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Two artists are working on a project commissioned by Mozilla to investigate how internet companies track and monitor people. They're collecting stories about creepy ads and will share findings in 2018.

Learn more here:

...How to stop omniscient ad brokers is not a mystery. And it's easy.

Here's how to do it using :
1. Host an ad-blocking proxy (Privoxy) on your
2. Configure your devices to connect to the net through your proxy
3. Browse the net without being tracked

"Digital ads are starting to feel psychic," says one writer. Everyone has a story about an in-app ad that coincided w/ a real purchase even though there was no way for the app to know about the real purchase.

How this happens is a mystery. But...

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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.

#privacy #selfhosting

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Are you interested in #SelfHosting or #CommunityHosting to help you and your friends/family regain control of your data?

There are many projects trying to make it easier and cheaper to store data on low-cost low-power computers such as the #RaspberryPi or #BeagleBoneBlack :




and also a good thread about this topic:

#FreedomBox #YunoHost #FreedomBone

is enabled by proprietary software, repressive states, & complicit tech companies.

How can we fix this?

Three steps:
1. Host a chat app on your
2. Install clients on your & your friends' devices
3. Chat privately device-to-device through your

What happens when users rely on proprietary software platforms that are run by corporations at the mercy of governments?

This happens: iPhones with China-specific configurations crashed when users typed the word "Taiwan."

Let's regain control.


At @sflc's 2015 Fall Conference, our lead developer Sunil Mohan Adapa presented a demo of an earlier version of . We've progressed so much since then!

Watch Sunil & Eben Moglen discuss here:

REMINDER: progress call tomorrow! ☎️

WHEN: Saturday, July 14th at 14:00 UTC

WHERE: We are using Mumble voice over IP (VoIP). Connect to server <> on port: 64738

Learn how to connect to calls here:

All are welcome!

You: Why should users insist on using fully free and open source software on their devices?

Us: If you can't see the code, you can't trust the device.

You: Prove it.

Us: Chinese phone cameras self-activate with certain apps (e.g. browsers & chat apps).

"China is reversing the commonly held vision of technology as a great democratizer, bringing people more freedom and connecting them to the world. In China, it has brought control."

Technology: tool of freedom or control? This is why we need .


The web interface (plinth) v0.33.1 has been released and uploaded to Debian unstable!

Main changes include:
-Updated translations for 8 languages
-Updated UI for firewall & apps

13 people contributed to this release!

Facebook and Twitter announced new disclosure efforts.

...but what if we all used a platform that had no ads? What if our platforms were fully free and open source and enabled users to inspect them?

We have the technology to do this: .

Did you know...🤔

...that you can make a private server running 100% and software for ~$60?💸

...and that we made a video that teaches you what you need to know in only 5⃣ minutes?⏳

Full video at the bottom of this page:

REMINDER: ☎️ community call happening in ONE HOUR ☎️

WHEN: Sunday, June 24th at 17:00 UTC

WHERE: We are using Mumble/Plumble, voice over IP (VoIP) applications. Please connect to server <> on port: 64738

All are welcome! See you there!

We designed to solve one problem: plenty of good tools exist, but people have trouble finding and using them.

So we collected some of the best , packaged it in one system, and made it easy to use.

Here's a peek at some of our apps & services.

The New York Times recommends two tools to protect your : a and an ad-blocker.

offers both of these tools (and more).

We give you @OpenVPN to protect your browsing and to block and trackers.

Built in, for free.😎🆓


The web interface (plinth) v0.32.0 has been released to unstable!

Some of the changes:
-New card based design
-Mediawiki: Enable image uploads
-Updated translations for 10 languages

19 people contributed to this release!

Us: Did you know that you can contribute to starting today?

You: How? 🤔

Us: Where to begin...[pulls out two lists]

You: 🤯

1. FreedomBox Wiki
3. Code repositories


The web interface (plinth) v0.31.0 has been released to unstable! Check it out here:

13 people contributed to the git repository for this release. And we updated translations for 8 languages!