|This article relies on references to primary sources. (November 2011)|
|Preview release||0.1 / August 27, 2012|
|Type||Personal web server|
FreedomBox is a community project to develop, design and promote personal servers running free software for distributed social networking, email and audio/video communications. The project was announced by Eben Moglen at the New York ISOC meeting on February 2, 2010.
On February 4, 2011, Moglen formed the FreedomBox Foundation to become the organizational headquarters of the project, and on February 18, 2011, the foundation started a campaign to raise $60,000 in 30 days on the crowdfunding service, Kickstarter. The goal was met on February 22, and on March 19, 2011, the campaign ended after collecting $86,724 from 1,007 backers.
The project currently describes a FreedomBox as
|“||a personal server running a free software operating system, with free applications designed to create and preserve personal privacy.||”|
The developers aim to create and preserve personal privacy by providing a secure platform for building federated social networks. 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. 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."
- 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.
- 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". In the release notes it is also claimed that "Work has really been speeding up on the FreedomBox in 2014 ..."
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- "What will Freedom Boxes do?". FreedomBox Foundation. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
- "Highlights of Eben Moglen's Freedom in the Cloud Talk". Software Freedom Law Center. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
- "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 [...]"
- "Push the FreedomBox Foundation from 0 to 60 in 30 days". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
- "Thank you Kickstarters". The Freedom Foundation. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
- "Linux.conf.au 2012: FreedomBox's privacy". ZDNet. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
- "FreedomBox Foundation". Retrieved 2011-02-20.
- The FreedomBox Foundation website
- FreedomBox Development Wiki
- freedombox-discuss mailing list
- "Decentralizing the Internet So Big Brother Can’t Find You", The New York Times story on the project.
- "Fear of Repression Spurs Scholars and Activists to Build Alternate Internets" Chronicle Article from Sept 18th, 2011