In this new age of social networking and digital communications, privacy became the most talked about and controversial subject. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg once famously said, "the age of privacy is over". This statement was kind of a warning bell to all those who wanted companies like Google, Facebook etc. to respect their user's privacy. FreedomBox foundation is a free software system built to keep your communications free and private whether chatting with friends or protesting in the street.
What is Freedom Box?
Freedom Box is the name given to a free software system built to keep your communications free and private whether chatting with friends or protesting in the street.
Freedom Box software is particularly tailored to run in "plug servers," which are compact computers that are no larger than the power adapters for electronic appliances. Located in people's homes or offices such inexpensive servers can provide privacy in normal life, and safe communications for people seeking to preserve their freedom in oppressive regimes.
Because social networking and digital communications technologies are now critical to people fighting to make freedom in their societies or simply trying to preserve their privacy where the Web and other parts of the Net are intensively surveilled by profit-seekers and government agencies. Yet, instead of technology supporting these new modes of communications, smartphones, mobile tablets, and other common forms of consumer electronics are being built as "platforms" to control their users and monitor their activity.
Freedom Box exists to provide people with privacy-respecting technology alternatives that enable normal communication in normal times, and that offer ways to collaborate safely and securely with others in building social networks of protest, demonstration, and mobilization for political change in the not-so-normal times.
Support FreedomBox Foundation
The release timeline for this software depends a good deal on how much support FreedomBox Foundation can gather this month. The intended fundraising goal has already been achieved which clearly shows how much people really care about this project. And if you want to educate yourself on the topic, you need to watch this inspiring speech by Eben Moglen on Internet privacy and freedom in the cloud.