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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.

"Please enable JavaScript"


"Download our app*

*closes tab, sets fire to phone*

Go is Google's language, not ours

(This shouldn't surprise anyone seeing what Google means by "open source".)

"These features do not exist for my benefit. They do not empower me—they deliberately hinder me and make the device I own work against me."

This is wrong. They don't make the device one owns work against them, because as far as the device and software makers and one's carrier are concerned, you do not own the device. This is not a problem of interface design; it's a problem of our constantly handing power to monopolies and cartels.

UNDER $100 GIFT IDEA: a FreedomBox home server. 🤠

@olimex is offering a special holiday deal on the #FreedomBox kit: they will quadruple the memory for only 1 cent extra! Instead of 32GB, you get 128 GB storage space!

Limited quantities...🏃‍♀️


In 2019, the GNOME travel committee funded almost 70 trips to conferences, hackfests, and events. Help us do even more in 2020 by becoming a Friend of GNOME!

Really tired of the debate over crippling encryption being phrased as “Law enforcement access” or “crypto backdoors”

The cops are asking to plant a bug in every single online conversation, and just trust them not to abuse that access. It’s not a “backdoor” — it’s an ask for massive and routine surveillance on every personal and business conversation you’ll ever have

"One small way to get our independence and agency back from exploitative platforms is to build personal websites to share on instead. It’s a step to taking back control, and building a web that neither relies upon, nor feeds, the harms of Big Tech."

Great post by @laura

2000s hackers: My dream is to connect all of my devices to the internet.
2020s hackers: My dream is to disconnect all of my devices from the internet.

So apparently, tiny houses on wheels aren't a new thing

One of these is actually an entire church on wheels

tired: smartphone
wired: pocket computer


Today, someone using a thousand dollar smartphone told me that they are considering getting the next iPhone 11 Pro.

Seriously though, how powerful do you need your pocket computer to be?

IMHO a $200 pocket computer from 4 years ago has enough computing power for most people's mobile computing needs.

But this seems to be more about wants than needs. 🤐

As per "Policy on Adoption of Open Source Software for Government of India" -> addata/files/policy_on_adoption_of_oss.pdf , Government o f India shall endeavour to adopt Open Source Software in all e-Governance systems implemented by various Governmentorganizations, as a pref erredoption in comparison to Closed Source Software (CSS).

So I filed a violation of this policy for IT return xml data preparation software via e-nivaran.

Avast and AVG Firefox extensions removed from Firefox store for snooping.

I'm sure this is of no surprise to anyone here, but people complain about big tech companies collecting too much information and always seem to give cybersecurity vendors a free pass.

Hey all, if you are a Pleroma admin I would appreciate it if you could respond to this very quick survey for us.

#FreedomBox version 19.22 has been released to the Unstable branch! Soon, it will migrate to Testing and then to Stable-backports.

-Add new app for Samba file sharing 📁
-Update translations for 3 languages 🌎
-10 people contributed❗


Facebook teaches employees what to say if friends or family ask difficult questions about the company over the holidays:

Let Facebook employees rediscover the feeling of shame.


I have my Google Takeout data.

I'd like to do something with it, such create some webpage with that data.

Do you know of such a tool? I don't want to do this manually.

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