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Freedom in a Box

My talk about privacy, decentralization, self-hosting, freedom of speech and FreedomBox.

It's a non-technical talk meant to spread awareness about the dangers of mass surveillance and the alternatives that exist to centralized systems.

Links to slides are in the video description.

Delivered at ThoughtWorks Hyderabad for the 46th edition of GeekNight on 2nd Jan, 2019.

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Digital Empowerment in Rural India - powered by FreedomBox.

Sudhamsh Kandukuri and I presented yesterday at XConf India 2018.

An inspiring story of a grassroots movement where people rejected Facebook's Free Basics and installed low-cost community Wi-Fi networks instead.
A FreedomBox on the network provides most of the essential digital services required, offline.


Video recording: coming soon!

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All it costs to fulfill the average person's needs for digital services is a $5 per month VPS instance. It's even cheaper if you buy a single board computer and host your services at home.

We've been letting companies steal our personal data and sell it to the highest bidder and destroying democracy in the process all to save what? A coffee a month?

This is one of the worst deals in history.

Version 4.0 is live on !

The release notes will be available on GitHub shortly.


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@Hamishcampbell @bob You could have a chat compass. Centralized/decentralized on one axis, Open/Closed on the other.

Centralized/Closed: WhatsApp, Telegram
Centralized/Open: Signal, Jitsi, BBB, RocketChat (maybe)
Decentralized/Closed: Pre-Microsoft Skype
Decentralized/Open: Matrix, XMPP, SSB

– Where’s your easy-to-use, plug-and-play, ethical alternative to these toxic trillion-dollar products?

– Thanks for asking. We’ve been paying out of pocket for years to work on it. Fancy giving us a few million to speed it up?

– No.

– How about a few thousand so we don’t starve?

– No.

– So, is it ready yet?

Planetary is a new open source iOS app for the privacy respecting secure scuttlebutt (SSB) peer-to-peer social network - See

#technology #altmedia #P2P #SSB #socialnetwork #planetary

It's lovely how there is so many content is out there about protecting yourself "against the NSA", which is most likely never have any noticeable impact on your life, especially when you don't live in and don't plan to visit the US.

On the other hand only a minority talks about the way more realistic threat of impacted credit scores and denied insurances based on data collection.

People are scared of the social credit system? Most counties have a commercial credit system. Not much better.

Got two scam calls since morning. I only came back to the city last night. Still don't know how they figured out that I'm physically present here and targeted me with location-specific scams.

From a privacy perspective, living in a country with no data protection laws and regulations is like living on the streets.

@0 @bazurk

In my case even SMS end up on my #XMPP account, because I don't have a mobile phone. I use #sms4you on a #freedombox instead.

rant, Alphabet union 

"We will ensure Alphabet acts ethically and in the best interests of society and the environment."

I am not going to hold my breath for Alphabet to change its business model away from

Data mining my life using renewable energy sources isn't ethical.
Hiring a gender-diverse work force to write spyware and censorship tools isn't ethical.

One-dimensional ethics that don't hurt profits are convenient but they don't count.

Wanderer follows the story of the titular tiny magic robot named Wanderer, who wakes up with no memories of who he is, or what happened to his friend, the mysterious Algernon.
It is my upcoming comic.

If you want to see WIPs, and comic progress, consider supporting me on Ko-Fi!
#art #mastoart #creativetoots

Guys, with a new garden year soon beginning I was wondering:

Do you guys think Mastodon would enjoy to see some selfsustainable gardening content? I'm thinking about making an account where I post my progress :)
#selfsustaining #selfsustainable #permaculture #growyourfood

New to Mastodon, check out my open-source project! Open source offline neural machine translation in Python:

Just got a Community Guidelines strike on YouTube for talking about NewPipe. The free and open source video player. Sigh...

I'm finishing up and testing the dist upgrade feature for #FreedomBox, which will automatically update users to the next stable release (Bullseye). It takes a long time to do the upgrade though, so testing is quite slow.

Castopod is a free open source podcasting platform you can host yourself. You can follow at:

➡️ @Castopod

The website is at

#CastoPod #Podcasting #Podcasts #FOSS #FreeSoftware #OpenSource #Libre #SelfHosting #Audio

PeerTube is the Fediverse's alternative to YouTube. You can follow at:

➡️ @peertube

The official website is at

Because it's part of the Fediverse, you can interact with PeerTube accounts from Mastodon.

The latest version also includes support for live streaming.

You can see recommended PeerTube accounts to follow at

You can watch recommended PeerTube videos on our sister account FediVideos:

➡️ @FediVideos

#PeerTube #Fediverse #SelfHosting

Elon Musk mention, apologies in advance 

Elon Musk just became the richest person in the world, with a net worth of more than $185 billion.

Liberapay - free (as in freedom) alternative to Patreon. With Liberapay you could easily support creators of the software you use. At the moment it supports 33 currencies and is available in 19 languages.

Read more:

#Liberapay #Patreon #FreeSoftware #Contribute #Donate

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