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.
New blog post ✨
Behavioral data, not Biodata
It's not your biodata that surveillance capitalism is interested in. It's your behavioral data.
This is one of the best articles I've ever read on the topic of #DigitalColonialism
Digital colonialism is threatening the Global South
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.
Self-hosting at the price of two Starbucks coffees.
Libre Computer's La Frite is a $10 ARM computer launching in November 2018.
Evolution of Digital Freedom
Digital serf -> Self-hosted -> full P2P
Digital serf: Completely depends on digital feudal lords who maintain huge centralized systems. No data ownership
Self-hosted: Hosts most of the services they need on their own servers. Good enough data ownership.
P2P: All personal data resides on own devices at all times and shared when necessary without any intermediary control. Full data ownership.
I wanted to self-host the Wire messaging app and took a look at their repository on GitHub. It looks like they really don't want me to self-host it at all.
You might be open-source but you ain't free software if you hide the information on how to host your software. 😠
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.
Almost two months since I last bought something online. Aiming for 3 months!
And my ordering food online has reduced too since I started doing some amount of cooking.
I hope that sometime in my life I'll be able to sustainably grow my own food and produce my own energy. Self-hosting my internet services was the first step, these are the next.
Cooking is the food version of #selfhosting
Idealist, technologist and general optimist.
Admin of https://social.masto.host
This is a general instance supporting toots in English and తెలుగు.
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