My Pioneer edition FreedomBox running on in-built battery backup during a minor power outage today.

I have minor power outages of a few minutes a day at my place during the rainy season. When I was running FreedomBox on a bare Raspberry Pi 2 earlier, I had to replace the microSD card once a year due to damage. The Pioneer edition has solved this problem for me.

When adding your FreedomBox as a device in other Syncthing peers, set its address like "tcp://" instead of "dynamic". This allows your Syncthing peers to directly connect to your FreedomBox avoiding the need for relays. It also allows for fast on-demand syncing if you don't want to keep Syncthing running all the time on your mobile devices.

More tips and tricks on my wiki


Pine64 has a new line up of interesting devices, especially the PinePhone with KDE Neon.

Makes me wonder if it can work as a smartphone and a FreedomBox at the same time, running on IPv6 networks. Maybe in the future... 🤔

Rewiring the Network for an Inclusive World

Siddartha Malempati is a free software hacktivist from India who came up with the idea of creating community Wi-Fi networks in villages using FreedomBoxes.
In this TEDx talk, he talks about the current state of the Internet infrastructure, how it should have been and how his team of volunteers is part of the solution to bring control over the infrastructure back to the people.

2019 is the year of FreedomBox Pioneer edition home servers, Purism Librem 5 smartphones and the growing Fediverse.

This year marks a point in history where people have started to rebel against the surveillance capitalist platforms threatening our democracy and take back control over their digital lives with freedom-respecting products and services.


Attending TEDx MVSR this Saturday.

I'm especially looking forward to the talk by Siddartha Malempati about reclaiming the digital infrastructure for the commons, internet monopolies, community Wi-Fi networks and FreedomBox
(forgot the exact title, sorry!)

It will be an 18-minute talk covering various issues around the topic of digital infrastructure.

Event and speaker bio

The video of our talk is now available on the FreedomBox PeerTube channel.

Digital Empowerment in Rural India - powered by FreedomBox, XConf 2018, India

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.

We mentioned that Community Wi-Fi deployments are going on in 12 villages in the presentation.

I just got news that 7 of them have been completed.

The main blocker at this point seems to be obtaining donated laptops/desktops to deploy the software on.

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!

6-year-old article about FreedomBox from Wired. They were so wrong.

Free software projects might move slowly at times but they don't die so easily like tech startups, precisely because of the software freedoms granted to people.

Joplin review

Migration from to is complete. I am using for synchronization of notes across devices with my serving as an always-on synchronization point.

It's a good enough replacement for . The Android app needs to improve its text editor.
It also has a Web Clipper but I don't know what to use it for since I already use .

See the full list of apps I use at

Every user on a FreedomBox gets the option to host a website by default.

1. SSH into your FreedomBox
2. Create a directory called ~/public_html
3. Place the files of your website in the above directory

Your website will be available on the path ~username on your FreedomBox, e.g.

This is possible through an Apache module called userdir which comes enabled by default on FreedomBox.

Just rewatched Eben Moglen's talk called "Freedom in the Cloud".

It's just as relevant today as it was in 2010. We now have an even greater data misuse with the growth of Machine Learning algorithms.

I wish someone made an animated explainer video of the same content for people who are neither programmers nor lawyers, like one of those animated science videos on YouTube. Viral videos can be used for good too! 😉

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