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Learn About the FreedomBox!

Eben Moglen explained the FreedomBox in a short interview with the CBS Evening News. We also have a one page flyer that explains the box quickly and easily to lay people. Print and distribute it at your next conference!

What is FreedomBox?

FreedomBox will put in people's own hands and under their own control encrypted voice and text communication, anonymous publishing, social networking, media sharing, and (micro)blogging.

Much of the software already exists: onion routing, encryption, virtual private networks, etc. There are tiny, low-watt computers known as "plug servers" to run this software. The hard parts is integrating that technology, distributing it, and making it easy to use without expertise. The harder part is to decentralize it so users have no need to rely on and trust centralized infrastructure.

That's what FreedomBox is: we integrate privacy protection on a cheap plug server so everybody can have privacy. Data stays in your home and can't be mined by governments, billionaires, thugs or even gossipy neighbors.

With FreedomBoxes in their homes, anybody, regardless of technical skill, can easily enjoy secure, private, even anonymous communication!

Why FreedomBox?

FreedomBox integrates privacy protection on a cheap plug server so everybody can have privacy. Data stays in your home and can't be mined by governments, billionaires, thugs or even gossipy neighbors. Other practical examples where FreedomBox is useful:

For a list of specific FreedomBox capabilities, check out our Goals page.

Who is FreedomBox?

FreedomBox is a collaborative project of programmers around the world who believe in Free Software, Free Society. Many of its members will come from the Debian community, and many will come from other corners of the Free World. Bdale Garbee, former Debian Project Leader is the project's Tech Lead. FreedomBox is organized into WorkingGroups.

The FreedomBox Foundation, which supports the FreedomBox Project and conserves the free software it makes, is led by its President, Eben Moglen, Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and founder of the Software Freedom Law Center, Bdale Garbee, former Debian Project Leader is the project's Tech Lead and President of Software in the Public Interest, and Yochai Benkler, Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

A fuller description of our team can be found on the team page.

FAQ

The Foundation published an FAQ that starts to answer the more common questions about next steps and how we relate to the rest of the community.

Talks, Press and Appearances

We announce and document talks, press and appearances here. We also collect recordings of FreedomBox Foundation appearances and press on our Media Archive.

This page is also available in the following languages, thanks to the work of our excellent translation team: