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Preview release 0.5 / August 6, 2015 (2015-08-06)
Type Encrypted proxy server

FreedomBox is a community project to develop, design and promote[1] personal servers running free software for distributed social networking, email and audio/video communications.[2] The project was announced by Eben Moglen at the New York ISOC meeting on February 2, 2010.[3]

On February 4, 2011, Moglen formed the FreedomBox Foundation to become the organizational headquarters of the project,[4] and on February 18, 2011, the foundation started a campaign to raise $60,000 in 30 days on the crowdfunding service, Kickstarter.[5] The goal was met on February 22,[6] and on March 19, 2011, the campaign ended after collecting $86,724 from 1,007 backers.[5]

The project currently describes a FreedomBox as

The developers aim to create and preserve personal privacy by providing a secure platform for building federated social networks.[7] This shall be done by creating a software stack that can run on plug computers that can easily be located in individual residences or offices. The software stack is currently at version 0.3.[8]

The hardware currently put forward for use with the FreedomBox software is the DreamPlug.[9] By promoting a decentralized deployment of hardware, the project hopes that FreedomBoxes will "provide privacy in normal life, and safe communications for people seeking to preserve their freedom in oppressive regimes."[10]


On 27 August 2012, the first "Developer Preview" was released. It focused on laying the architecture and infrastructure groundwork, rather than being a finished product. The image did nonetheless include the first completed tool, the FreedomBox's Privoxy, which may help to make a user's communications with websites more secure.[11]
On 16 March 2014, the second "developer" release was distributed. It is billed as representing "a significant maturation of the components ... and a big step forward for the project as a whole".[12][13] In the release notes it is also claimed that "Work has really been speeding up on the FreedomBox in 2014 ..."[13]
On 21 January 2015, the third release was distributed. It added support for the BeagleBone and for Tor Hidden Services.[14]

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  1. ^ "FreedomBox/Roadmap". Debian Wiki. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  2. ^ "What will Freedom Boxes do?". FreedomBox Foundation. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  3. ^ "Highlights of Eben Moglen's Freedom in the Cloud Talk". Software Freedom Law Center. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  4. ^ "Why Political Liberty Depends on Software Freedom More Than Ever". Software Freedom Law Center. Retrieved 2011-02-20. Yesterday in the United States, we formed the FreedomBox Foundation, which I plan to use as the [...] organizational headquarters [...] 
  5. ^ a b "Push the FreedomBox Foundation from 0 to 60 in 30 days". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  6. ^ "Thank you Kickstarters". The Freedom Foundation. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  7. ^ " 2012: FreedomBox's privacy". ZDNet. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  8. ^ FreedomBox software 0.3
  9. ^ Hardware promoted by FreedomBox
  10. ^ "FreedomBox Foundation". Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ [2]
  13. ^ a b [3]
  14. ^ [4]
  15. ^ MaidSafe

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