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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.

Disney+ streaming uses draconian DRM, avoid

First of all, as always my opinions are my own, not those of my employer. Since I have 2 children I was happy to learn that the Netherlands would be one of the first countries to get Disney+ streaming. So I subscribed for the testing period, problem all devices in my home run Fedora. I started up…

if it's not encrypted at rest, consider it eventually public

Morning question:

To which extent having a bigger screen/higher resolution/tiling manager affect your short term memory?

I feel like my short term memory got order of magnitude worse in the last 10 years.

I cannot keep enough information in my brain to effectively write a program with a single 40 lines long buffer.

Can't say whether this comes from always having more information directly in sight or simply from aging :/

Couldn't find any study about the matter, did you ever read something related to that?

Since people are going on and on, that #Selfhosting is not just running a script, let me clarify this:

Self-hosting is like gardening. Yes, it needs time and love. But mostly for making new stuff or big changes happen. When you do it properly it can boil down to a few minutes a week, as you maybe just need to water your plants in the garden.

It's a hobby, not everyone needs to do it. There are professional services as alternative, but it's nice to share with friends.

Malayalam newspaper is switching to GNU/Linux with . Possibly first daily in the world to run on 100% . Thanks to awesome work by @kannan @bady @mujeebcpy @ranjithsiji Hussain KH and Ashokan mash.

The Tor daemon running on FreedomBox can be used as a local SOCKS5 proxy that your devices can connect to.

Firefox running on my home computer is permanently connected to this proxy. I use an extension called FoxyProxy to switch the proxy on and off easily.

Someone earlier said Jeff Bezos makes more in a week than you could have earned at $5k/day since Columbus reached the US.

I didn't believe it.

I checked.

It appears to be true.

This is disgusting.

Will add references and hyperlinks later. It's too late here. 😅

Can also update the post if there's something that really needs more explanation.

Traditional capitalism occupies and pollutes our physical spaces, while surveillance capitalism does the same to our mental space.

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