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It's the time of year when all of your favorite organizations ask for your help.

As you think about your donation priorities, we ask that you consider giving to the FreedomBox Foundation. We're exploring new frontiers and want to do more for you.

Why donate today? We'll be honest with you...
[Click the link to read the rest]
freedomboxfoundation.org/donat

🎉SOFTWARE UPDATE🎉

software version 0.47.0 has been released to Debian unstable! It will be in Debian testing in about 5 days.

Highlights:
-Replaced glyphicons with "forkawesome" icons
-Added initial support for Radicale 2.x
-Optimized installation in-progress checks
-4 people contributed

💻Download: freedombox.org/download/

☎SOON: conference call!☎️

WHEN: Saturday, January 12th at 14:00 UTC

HOW TO JOIN: Using a Mumble voice over IP application, connect to server <fbx.freedomboxfoundation.org> using port 64738.

WHO: Anyone is welcome! Join us!

Details here: wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/Pro

News: Retiring Two Hardware Models

After an open discussion, the FreedomBox developer community has decided to retire the DreamPlug and Raspberry Pi 1 hardware models from our lineup of custom FreedomBox images.

Learn why and what this means for users:
freedomboxfoundation.org/news/

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@freedombox After the dot com era of 1997-2001 a consensus emerged that "nobody will pay for web services". It was out of this consensus that the web 2.0 systems like Facebook, Twitter and Gmail were born.

Web 2.0 introduced a critical "moral hazard" in which the user of the web service was no longer the customer. They were merely bait for the real customers who were advertisers. This separation is the source of many of the problems of the current internet.

By making web services something which individuals or communities can run we can bring the interests back into line again and make advertising something not needed or which is peripheral rather than being the main concern.

📺 New Video📺

Our core developer @njoseph delivered another presentation!

"Freedom in a Box"

A non-technical talk about , , the dangers of mass , and the alternatives that exist to centralized systems.

Video: peertube.mastodon.host/videos/

Slides (PDF): wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/Tal

Delivered at ThoughtWorks Hyderabad for the 46th edition of GeekNight on 2nd Jan, 2019.

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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 #FreedomBox software on.

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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.

peertube.mastodon.host/videos/

Links to slides are in the video description.

Delivered at ThoughtWorks Hyderabad for the 46th edition of GeekNight on 2nd Jan, 2019.

#FreedomBox #SelfHosting #privacy #ThoughtWorks #decentralization #federation

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@noorul (2/2)

The reason it costs so less is because #FreedomBox serves most of the use cases they'd need to access internet for, like IM, VoIP, cloud storage, Wikipedia (offline) etc. The number of times people actually used the internet was quite low.

We used a OlinuXino Lime 2 for the pilot project and desktops/laptops for all the rest.

Is anyone is the user or developer community going to be at 2019?

is taking place in Brussels, Belgium from February 2nd, 2019 to February 3rd, 2019

If you'll be there, let us know in a reply to this post! We want to gauge numbers and know who to look out for at the conference!

"[Facebook] gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read Facebook users’ private messages."

Is "I'm not on Facebook" the new "I'm vegan" meme? It's unclear.

But leaving Facebook is probably easier than going vegan. You should .

Full Story:
nyti.ms/2GqnbC9

"All this pressure to conform and bring spy hubs into homes is a strange phenomenon: it’s occurring while the U.S. has near-monthly Congressional hearings on Big Tech’s blunders," says @diggity of @Purism.

Tech like and are the alternative. Help us build a new generation of tech that respects your privacy.

puri.sm/posts/2018-holiday-sea

We have reached 500 followers on Mastodon! 🎉

Welcome new followers, and thanks to everyone who's already been part of the community!

(To be honest, our Mastodon followers are much more engaged than our Twitter followers, even though we have 4X as many Twitter followers...But don't tell them we said that!)

And what if you want to give a gift to the FreedomBox Foundation? We already have , so you shouldn't stuff those in our stocking. But we do need donations!

Why should you donate today? We explain here: freedomboxfoundation.org/donat

❄️Happy Holidays to all who celebrate this season!❄️

What gifts are you giving this year? We know what we're giving to our friends: kits!

Here is a picture of a kit that we're giving to one of our community members.

Did you know that has a major presence in rural India? Do you want to learn more about it?

This weekend, our core developer @njoseph and his colleague Sudhamsh Kandukuri delivered a presentation about !

"Digital Empowerment in Rural India - powered by FreedomBox"

Check out the slides to see some amazing pictures:
njoseph.me/~joseph/Digital%20E

Video recording coming soon!

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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.

Slides:
njoseph.me/~joseph/Digital%20E

Video recording: coming soon!

#FreedomBox #Swecha #FSMI #XConfIndia #ThoughtWorks

Check out this video of Eben Moglen speaking about at Yale Law School!

Shout out to @privacylab for organizing this event!

Eben Moglen: "Better than Rage Against the Machine..."
youtu.be/khO76Mpo9dg

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Contributing design to projects as a not established contributor is an invidious task. Most free software projects don't even have the capacity or expertise to evaluate any contribution other than a collective gut feeling. If you run a free software project, try to have a design team. Otherwise you'll miss contributions.

#freesoftware #design #contribute

"And if no one can imagine doing social networking better than Facebook, remember that no one dreamed that the personal computer, once little more than a toy for hobbyists, would displace the mighty mainframe."

Maybe the personal server can replace the mighty centralized servers of major platforms too.🤔

What do you think?

nyti.ms/2G6XiHu

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