding citizens it was important that such developments come from the people so as to combat control over these monopolies and the monopolies that are trying to control over governments.It is important the you see Google as a gatekeeper, as well as Facebook and looking under that subject you get a sense of what is happening to people unbeknownst to even themselves.Best,

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