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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.

How not to preserve data indefinitely: stick it in a vault in the arctic for a thousand years

Maybe once Elon Musk's Neuralink goes mainstream, advertisements as we know them will not be necessary anymore.

You suddenly have a memory that you wanted to buy a Tesla car for a long time.
You go on the road and every car looks like a Tesla.
The Ts you see start appearing in the font of Tesla's logo.
You wave at a "confirm purchase" view when saying bye to grandma.
You've always driven Tesla cars for as long as you can remember and are loyal to the brand.


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Less than 24 hours left to provide your feedback on the EU guidelines for #RouterFreedom! #BEREC is running a #PublicConsultation defining whether your router will belong to you or to your ISP. Please participate now, it's as easy as sending an email!

See how to make yourself heard, and the #FSFE's response on the current draft:

NEWS: Eben Moglen Delivers “FreedomBox Turns Ten” Speech

To commemorate the ten-year anniversary of #FreedomBox's birth, Eben Moglen delivered a speech. He stressed this idea: regular people can change the web through collective social action.


Check out this blog post by @bob titled, "FreedomBox at Ten."

Bob Mottram: "If the last decade was the birth phase I hope that the 2020s will be the time when running your own internet services, individually or in small groups, becomes quite normal."

Read his full post here:

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There are people who will tell you that the way things are is the way things have always been and will always be.

Don’t listen to these people.

The way things are is just raw material for the way things can be. And by your every action or inaction you help determine what that is.

@clacke very true, and conversely facebook, twitter etc should be referred to as the legacy networks 😃

Me and @gavcloud just watched @aral's speech to the EU Parliament about the future of the internet and how it relates to the #fediverse and #mastodon and damn did they do a good job! Fierce!

Now available: Video of Eben Moglen's speech commemorating the ten year anniversary of the founding of the #FreedomBox project.

📺WATCH: Eben Moglen: "FreedomBox Turns Ten" (Nov. 2019)

I'm amazed at the folks I've seen online that believe that the only way for companies to make money is with VC funding.

I wonder if these folks ever got an allowance growing up, or if they had to go straight for Series A funding from the dog.

If I posted text posts about anything I cared about on facebook the algorithm would not show it to almost anyone thats even following me. It would literally just drop off the radar and be forgotten. I post a random thought here and people from around the world actually have a chance to respond. That is powerful. That cant be underplayed. The fact that we dont have to worry whether our messages have financial viability makes our ideas stronger. Our voices ring.

Reminder: I don't think Microsoft's new "cloud" focus is any better then their old focus on proprietary software.

It's just that they've followed Google to a realm where FLOSS is less of a threat to them. And which demands more nuanced thinking from those of us who believe in Software Freedom.

Oh yay, another proprietry social network, inspired by Wikipedia:

I can't wait for a moderator to delete my posts because they don't find them "notable".

Sorry, closed networks no longer interested me. We have Mastodon now as an example of what could be, and it actually works, and lots of people actually use it. There's zero appeal to me for another "Facebook, but by a different company".

Was getting bored of the default voice of the Pico TTS Engine in LineageOS.

Found a free software TTS engine and voices in F-Droid.

As technologists, we should talk in terms of concepts instead of products to discourage monopolies.

Don't say "just Google it", say "do a web search".
Don't say "I sent you the Excel sheet", say "I sent you the spreadsheet"

If people who don't know that there are search engines besides Google or that there are office applications besides Microsoft Office, they might ask what a search engine is or what a spreadsheet is. We should take this as an opportunity to educate people about alternatives.

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